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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 348

Arctic representatives and EU talk investment in digital at first Arctic Stakeholder Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 21 settembre 2018

The European Commission has welcomed some 120 representatives from the Arctic, including the indigenous peoples, to discuss how our most northern region can be developed sustainably.
Among the priorities covered: connecting the Arctic and improving its accessibility through high-speed broadband. Also EU funding for cross-border cooperation figured high on the agenda, along with sustainable investment and Arctic science.Europe’s strength lies in its diversity and inclusivity. But living in the northern periphery, it can be challenging to make your voice heard. That’s why the European Commission has invited Arctic representatives to come to Brussels and discuss their needs and policy recommendations in the first Arctic Stakeholder Conference.
Main topic of the conference was connecting the Arctic to the rest of the world, notably through broadband connection. Fast-speed internet access is essential to develop private and public services in the region, including distance education and e-health.However, rolling out such a network in remote areas requires significant investments, and while EU funding is available for Member States, it is not used to the full extent. The conference has looked at ways to improve its uptake.Investing in the Arctic economy is needed to secure long-term welfare and wellbeing of the local population. However, when thinking about the needs of future generations, we should pay equal attention to the rich cultural heritage coming from the indigenous way of life.Listening to the opinion of those who have been living there the longest is therefore a cornerstone of the EU’s Arctic policy. At the meeting, the Arctic indigenous peoples could clarify how we can strike this delicate balance and develop their native area sustainably.

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