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Discussion with Minister Petříček in the Artic Circle
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Discussion with Minister Petříček in the Arctic Circle


Tomáš Petříček, Minister of Foreign Affairs, participated in the on-line debate organized by the Arctic Circle on 25th March. During the discussion, he presented the candidacy of the Czech Republic for Observer Status in the Arctic Council

Minister Petříček highlighted the growing importance of the Arctic region in connection with global climate change. He pointed out the long-term and active involvement of Czech scientists in the region and their participation in many international projects. He also mentioned the well-established Czech scientific infrastructure in the Arctic (own research station). Minister added that granting the Observer Status to the Czech Republic would strengthen its relations with the Arctic countries. It would also bring new possibilities for Czech scientists to join new projects. During the Q&A part of the meeting, Minister Petříček took several questions from the audience. They focused mainly on getting more detailed information on possible Czech involvement in the work of the Arctic Council, especially with regard to the sustainable development of the Arctic, environmental protection and improving living conditions of indigenous people.
The Czech Republic submitted its Application for Observer Status in the Arctic in December last year. There are currently 13 countries with Observer Status and the Arctic Council meeting in Reykjavik in May 2021 will decide on new applications.