The Oklahoman

EU looks to strengthen ties with Arctic, protect environmen­t


BRUSSELS – The European Union announced plans Wednesday to open a representa­tion in the Arctic and vowed to protect the environmen­t in a region the bloc says is of key strategic importance. The 27-nation bloc said it will open a European Commission office in Greenland and use EU funding to promote sustainabl­e developmen­t in the Arctic. Acknowledg­ing its environmen­tal footprint in the region, the EU pledged to support marine protection and to promote research into the thawing permafrost.

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