Barents Ministerial Meeting on Transport, which took place on September 12 in Umeå, marked the conclusion of the Swedish Chairmanship in the Steering Committee for the Barents Euro-Arctic Transport Area (BEATA) and the adoption of a Ministerial Declaration as well as a revised version of the Joint Barents Transport Plan.
The recommendations for future development of transport infrastructure include increasing the knowledge about the transport flows and transport needs in the Barents region; creating conditions for the transport system users to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases; increasing road safety and safety at sea; creating a more efficient transport system and reduce border crossing obstacles.
Participants of the BEAC Ministerial on Transport in Umeå, 2019
Annelie Mannertorn, the outgoing Chair of the Steering Committee, said she was happy with the outcomes of the meeting and stressed the significance of the adopted Ministerial Declaration, which "makes it possible to work with the climate challenges we have, as well as meeting the needs of men and women in the transport system". Ms. Mannertorn also highlighted the successful revision of the Joint Barents Transport Plan and a new ferry boat between Umeå (SE) and Vasa (FI) to be commissioned in two years.
On the threshold of Norway taking over the BEAC Chairmanship, Paal Iversen, Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications and the incoming Chair of the BEATA, noted that the Norwegian Chairmanship would "base its work on the Joint Barents Transport Plan and its recommendations".
All documents can be found on the webpage of the Steering Committee for the Barents Euro-Arctic Transport Area (BEATA): https://www.barentscooperation.org/en/Working-Groups/BEAC-Working-Groups/Transport-(BEATA)
A short video of the meeting is available here.