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China – Iceland Arctic Economic Roundtable starts today
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:07

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images) The China – Iceland Arctic Economic Roundtable will take place today in Hotel Natura, Nautholsvegur 52 in Reykjavik from 15.00 – 17.00.

The event is open to all interested parties. Admittance fee is 2.500 IKR. Registration is online - click here.

Participants will include Icelandic companies and other invited parties, governmental and regional officials, and Chinese companies and officials interested in economic cooperation in the Arctic. The central theme is ´Synergies between China and Iceland for Arctic Economic Cooperation´. Included will be presentations from Chinese and Icelandic companies and officials and discussions on further Arctic economic cooperation. Representatives of the China-Nordic Arctic Research Center (CNARC) Member Institutes will also provide comments on wider China-Nordic Arctic economic cooperation.

The roundtable will be a final component in the 2nd China-Nordic Arctic Cooperation Symposium in keeping with the model established during the 1st China-Nordic Arctic Cooperation Symposium which was held in Shanghai in June of 2013.

Economic cooperation between Iceland and China has increased significantly in the past two years. In April 2012 the Icelandic and Chinese governments signed a framework agreement on Arctic Cooperation as well as an MoU in the field of marine and polar science and technology. Since then the Chinese icebreaker R/V Xuelong visited Iceland during CHINARE5; a China-Nordic Arctic Research Center has been established in Shanghai and a joint China-Iceland Aurora Observatory in the North East of Iceland has been established with the foundation being formally laid in June this year. Economic cooperation has also been strengthened and in the year 2013 Iceland became the first European country to sign a Free Trade Agreement with China and China-Iceland partnerships include cooperation in energy (geothermal/oil and gas), shipping, finance, seafood etc. with many more Arctic economic cooperation opportunities on the horizon.

Organizers and inviters of the China-Iceland Arctic Economic Roundtable are the Icelandic Arctic Chamber of Commerce, the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network, the Icelandic Center for Research and the China-Nordic Arctic Research Center (CNARC) with support from the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

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2nd CNACS continues
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 09:03

(Photo: Magdalena Tomasik) Halldór Jóhannsson introducing the Arctic Portal (Photo: Magdalena Tomasik) Halldór Jóhannsson introducing the Arctic PortalThe second China – Nordic Arctic Cooperation Symposium will continue throughout the day at the University of Akureyri, northern Iceland.


Today´s agenda will include various speeches on Arctic Policy and Governance.


Click here to see the detailed agenda.


The Symposium will end at 17.30 with the closing remarks given by Zhang Xia, the Head of Strategic Studies Division, PRIC & Deputy Director of CNARC and Eygló Harðardóttir, the Minister for Nordic Cooperation.


Tomorrow, 5th of June, the China – Iceland Arctic Economic Roundtable will take place in Hótel Natura, Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland.


The registration is still open. Click here for more information about the China – Arctic Economic Roundtable.

China – Nordic Symposium starts today
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 08:13

(Photo: Hjalti Þ. Hreinsson) (Photo: Hjalti Þ. Hreinsson) Second China – Nordic Arctic Cooperation Symposium starts today at the University of Akureyri, northern Iceland.

Yesterday, Assembly of CNARC Member Institutes took place. The participants were invited to participate in the excursion to Kárhóll, Reykjadal where the foundations of the Aurora Observatory and reception took place.

Today, the Sypmosium was opened with the welcoming speech by Hallgrímur Jónasson, Director of RANNIS.

Plenary keynotes are being given by the President of Iceland, Mr Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Mr Chen Laiping, Counselor at the Embassy of China in Iceland and Marit Lillealtern, chargé d´affaires of the Embassy of Norway.

The conference will continue until Wednesday afternoon. It is open to all registered participants. The registration can be completed here.

The EU and the Arctic: Seminar in Reykjavik
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Written by Federica   
Monday, 02 June 2014 13:15

Today, Monday June 2 from 13:30 to 16:00 at the Nordic House

The EU and the Arctic

An open seminar hosted by the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies at the University of Iceland and the EU Info Centre in Iceland in cooperation with the Nordic Region in Focus.

This seminar will focus on the European Union and the Arctic. Emphasis will be placed on the formation of the EU’s Arctic Policy. How has it developed and which actors within the EU (institutions and member states) have a role in its implementation? What are the next steps for the EU in the Arctic? Furthermore, the seminar will explore to what extent the EU can influence policymaking in the High North. Moreover the focus will be on new shipping routes in the Arctic and various services related to them, such as transshipment ports and search and rescue centers.

Keynote speaker:
Richard Tibbels
Head of Divison, Arctic Affairs at the European External Action Service (EEAS) explains the European Union’s Arctic Policy.

The EU's Arctic Policy - What it is and what needs to be done
Hannu Halinen, Arctic Ambassador of Finland.

European Union in the Arctic. Insights on the EU Arctic Policy and Beyond
Malgorzata Smieszek, Researcher, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland.

"Step-by-Step - Oh Baby" - The European Union on its Arctic Path
Andreas Raspotnik, Analyst at the Arctic Institute.

Moderator: Margrét Cela, Project Manager at the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies, University of Iceland.

Coffee break with light refreshments.

Fundurinn fer fram á ensku. Allir velkomnir.
The seminar will take place in English and is open to the public.

Iceland and China decide the date for FTA
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 30 May 2014 08:31

(Photo: Hjalti Þ. Hreinsson) Chinese and Icelandic flags (Photo: Hjalti Þ. Hreinsson) Chinese and Icelandic flags The Free Trade Agreement between China and Iceland was signed last month. It happened for the first time in history that China has agreed an FTA with an European country.

First negotiations started in late 2006 but were put on hold during the world´s economic crisis. Chinese and Icelandic officials resumed talks and agreed on final terms in January 2014.

Early this week, both countries decided for the agreement to come into force on July 1st 2014.

The FTA will serve the mutual for Iceland and China benefits in trade and investment. The tariffs on most goods will be removed what means that China´s export to Iceland will be tax free.

Both nations will exclude certain products from tariff preferences, with Iceland excluding dairy and meat products, for example, and China excluding some paper products.

The FTA could be an important factor of China's upcoming natural resources exploration mission in the Arctic. It will also go some way to showing how the Asian nation can develop trade links with other European countries.


Click here to access Free Trade Agreement between China and Iceland and other supporting documents.

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