EU European Arctic Information Centre (EUAIC) initiative
European Union Arctic Information Centre initiative
is the international network of 19 leading Arctic research and outreach institutions from the various European Union Members States, and the EEA countries.
The EUAIC initiative was made during years 2009 - 12 as the most experienced professional network of European institutions for information, outreach and insight into Arctic issues. 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 European Commission selected the consortium to carry out an one million euro project to produce a “Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment of development of the Arctic
”. The project will last eighteen months during 2013–2014.
The initiative follows the Arctic statements of the European Union (Commission 2008 and the Council 2009) that have high importance for sustainable development of the Arctic regions.