Socioeconomic and Cultural Changes in the European Arctic

Adam Stepien, Karolina Banul, Adriana Scheepstra, Karin van Dam, Kirsi Latola, Timo Koivurova

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The chapter provides overview of the Arctic sociocultural landscape, highlighting innovative and growing Arctic cities, thinnig-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 actions affecting socioeconomic and cultural development, 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.
The EU's focus on entrepreneurship and innovation within co-operation and cohension programmes is likely to continue in the future, although greater attention to gender issues and indigenous peoples is recommended. Intra-regional accessibility and connectivity must not be neglected. The special characteristics and needs of Arctic cities need to be taken into account in EU policies and programmes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Changing Arctic and the European Union
Subtitle of host publicationA book based on the Report "Strategic Assessment of Developement of the Arctic: Assessment Conducted for the European Union
EditorsAdam Stepien, Timo Koivurova, Paula Kankaanpää
PublisherBrill / Nijhoff
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-30317-1
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2016

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NameNijhoff Law Specials

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