Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC)

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History

11 Jan 1993, Kirkenes (Norway), as Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC), on signature of an agreement, the 'Kirkenes Declaration', by foreign ministers of the Nordic countries, Russia and a representative of the European Commission. At the same time, representatives of the Barents Region county governors and their equivalents, together with a representative of the indigenous peoples, signed a cooperation protocol that established the Barents Regional Council, with similar objectives as the BEAC. Previously also referred to as: Barents Euro Arctic Region (BEAR Council); Council of the Barents Region; Council of the Barents Arctic Region; Council of the Euro Arctic Region. International Barents Secretariat (IBS) set up by Agreement on the Establishment of an International Barents Secretariat (IBS), 15 Nov 2007, Rovaniemi (Finland).

Aims

Support and promote intergovernmental and regional cooperation in various fields, including: economic, social and environmental issues, education, culture, transport, logistics and rescue services.

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Activities

Cooperation is both intergovernmental among all countries of the region (BEAC), and cross-border among regional administrations of Northwest Russia, Northern Finland, Northern Norway and Northern Sweden (BRC). Projects: Barents Industrial Partnership - promotes economic development and business contacts in the Barents region; Environment and Climate Change - aims to implement environmental Hot Spots projects and develop cooperation on climate change; Health and Social Well-Being - aims to continue implementation of the Barents HIV/AIDS programme and support new initiatives; Emergency and Rescue Services; Logistics, Transport and Border Crossings - aims to improve accessibility across borders; project on development of cross-border entrepreneurship of indigenous youth; Steering Committee for the 'Barents Euro-Arctic Pan-European Transport Area (BEATA)'. Organizes conferences on economic cooperation, transport, environment, raw materials and indigenous issues.

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 3 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 2 non-governmental organizations.
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Members

Members in 16 countries
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Subjects *

  • Climatology
    • Arctic Zones

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

UIA Org ID

E1716

Last News Received

1. Jun 2017
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