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SCPAR meeting, 12-13 February 2020, Strasbourg

Panel of the meeting of the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region Panel of the meeting of the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region
Meeting of the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region © European Union 2020 – EP/Fred MARVAUX

The first 2020 meeting of the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region (SCPAR) was held at the European Parliament.

It took place in Strasbourg on 12-13 February 2020 with constructive and useful contributions by SCPAR Members, MEPs, representatives of the European External Action Service, the European Commission and other experts, as well as SCPAR observers (Nordic Council, West Nordic Council, Sami parliamentary conference).

MEP Andreas Schwab, Chair of the DEEA, hosted this meeting and co-chaired it with the Norwegian MP Eirik Sivertsen, Chair of the Standing Committee.

Participants discussed the EU Arctic policy and Arctic as an area of global competition, new challenges and opportunities arising due to the climate change and their impact on the local communities, as well as potential for EU's role as a constructive partner and ally. Importance of keeping Arctic as area of low tension, characterized by pragmatic cooperation and dialogue, was underlined.

The meeting continued with the day-to-day activities of the SCPAR and the preparation for the 14th Conference of the Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region (CPAR) scheduled on 1-3 September 2020 in Norway.

Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region

The Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region (CPAR), established in 1993, is a parliamentary body comprising delegations appointed by the national parliaments of the Arctic states (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the USA) and by the European Parliament. It also includes Permanent Participants representing indigenous peoples, and observers. The conference meets every two years.

The Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region (SCPAR) is responsible for work continuity between conferences. It meets 2 to 4 times a year in one of the participating countries to discuss the Arctic issues and to ensure a follow-up to the conference statement.

The European Parliament is a full member of the CPAR and of its Standing Committee. Chair of the DEEA represents the EP at its meetings.

Previous meetings

A summary of inter-parliamentary meetings held during the European Parliament's 8th term (2014-2019) can be found in the delegation's archives.