Barents Spektakel is attracting more visitors every year. The Barents Committee of Senior Officials, the Working Group on Culture and the Regional Committee all met in Kirkenes during BarentSpektakel in February. In addition, Kirkenes also hosted two well attended indigenous events: the 2nd Barents Indigenous Peoples’ Congress and the Seminar on Business and Environment with Dr. James Anaya, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as keynote speaker. The next issue will look closer into the Norwegian Chairmanship priorities concerning indigenous peoples.
Barents Free Way approved
Congratulations to Kainuu and other involved regions to the approval of the transport project Barents Freeway by the Kolarctic ENPI Program. Congratulations also to Norrbotten for approval on a project on small and medium sized enterprises. A project coming to an end is the Barents Encyclopedia. BarentSaga plans to report on these projects in the next issue.
The Barents Cooperation is approaching its 20th Anniversary. To mark this jubilee, the Prime Ministers of Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Russia will meet in Kirkenes June 3-4, 2013.
BarentSaga will come back to this and other interesting topics in later issues.
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