Economic Cooperation

Working Group on Economic Cooperation


The Barents Region holds remarkable economic potential. It is an important producer of natural resources and an important supplier of raw materials and Northern know-how. The Region offers great possibilities for economic activities for example in the fields of extractive industry, tourism and oil and gas production. In the long term, the opening of the Northern Sea Route will bring the Region new economic prospects.

The Working Group on Economic Cooperation (WGEC) seeks to promote economic development of the Barents Region through enhanced cooperation between the BEAC member states. WGEC works closely together with the regional business life, the Chambers of Commerce and the Barents Business Advisory Group (BBAG). The biennial Barents Industrial Partnership meetings are the highlights of each WGEC Presidency.    

There is a separate forum for forest sector cooperation in the Barents Region – the Barents Forest Sector Network (BFSN) which reports to the Working Group on Economic Cooperation.

Russia holds the WGEC chairmanship 2015-2017.


Rafael Usubov (Chair)
Department of Economic Cooperation
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Tel. +7 499 241 31 24.

Petri Haapalainen
Ministerial Adviser
Ministry of Employment and Economy
Tel. +358 295064922

Ine Charlotte Paulsen
Specialist Director
Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries
Tel. +47 41674713

Elinor Blomberg 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs  
Tel: +46 8 405 90 55 
Mob: +46 72 506 12 58 

Survey for project actors and relevant stakeholders in the Barents region
Survey related to the development of collaboration within the Barents region

RWGIEC meeting and Arctic seminar in Stockholm


Report on Financing of Barents Cooperation
The report gives an overview and analysis of the existing financing instruments and recommendations how to enhance the Barents cooperation.

Project funding in Barents

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