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Cooperation in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region

Cooperation in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region was launched in 1993 on two levels: intergovernmental Barents Euro-Arctic Council and interregional Barents Regional Council. The overall objective of Barents cooperation has been sustainable development. The region was an area of military confrontation during the Cold War. The underlying premise was that close cooperation secures poltical long-term stability and reduces possible tensions. This objective has already been successfully achieved. The Barents cooperation has fostered a new sense of unity and closer contact among the people of the region which is an excellent basis for further progress.

Cooperation on governmental and regional level

The members of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council are Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the European Commission. The chairmanship of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council rotates between Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden. Russia holds the chairmanship for the period 2015-2017.

Fourteen counties or similar sub-national entities form the Barents Regional Council.  Kainuu, Finland, is the chair of the BRC for the period 2015-2017.

The representatives of the three indigenous peoples, the S├ími, the Nenets and the Vepsians, cooperate in the Working Group of Indigenous Peoples (WGIP). It has an advisory role in both the BEAC and the BRC which means that their participation is welcome in all Barents Working Groups, that the WGIP Chair is a member of the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) and the Barents Regional Committee, and that they are always represented at the BEAC Ministerial Sessions and the Barents Regional Council meetings. As of a CSO decision in February 2011, all three indigenous peoples of the Barents Region can participate individually in the CSO meetings, without a formal invitation.   

Where appropriate, there is also coordination with the relevant activities of the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Council of Baltic Sea States, the Arctic Council and the Northern Dimension. 

The Barents cooperation in a few pages (updated October 2013):

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