BEAC 10th Session, Harstad, 9 - 10 November 2005
Norway hosted the 10th session of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council, which also marked the conclusion of Norways two-year chairmanship in 2003-2005 and start of Finlands chairmanship in 2005-2007.
The meeting was held in Harstad, County of Troms, Norway, on 9 and 10 November.
On 9 November the Barents Regional Council held its meeting in Harstad, ending the two-year chairmanship of the County of Vasterbotten, Sweden, and start of the chairmanship of the Republic of Karelia, Russia.
The Barents Council adopted a comprehensive joint communique.
The adopted agenda for the meeting can be found here.
The delegations of the BEAC members were be led by:
Norway (chair): Mr. Jonas Gahr Støre, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Finland (incoming chair): Mr. Erkki Tuomioja, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Iceland: Mr. Geir Haarde, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Russia: Mr. Sergei Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Sweden: Mr. Thomas Östros, Minister for Industry and Trade
Denmark: Mr. Michael Zilmer-Johns, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
European Commission: Mr. Janos Herman, Principal Advisor for Regional Cooperation, DG Relex