Joint Working Group on Youth

The main goal of the Joint Working Group on Youth (JWGY) is to increase youth cooperation in the Barents Region. Two working groups within the Barents structure - the Working Group on Youth Policy and the Regional Working Group on Youth Issues were merged into the Joint Working Group on Youth. The merging increased the effectiveness of youth issues in the Barents cooperation.

More information can be found here.

Barents Regional Youth Council 

The Barents Regional Youth Council (BRYC) works with the aim to strengthen youth cooperation in the Barents Region and empower the younger generation to participate more actively in the Barents regional development. 

The BRYC consists of 14 members representing the youth from each county, oblast, republic and okrug in the Barents region as well as the indigenous youth. The BRYC is a member of and reports to the JWGY. More information can be found here.

Barents Youth Co-operation Office

The Barents Youth Co-operation Office (BYCO) was established in Murmansk with the aim to provide information for youth groups, organisations and networks about national and international financial resources for projects, possible partners and ongoing youth projects and meetings in the Barents Region. The BYCO worked from 2002 to 2016.  


Valery Skotorenko
Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation

Grigoriy Kovalev
Chief of Youth Affairs and Patriotic Education Unit in the Department of Internal Policy of the Administration of Arkhangelsk Region
Tel: +7 8182245928, +7 9642923330

Natalia Chicherina
Acting Rector / Ph.D., Associate Professor
Northern (Arctic) Federal University
Tel: +7 8182218927, +7 9212404561

Alexey Pisarev
Head of Youth Affairs Department
Committee for NGO Relations and Youth Policy of the Murmansk Region
Tel: +7 8152486939, +7 8152486939

Seija Astala
Counsellor for Cultural Affairs
Ministry of Education and Culture
Tel: +358 295330066, +385 405155818

Minna Mustonen 
Assistant of International Affairs 
Regional Council of Kainuu 
Tel: +358 44 7100 874 

Tommy André Knutsen
Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion
Tel: +47 22242437

Hanne-Sofie Roaldsen
Youth coordinator/Adviser
Troms County Administration, Norway
Tel: +47 77788071, +47 90193931

Lotta Jarvenius Rössner
Programme Officer
Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society
Tel: +46 856621932

Mikael Bergström
Chief Transport Officer and Barents Coordinator
County Administration Board of Västerbotten
Tel: +46 102254475, +46 708788264 

Other members
Tatiana Egorova
Indigenous Peoples' representative
Tel: +79 522994507

Inna Fedorova
Barents Regional Youth Council (BRYC)
Tel: +7 (921) 150 06 04

Elizaveta Vassilieva
Norwegian Barents Secretariat
Tel: +47 406 22 047


Project funding in Barents

How to make your Barents project dreams come true? We have gathered information for all Barents relevant funding sources in our new portal.

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Internship at the IBS

The International Barents Secretariat in Kirkenes invites students and young professionals to be part of the secretariat’s team as interns. More information below.

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