EU To Seek Ban on Oil, Gas Exploration in the Arctic

The European Commission proposal reflects the EU's efforts to boost its role on the global stage, though it has limited influence in the Arctic.

Sabine Siebold, Reuters

The European Union will seek a ban on tapping new oil, coal and gas deposits in the Arctic to protect a region severely affected by climate change, according to a proposal for the bloc's new Arctic strategy published on Oct. 13.

The European Commission proposal reflects the EU's efforts to boost its role on the global stage, though it has limited influence in the Arctic. It is not a member of the Arctic Council, the regional coordinating body, though three of its member states—Denmark, Finland and Sweden—are.

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