The main issue discussed in the meeting was adopting the Joint Statement, emphasizing the need to ease the visa regime in the region and, as a long-term goal, making the Barents region visa-free area for residents and also for travellers from outside the region. First vice-governor of Nenets Autonomous District Yury Muradov stated, that the initiative to ease the visa regime in the Barents region is fully supported by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow.
First vice-governor of Nenets Autonomous District Yury Muradov
Barents Regional Youth Council got support for three years
The activities of the Barents Regional Youth Council (BRYC) were introduced by the newly appointed chair Tim Andersson, who is also actively involved in cooperation of journalists of the region (Barents Press). Based on their Action Plans, the Barents Regional Youth Council was allocated financial support for three years by the member-regions of the Barents Regional Council. The BRYC was also added to the organizational chart of the Barents cooperation with a formal status of a Regional Working Group.
“It is all about the good spirit of cooperation”, said Region Mayor Mika Riipi
The Regional Council approved also the new Barents Programme 2019-2023, drafted by the Regional Committee’s Task Force. Among other issues the current status of the new Kolarctic CBC programme was introduced to the BRC meeting participants. About 70% of the programme budget, co-funded by all four Barents member-states and the EU, is already reserved to the selected projects, waiting for the final approval in June.