Transport

Steering Committee for the Barents Euro-Arctic Transport Area 

The need for co-operation on transport issues between the countries of the Barents Region was raised at the third Pan-European Transport Conference in Helsinki in 1997 and the Barents Region was subsequently introduced into the EU transport co-operation as a Transport Area.

The Steering Committee for the Barents Euro-Arctic Transport Area (BEATA) co-operation was established and guidelines for its work drawn up at a meeting in Copenhagen in May 1998 between the Ministers for Transport from Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden and representatives from the European Commission.

The main aim is to strengthen co-operation in order to create an efficient transport system in the Barents Region that integrates the different means of transport. The co-operation includes border crossing points, customs co-operation, maintenance and reconstruction as well as new projects to improve the infrastructure.

The Steering Committee is required to submit a report once a year to the BEAC and to the European Commission. The chairmanship of the Steering Committee rotates between the members on a two-year basis. The Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communication has established a permanent secretariat in Helsinki to assist the Steering Committee.

Russia holds the chairmanship 2015-2017. In accordance with the chairmanship the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation held the BEAC Transport Ministerial meeting in Arkhangelsk on 21 June 2016. As a result of the meeting the Joint Declaration on Transport Development in the Barents Region was adopted. The work under the Transport Plan draft is continuing.

Joint Declaration of the BEAC Transport Ministerial Meeting on Transport Development in the Barents Region 2016

Updated draft Joint Barents Transport Plan presented by Russian Federation in Arkhangelsk 21st of June 2016 EN

Updated draft Joint Barents Transport Plan presented by Russian Federation in Arkhangelsk 21st of June 2016 RU

Contacts:

Russia
Sergey Andreev (Chair)
Ministry of Transport
Tel: +7 4994950571
E-mail: AndreevSA@mintrans.ru

Nadezhda Karkach
Ministry of Transport
Tel: + 7 4954990000 (1923)
E-mail: KarkachNV@mintrans.ru

Norway
Paal Iversen
Ministry of Transport and Communications
Tel: +47 22 24 81 74
Mob: +47 411 62 861
E-mail: paal.iversen@sd.dep.no

Sweden
Lena Kling
Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation
Tel. +46 84052306, +46 703424700
E-mail: Lena.Kling@regeringskansliet.se

Dharmesh Shah
Department of Transport and Housing
Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation
103 33 Stockholm
Tel. +46 8 405 25 76, +46 703 19 53 93
E-mail: dharmesh.shah@gov.se 

Finland
Tuija Maanoja
Senior Specialist
Ministry of Transport and Communications
Tel: +358 916028686, +358 405447947
E-mail: tuija.maanoja@lvm.fi

Sanna Ruuskanen
Director of Unit
Ministry of Transport and Communications
Tel: +358 50 376 2377, +358 295 34 2077
E-mail: sanna.ruuskanen@lvm.fi

European Union
Catharina Sikow-Magny
European Commission
Tel: +32 22962125
E-mail: catharina.sikow@ec.europa.eu


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