BEAC 10th Session 2005

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 Norway’s two-year chairmanship in 2003-2005 and start of Finland’s 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


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