Steering Committee for the Barents Euro-Arctic Transport Area (BEATA)
The need for co-operation on transport issues between the countries of the Barents Region was raised at the third Pan-European Transport Conference in Helsinki in 1997 and the Barents Region was subsequently introduced into the EU transport co-operation as a Transport Area.
The Steering Committee for the Barents Euro-Arctic Transport Area (BEATA) co-operation was established and guidelines for its work drawn up at a meeting in Copenhagen in May 1998 between the Ministers for Transport from Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden and representatives from the European Commission.
The main aim is to strengthen co-operation in order to create an efficient transport system in the Barents Region that integrates the different means of transport. The co-operation includes border crossing points, customs co-operation, maintenance and reconstruction as well as new projects to improve the infrastructure.
Barents Ministerial Meeting on Transport, September 2019
The Steering Committee is required to submit a report once a year to the BEAC and to the European Commission. The chairmanship of the Steering Committee rotates between the members on a two-year basis. The Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communication has established a permanent secretariat in Helsinki to assist the Steering Committee.
During the Swedish Chairmanship at BEATA in 2017-2019, the Joint Barents Transport Plan Working Group, led by the Swedish Transport Authority, was established in order to update the Joint Barents Transport Plan (JBTP). The updated JBTP was presented in autumn 2019, at the end of the Swedish Chairmanship.
The Norwegian Chairmanship of BEATA has presented a proposal for the BEATA Work Programme 2020-2021 with emphasis on ITS and digitalization, Road Corridor development, Sustainability and Traffic Safety in good dialogue with the NDPTL, the Regional Working Group on Transport and Logistics, and other relevant Barents Working Groups, including Tourism.
NEW! Declaration of the Transport Ministerial Meeting of the BEAC
Declaration in Russian
NEW! Joint Barents Transport Plan Revised Draft Main Report 2019 EN (In Russian)
Joint Barents Transport Plan Appendices 2019 (In Russian)
Joint Declaration of the BEAC Transport Ministerial Meeting on Transport Development in the Barents Region 2016
Updated draft Joint Barents Transport Plan presented by Russian Federation in Arkhangelsk 21st of June 2016 EN
Updated draft Joint Barents Transport Plan presented by Russian Federation in Arkhangelsk 21st of June 2016 RU
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