Chair State of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council

Russia holds the Chairmanship for the period 2015-2017

The main objective of the Russian Chairmanship is to promote sustainable social and economic development of the Barents region, build modern infrastructure, enhance the region's competitiveness and investment attractiveness while making a rational use of its scientific, innovative and resource capabilities, complying with environmental standards and taking into account the interests of the indigenous peoples.


  • Ministry for Foreign Affairs Russia
    Second European Department
    32/34 Smolenskaya-Sennaya pl. 
    119200 Moscow G-200, Russia
    Tel: +7 49 92 44 41 19


Past chairmanships

Finland held the Chairmanship for the period 2013-2015

Norway held the Chairmanship for the period 2011-2013

Sweden held the Chairmanship for the period 2009-2011

The Russian Federation held the Chairmanship for the period 2007-2009




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Internship at the International Barents Secretariat

The International Barents Secretariat in Kirkenes, Norway, now welcomes internship applications for spring 2017. Application deadline is 25 November. Interested?

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During two missions, in 2007 and 2012, Swedish journalist Tom Juslin traveled through the Nordic countries to find out how climate change affects people, animals and nature - "Climate Journey" opens the planned series of exhibitions in in Kirkenes

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