Top of the Barents

On this page we have the opportunity to talk to the Foreign Ministers and other High Representatives of the Barents countries and regions to shed light on the results and the future of the cooperation.

Finland: Building sustainable connections across borders

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Finland is taking over the Presidency of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council from Norway. We invited Foreign Minister of Finland to shed light on their priorities for the next period.

Breaking down barriers between young people

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Daria Makhotina and Martin Gamst Johnsen are leading the work the Barents Regional Youth Council and we asked them to share their views on including young people in the Barents Cooperation

Mechanisms for meaningful dialogue

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Norwegian Sami Parliament member Piera Heaika Muotka has been chairing the Working Group of Indigenous Peoples (WGIP). We spoke to him here about his experiences with the Barents Cooperation.

Sergey Lavrov's interview before the 18th Ministerial Session of the Barents/Euro-Arctic Council

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Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs replied to our questions prior to the BEAC Ministerial in Tromsoe.

Friendship and concrete cooperation projects across borders

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Gøril Johansen has been leading the Norwegian BEAC Chairmanship during 2019-2021 and we asked her to share her views on the Barents Cooperation

Bringing together the regional and the national

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We asked Mikael Bergström, who has been chairing the Barents Regional Committee under the Västerbotten chairmanship at the Barents Regional Council (2019-2021), to share his views on the Barents Cooperation.

Arctic challenges are borderless

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Michael Siebert from the European External Action Service shares his views about cross-border cooperation from the European perspective

Sweden: A Barents success for everyone

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Ann Linde is the Foreign Minister of Sweden. We spoke to her here about her thoughts on prosperity, the environment, and gender equality in the Barents Cooperation.

We share the same interests and we face common challenges

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Chair of the Joint Working Group on Health and Related Social Issues Jörgen Gyllenblad shares his thoughts on the exceptional period of digital meetings

Building on sustainable and efficient connectivity in the region

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Senior Adviser Paal Iversen has been chairing the Working Group on Transport and we asked him to share his views on the cooperation in the Barents region.

Denmark: A close interest in Barents Cooperation

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State Secretary for European Affairs and the Arctic Mr. Carsten Grønbech-Jensen will represent Denmark at the upcoming 18th BEAC Ministerial Meeting in Tromsø. We spoke to him about Denmark’s perspectives on the Barents Cooperation.

Iceland: We warmly welcome the strong focus on youth

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Prior to the upcoming BEAC Ministerial Meeting we asked the Icelandic Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson to share his thoughts about the cooperation in the Barents Region.

Nature doesn't recognize state borders

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Ministerial Adviser Henna Haapala has been chairing the Working Group on Environment and we asked her to share her views on the cooperation in the Barents region.

Barents Cooperation is part of building a better future

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New face in the Barents Regional Council newly appointed Region Mayor Markus Hirvonen from North Karelia is hopeful about meeting his colleagues face-to-face soon

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the 14th Kirkenes Conference

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A speech at the annual Kirkenes Conference held digitally on February 17, 2021

Background photo: Peter Prokosch, GRID Arendal

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