Barents Euro-Arctic 20 years Anniversary
3-4 June 2013, Kirkenes, Norway
Kirkenes, a small town in Northern Norway close to the Russian border, will soon witness a significant event when the Prime Ministers of the Barents Member States convene at a meeting that is to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council. The actual date of signing the Kirkenes Declaration was the 11th January. The festivities commenced with a meeting of the signatories of the Declaration who were Foreign Ministers at that time. But now it is more than symbolism because the present Prime Ministers are to issue a new Declaration that will cast a glance at the future cooperation and do some stocktaking of results of the Barents cooperation during the first two decades.
Until now such high-level meetings of the Prime Ministers of the Barents Member States have been organized only once in every ten years. Therefore this anniversary event is truly remarkable. The setting is also exceptional when Kirkenes hosts a multilateral Prime Minister Meeting, the first since 2003. There will be an outdoor concert preceding a big reception at Thon Hotel on 3rd June 2013. The following day the programme culminates in a panel discussion with the Prime Ministers and their delegations. Representatives of the Barents Observer States, governors of the northernmost counties and prominent persons active in the Barents region are expected to attend the meeting numbering nearly 250 people altogether.
Prior to the Prime Minister Meeting the Regional Council and Committee as well as the Committee of Senior Officials will hold their respective meetings. In other words, all potential actors gather for advancing the Barents cooperation when summer is setting in also in the High North.
See for more information from the Barents Summit 2013 website
and from www.regjeringen.no
Declaration on the 20th Anniversary of the Barents Euro-Arctic Cooperation