EU European Arctic Information Centre (EUAIC) initiative
Nineteen top institutes on Arctic excellence in Europe propose the establishment of a permanent EU Arctic Information Centre, a "network of networks"designed to provide quick and easy information about the Arctic to policy-makers.
The network’s objective is to provide the European Union, its citizens, institutions, companies and Member States with an Arctic information source and factual overview about the status and trends in the Arctic. The EUAIC initiative network aims to act as a ‘boundary organization’ of information that facilitates two-way communication between experts, decision makers, stakeholders and the public.
The initiative is organized using a network model to operate on the basis of existing expertise and infrastructures of its network members. The network initiative has its headquarters located at the Arctic Centre (Rovaniemi, Finland), currently there are nineteen partners in the network.
The EUAIC initiative is based on a long line of European Union Arctic documents, starting from 2008. The European Parliament resolution (March 2014) on the Arctic Strategy for the EU supports the establishment of the EU Arctic Information Centre as a networked undertaking with a permanent office in Rovaniemi and urges the Commission to proceed swiftly on the establishment of the EU Arctic Information Centre after the results of the Preparatory Action project on the Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment of Development of the Arctic.