International cooperation in the Barents region


Barents Euro-Arctic Council

  • Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC)  -  is the forum for intergovernmental cooperation on issues concerning the Barents Region. The BEAC meets at Foreign Ministers level in the country of the Chair at the end of term of office. The Chair rotates every second year in the autumn, between Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden.  BEAC has seven members; Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and European Commission
  • Barents Regional Council - unites 13 member counties and a representative of the indigenous peoples. The regional representatives, county Governors and their equivalents, together with the indigenous peoples signed a co-operation protocol that established the Regional Council with the same objectives as the BEAC ; to support and promote co-operation and development in the Barents Region.
  • Barents Regional Committee - consists of civil servants from the member counties together with a representative of the indigenous peoples. The Committee has overall responsibility for work between meetings of the Regional Council. The Committee prepares the meetings of the Regional Council and implements the decisions taken by the Regional Council.
  • Committee of Senior Officials of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (CSO) - between the BEAC meetings at Foreign Minister level every second year, work is organised by the Commitee of Senior Officials. The CSO consists of civil servants representing the governments of the six member countries and the European Commission.
  • Organization chart of the Barents Euro-Arctic co-operation


Barents secretariats

  • International Barents Secretariat (IBS) - is to provide technical support for the multilateral coordinated activities within the framework of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council and the Barents Regional Council.
  • The Norwegian Barents Secretariat - main objectives of the secretariat are for example to provide expertise and coordinate projects within the Barents Programme, including counseling of project applicants and distribute information and stimulate contact in the entire region to promote and spread the knowledge of the opportunities present in the Barents Cooperation.


Other international cooperation

  • Arctic Council - an intergovernmental forum for addressing many of the common concerns and challenges faced by the Arctic states; Canada, Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden and the United States. Priorities of the Council are protection of the Arctic environment and the promotion of sustainable development as a means of improving the economic, social, and cultural well-being of Arctic residents. The Council is also a unique forum for co-operation between national governments and indigenous peoples.
  • European Union and Northern Dimension 
  • Nordic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers - official Nordic cooperation is channelled through these two organisations. Nordic Council is the parliamentary cooperation body and Council of Ministers is the the governmental co-operation body. 
  • Northern Forum - a non-profit, international organization composed of sub-national or regional governments from eight countries. Mission is to improve the quality of life of Northern peoples by providing Northern regional leaders a means to share their knowledge and experience in addressing common challenges; and to support sustainable development and the implementation of cooperative socio-economic initiatives among Northern regions and through international fora.
  • Nordic Environment finance Corporation (NEFCO) - is a risk capital institution financing environmental projects in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Norden Association - Pohjola-Norden - a politically independent organization (NGO) with approximately 70 000 members throughout the nordic countries. The aim of the Norden Association is to stimulate and improve Nordic co-operation at all levels, especially in the fields of education, culture, the labour market, industry, mass media, international aid and environmental care.
  • Tornedalsrådet / Tornionlaakson neuvosto - missions of the organization are for example to preserve the cultural heritage of the region and to promote international and national cooperation.


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