The European Union in the Northern Latitudes

  • Małgorzata ŚmieszekEmail author
Part of the Global Power Shift book series (GLOBAL)


One of the consequences of climate change has been the growing interest in the Arctic region. The unprecedented rate at which the Arctic ice coverage is melting and its implications for security, maritime transport and the energy sector have resulted in a steady growth in the region’s geopolitical and strategic importance. The purpose of the presented contribution is to highlight the potential for the external action of the European Union with regard to the High North in the light of recent developments and actions taken by the Arctic nations and other global players. The paper explores the Arctic’s present governance system and the positions taken by major actors in the region, followed by an analysis of the EU Arctic policy up to the present day. It concludes with potential fields for development to overcome the EU’s external and internal constraints in its action towards the region of the High North in order to make its mark within the changing environment of world politics and to secure its place among the global powers.


Arctic Region Foreign Affair International Maritime Organization Maritime Transport Arctic State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Europe/Jagiellonian UniversityWarszawaPoland

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