Environment continues to be a high priority for the Barents cooperation. Foreign Ministers of the four Barents countries - Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden - emphasized it during the annual International Kirkenes Conference held on 17 February this year. Read more
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 Read more
This is a challenge, which inspired Norwegian Chairmanship of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (2020-2021) to continue active climate-related work, involving all Barents working groups and other relevant actors. Read more
A speech at the annual Kirkenes Conference held digitally on February 17, 2021 Read more
On 18th of January Mr. Markus Karlsen took up his post as the new Head of the International Barents Secretariat. He succeeds Mr. Tomas Hallberg who completed his term.