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.
Sweden took over the BEAC Chairmanship from Russia at the 16th BEAC Ministerial Session in Arkhangelsk, Russia on 19th October 2017. The next chair of the BEAC will be Norway (2019-2021).
Chair 2017-2019: Sweden
The Barents Cooperation at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden
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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The International Barents Secretariat in Kirkenes invites students and young professionals to be part of the secretariat’s team as interns. More information below.