The Commission and High Representative are proposing to focus further development of the EU’s policy towards the Arctic on three key areas:
Supporting research and channel knowledge to address the challenges of environmental and climate changes in the Arctic;
Acting with responsibility to contribute to ensuring economic development in the Arctic is based on sustainable use of resources and environmental expertise;
Intensifying its constructive engagement and dialogue with Arctic States, indigenous peoples and other partners.
The document includes a reference to Arctic NGO Forum as a means to enhance its outreach to Arctic non-governmental organisations.
This link will take you to all the relevant documents, including press releases, backgrounders and a Q&A: http://eeas.europa.eu/arctic_region/index_en.htm
The new communication has generated considerable discussion. See the Arctic Portal's summary at http://arcticportal.org/news/25-other-news/797-the-eu-outlines-its-policy-for-the-arctic.
For an overview opinion piece on what the policy means, see the Arctic Institute: http://www.thearcticinstitute.org/2012/07/further-steps-towards-comprehensive-eu.html.