Maritime Forum

Maritime Forum Themes

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Indigenous people
About a third of the 4 million people living in the Arctic are indigenous. They are particularly vulnerable to the increasing pressures of climate change and globalisation. Arctic indigenous peoples in the EU are protected by special provisions under European Community Law. A key principle of the Joint Statement on EU development policy is the full participation and free, informed consent of indigenous peoples. EU regional policy and cross-border programmes also benefit indigenous peoples, whose organisations participate in the Northern Dimension. Rights of indigenous peoples are a thematic priority under the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights. Hunting marine mammals has been crucial for the subsistence of Arctic populations since prehistoric times and the right to maintain their traditional livelihood is clearly recognised. However, modern human activities have put certain of these species in danger and there is growing concern in the EU about animal welfare. EU policies should continue to take all factors into account, seeking an open dialogue with the communities concerned.
Arctic Indigenous Peoples' Dialogue

  Arctic Indigenous Peoples Dialogue 18 October 2013 Berlaymont building (Rue de la Loi 200, Brussels) – Schuman room Agenda  

Start date: 18/10/2013 - 09:00
Last update: 31/10/13

Second Arctic Dialogue meeting

On 25 January 2011 in Tromsø the Commission in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples Secretariat of the Arctic Council organised a short meeting to discuss points of common interest between the EU and the indigenous stakeholders in the Arctic.

Start date: 25/01/2011 - 14:00
Last update: 17/03/11

First Arctic dialogue workshop

 9 March 2010 - Brussels

Start date: 09/03/2010 - 18:00
Last update: 17/03/11