The future of the Barents region depends on its ability to foster youth entrepreneurship to create new jobs, new markets and new products. Within the ENPI Kolartic programme Young Innovative Entrepreneurs we strive to support and inspire young entrepreneurs in order to create dense networks that may be the first step towards a self-sustaining entrepreneurial ecosystem in Barents.
Ina Bjørnrå from Greenpeace stresses the fact that a melting Arctic is alarming. The recent focus on the Arctic revolves around the opportunities arising as polar ice retracts, rather than the challenges climate changes are causing.
Signing the Arctic Council Host Country agreement in Tromsø yesterday, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide explicitly expressed that he will work towards admitting China observer status in the Arctic Council. Carl Bildt, Chair of the Arctic Council and Swedish Foreign Minister supported the statement.