Social and cultural changes in the European Arctic

Adam Stępień, Karolina Banul, Annette Scheepstra, Kim van Dam, Kirsi Latola, Timo Koivurova

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This report’s overview of the region’s sociocultural landscape includes innovative
and growing Arctic cities, thinning-out rural areas, demographic challenges, and
dependence on extractive and primary industries. Indigenous peoples often
experience these elements in distinct manners.
The EU has a number of programmes that support socioeconomic development and co-operation in the North, as well as relevant transport policies and environmental regulations. When designing and carrying out relevant policies, the EU decision-makers should take into account: the region’s intra-regional and core-periphery connectivity; power structures, social conflicts and cultural diversity; human-nature interactions; as well as the state of innovation, entrepreneurship and education.
An EU focus on entrepreneurship and innovation within co-operation and cohesion programmes should be continued and strengthened, with greater attention to gender issues and indigenous peoples. In particular, the activism of dynamic indigenous youth should be supported. Intra-regional accessibility and connectivity, including challenging cross-border projects, must not be neglected in the light of a focus on core-periphery connections within frameworks such as the Trans-European Transport network. The special characteristics and needs of Arctic cities and their importance for regional development need to be taken into account in EU policies and programmes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStrategic assessment of development of the Arctic
PublisherEuropean Union
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - Sep-2014

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