The Barents Regional Committee

The Barents Regional Committee is a forum for civil servants from the member counties and a representative of the indigenous peoples. The Committee is responsible for preparing the meetings of the Regional Council.

The Committee prepares the meetings of the Regional Council and implements the decisions taken by the Regional Council. The Chairmanship of the Regional Committee is held by the same county as that of the Regional Council, and consequently alternates every second year. Each Chairman is responsible for setting up a secretariat to assist the work of the Committee. The Norrbotten County Administrative Board acted as a Chair of the Regional Committee from October 2011 until October of 2013.

In October 28, 2013 the Arkhangelsk Region (Russia) took over the chairmanship from the Norrbotten County (Sweden) for the next two years.

The Regional Committee meets regularly to discuss matters of multilateral character. The issues (co-operation projects, applications, initiatives etc.) are prepared in advance in each county, within the international department of the county administration in the case of Russia, Sweden and Finland, while the Norwegian counties also have established a joint Barents Secretariat in Kirkenes to organise their joint Barents related work.

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The Regional Committee in Kirkenes, June 2013

The Regional Working Groups report on a regular basis to the Regional Committee. The Regional Committee has also the possibility to establish short-term ad-hoc working groups. In order to deepen the co-operation within certain areas the Regional Council has established working groups, consisting of appointed experts from the member counties.

At the moment there exists working groups for environment, communications, youth issues, information technology and economic cooperation. They report their activities to the Regional Council. There also exist four joint working groups with the Barents Euro-Arctic Council: health and related social issues, education and research, energy and culture. The joint working groups have a shared chairmanship on national and regional levels. They report both to the Regional Council and the BEAC. Working group of indigenous peoples is the only working group established on a permanent basis and given an advisory role to the Barents Euro-Arctic Council and the Regional Council.

Each country has the responsibility to cover expenses for their participation in the regional working groups. The Chair county of each working group has the general financial responsibility for the activities, for example apply for funding at relevant finance institutions i.a. EU programmes.

Barents Programme 2014-2018, as printable version in English, and as brochure in English and Russian.

For the agendas and protocols of the Regional Committee please contact IBS.

Members of the Regional Committee

Chair
Mr. Pentti Malinen
Joint Authority of Kainuu Region
Kauppakatu 1
Fi-87100 Kajaani, Finland
Tel: +358 (0)44 79 70 197+358 (0)44 79 70 197
E-mail: pentti.malinen@kainuu.fi

Ms. Bente Knudsen Helland
Head of InternationalRelations Section,
Troms County Council
N-9296 Tromsø, Norway
Tel: +47 77 78 83 36+47 77 78 83 36
Mobile: +47 91 52 97 48+47 91 52 97 48
Fax: +47 77 78 8001
E-mail: bente.k.helland@tromsfylke.no

Mr. Roman Gokkoev
Regional Council of Oulu region
Kauppurienkatu 8A
Fi-90100 Oulu, Finland
Tel: +358 40 539 2133+358 40 539 2133
E-mail: roman.gokkoev@pohjois-pohjanmaa.fi

Ms. Lena Thorgersen 
Special Advisor
Nordland County Council
N-8048 Bodø, Norway
Tel: +47 75 65 09 73+47 75 65 09 73
E-mail: lena.thorgersen@nfk.no

Mr. Markus Karlsen
Finnmark County Council
N-9800 Vadsø, Norway
Tel: +47 78 96 31 53+47 78 96 31 53
Mobile: +47 98 10 60 41+47 98 10 60 41
Fax: +47 78 96 23 70
E-mail: markus.karlsen@ffk.no

          
Mr. Raimo Holster
Regional Council of Lapland
P.O.B. 8056
Fi-96101 Rovaniemi, Finland
Tel: +358 40 823 9510+358 40 823 9510
Fax: +358 16 318 705
E-mail: raimo.holster@lapinliitto.fi 

Ms. Sari Saarela
Senior Advisor
Barents Regional Cooperation
County Administrative Board of Norrbotten
SE-971 86 Luleå, Sweden
Tel: +46 920 961 09+46 920 961 09
Mob.: +46 70 796 6109+46 70 796 6109
Fax: +46 920 22 84 11
E-mail: sari.saarela@lansstyrelsen.se

Secretariat of the Kainuu Chair:
Ms. Minna Mustonen 

Mob. +358 (044) 71 00 874+358 (044) 71 00 874
Fax. +358 (08) 6155 4260
E-mail: minna.mustonen@kainuu.fi 
                     



Mr. Mikael Bergström
County Administration of Västerbotten
S-901 86 Umeå, Sweden
Tel: +46 90 10 71 32+46 90 10 71 32
Mobile: +46 70 605 71 32+46 70 605 71 32
Fax: +46 90 10 72 00
E-mail: mikael.bergstrom@lansstyrelsen.se

Mr. Alexey G. Kalinin
Director, Department of International Relations and State Protocol,
Administration of the Arkhangelsk Region
Governor and Government
Tel. +7 (8182) 288 117+7 (8182) 288 117
E-mail: kalinin@dvinaland.ru

Mr. Smirnov Yury
Murmansk Regional Government
Lenin Ave. 75
183006 Murmansk, Russia
Tel: +7 8152 486 350+7 8152 486 350
Fax: +7 8152 486 282
E-mail: uvsmirnov@gov-murman.ru

Mr. Sergey Kungurtsev
Chief of the International and
Interregional Relations Unit,
Department of the Regional Policy
of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug
Narjan-Mar, Russia
Tel: +7 81853 42252+7 81853 42252
Mobile: +7 911 670 56 50+7 911 670 56 50
E-mail: s.kungurtcev@ogvnao.ru

Mr. Evgeniy Grigorjev
Komi Government and Administration
of the Republic of Komi
Kommunisticheskaya St 9
Ru-167610 Syktyvkar, Russia
Tel: +7 8212 285 133+7 8212 285 133
Fax: +7 8212 285 335
E-mail: e.v.grigorjev@adm.rkomi.ru; uvs@adm.rkomi.ru   

Mr. Dmitry S. Kislov
Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Republic of Karelia
Tel: +7 8142 792 303+7 8142 792 303
Fax: +7 8142 792 415
E-mail: kislov@economy.onego.ru 


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