Joint Working Group on Youth

The main goal of the Joint Working Group on Youth (JWGY) is to increase youth cooperation in the Barents Region.
Two working groups within the Barents structure - the Working Group on Youth Policy and the Regional Working Group on Youth Issues were merged into the Joint Working Group on Youth. The merging increased the effectiveness of youth issues in the Barents cooperation.

Joint Working Group on Youth, Kirkenes November 2018
Joint Working Group on Youth, Kirkenes, November 2018 

Barents Regional Youth Council 
The Barents Regional Youth Council (BRYC) works with the aim to strengthen youth cooperation in the Barents Region and empower the younger generation to participate more actively in the Barents regional development. 

The BRYC consists of 14 members representing the youth from each county, oblast, republic and okrug in the Barents region as well as the indigenous youth. The BRYC is a member of and reports to the JWGY. More information can be found here.

Barents Youth Co-operation Office 
The Barents Youth Co-operation Office (BYCO) was established in Murmansk with the aim to provide information for youth groups, organisations and networks about national and international financial resources for projects, possible partners and ongoing youth projects and meetings in the Barents Region. The BYCO worked from 2002 to 2016.  


Mr. Petter Kristiansen Arnesen
Ministry of Children and Families 
Tel: + 47 22 24 24 35

Ms. Hilde Therese Normo
Troms and Finnmark County Authority
Tel. +47 97043289

Ms. Nina Merete Austad 
Adviser for Sami language, Culture and Society 
Troms and Finnmark County Authority
Tel: +47 78963038 
Mobile: +47 99229940 

Ms. Trine Grytøyr/Ms. Åshild Opøyen
Youth Adviser
Nordland County Council
Tel: +47 93416075 / +47 99337666

Ms. Christine Olsson
Programme Officer
Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society
Tel: +46 101601095  

Mr. Mikael Bergström
Chief Transport Officer and Barents Coordinator
County Administration Board of Västerbotten
Tel: +46 102254475, +46 708788264 

Ms. Susanna Lantz 
International coordinator 
County Administration Board of Västerbotten 
Tel: +46 10 2254488 

Ms. Sofia Mörtlund
Adviser for National Minorities
Region Norrbotten
Tel: +46 72 243 2425 

Ms. Valeriia Chernogorodova
Head of International Department 
Agency for Youth Affairs of the Russian Federation
Tel: +7 495 668 80 08 (add. 2403)

Mr. Sergey Orlov
International Department 
Agency for Youth Affairs of the Russian Federation
Tel: +7 999 8722865

Mr. Ivan Zhernakov,
Deputy Minister -  Head of Youth Affairs and Patriotic Education Unit, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of Arkhangelsk Region
Tel: + 7 8182 21 55 92 

Mr. Egor Khacenko
Chair of Youth Policy Committee of the Murmansk region
Tel: +7 (8152) 486-563

Mr. Maxim Ganov
Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Youth Politics of the Republic of Komi
Tel: +7 8212 257011

Anton Pustovalov
Head of Department of Education, Culture and Sport of Nenets Autonomous Okrug
Tel: +7 818 53 2 12 80

Ms. Seija Astala
Counsellor for Cultural Affairs
Ministry of Education and Culture
Tel: +358 29 5330066, +385 40 5155818

Ms. Minna Mustonen 
Assistant of International Affairs 
Regional Council of Kainuu 
Tel: +358 44 7100 874 

Ms. Tiina Moisala
Regional Development Expert
The Regional Council of North Karelia
Tel: +358 407021575

Ms. Hanna Honkamäkilä
Manager of International Affairs
The Council of Oulu Region
Tel: +358 406854040

Other members

Ms. Tatiana Egorova
Indigenous Peoples' representative
Tel: +7 952 2994507

Ms. Daria Makhotina
Barents Regional Youth Council (BRYC)

Ms. Elizaveta Vassilieva
Norwegian Barents Secretariat
Tel: +47 406 22 047


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