The Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) is the forum for intergovernmental cooperation on issues concerning the Barents region.
The BEAC meets at Foreign Ministers' level in the chairmanship country at the end of each BEAC chairmanship term. Between the ministerial meetings, the Committee of Senior Officials organizes the work of BEAC.
The chairmanship rotates every second year between Norway, Finland, Russia and Sweden.
Russia took over the BEAC Chairmanship from Finland at the 15th BEAC Ministerial Session in Oulu, Finland on 14th October 2015. The next chair of the BEAC will be Sweden (2017-2019).
Chair 2015-2017: Russia
The Barents Cooperation at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Russia
Chair 2013-2015: Finland
The Barents Cooperation at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Chair 2011-2013: Norway
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway
Chair 2009-2011: Sweden
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden
Chair 2007-2009: The Russian Federation
The Barents Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Chair 2005-2007: Finland
Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
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During two missions, in 2007 and 2012, Swedish journalist Tom Juslin traveled through the Nordic countries to find out how climate change affects people, animals and nature. His "Climate Journey" exhibition opens the planned series of exhibitions in Kirkenes.