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Candidacy of the Czech Republic for Observer Status in the Arctic Council


Dear Visitor, 

Welcome to the webpages dedicated to Czech activities in the Arctic. The Czech Republic officially applied for Observer Status in the Arctic Council in December 2020. I do hope that the Czech application will be considered at the Arctic Council Meeting in Reykjavík in May 2021 and I believe the Observer Status could be mutually beneficial both for the Czech Republic and for the member states, permanent participants and observers of the Arctic Council.

The Czech Republic has a long tradition of Arctic research - Czech researchers operate an Arctic Research Station in Svalbard, Norway and actively participate in the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) providing advice to the Arctic Council. Moreover, Czech scientists are involved in a number of long-term research projects focused especially on the environment, climate change and related sociological and economic issues. 

The dramatic environmental changes in the Arctic are affecting us all - Arctic as well as non-Arctic countries such as the Czech Republic. The sooner we understand these processes, the better we can cope with their consequences. It is in the best interest of the Czech Republic to help minimize the impacts of climate change. I believe that the Observer Status in the Arctic Council would increase the potential for mutual collaboration between scientists, researchers, universities and other stakeholders. 


Aleš Chmelař

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for European Affairs



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Česko v Arktidě/Arktida v Česku 6 MB pdf (Adobe Acrobat document) Mar 29, 2021

Czechia in the Arctic/The Arctic in Czechia 6 MB pdf (Adobe Acrobat document) Mar 29, 2021

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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… more ►