Joint Working Group on Youth

The joint working group (JWGY) was established to merge  two working groups existing within the BEAC structure - Working Group on Youth Policy (WGYP) and Regional Working Group on Youth Issues. This step was aimed at concentration of the BEAC efforts on youth direction and encrease of their effectiveness.

Youth policy first appeared on the BEAC agenda at it’s sixth meeting in Bodø in 1999. An ad-hoc Working Group on Youth Policy (WGYP) was established, and made permanent in 2002. In May 2002 the BEAC Ministers for Youth Policy adopted the Plan of Action with the aim to increase youth cooperation in the Barents Region. To this end the Barents Youth Cooperation Office was established in Murmansk in December 2002. 

The Regional Working Group on Youth Issues was established by The Barents Regional Committee to support the implementation of the Youth Program. The Group worked in close cooperation with the intergovernmental Working Group on Youth Policy (WGYP).

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Barents Regional Youth Council (BRYC)

The Council was established in Kirkenes in February 2004 with the aim to strengthen the youth cooperation in the Barents Region and empower young generation to participate more actively in the Barents regional development. 
BRYC composition - 14 members representating the youth from each county, oblast, republic, okrug in the Barents region and the indigenous youth. For more information, please visit its website.

Barents Youth Co-operation Office (BYCO)

The BYCO was established with the aim to provide information for youth groups, organisations and networks about national and international financial resources for projects, possible partners and ongoing youth projects and meetings in the Barents Region.


Russian Federation

Elena Dotsenko (chair)
Minister of Youth affairs and Sports of Arkhangelsk Region 
Tel: +7 8182288797+7 9212404561

Grigoriy Kovalev
Chief of Youth Affairs and Patriotic Education Unit in the Department of Internal Policy of the Administration of Arkhangelsk Region
Tel: +7 8182245928, +7 9642923330

Natalia Chicherina
Acting Rector / Ph.D., Associate Professor
Northern (Arctic) Federal University
Tel. +7 8182218927, +7 9212404561

Alexey Pisarev
Head of Youth Affairs Department
Committee for NGO Relations and Youth Policy of the Murmansk Region
Tel: +7 8152486939 +7 8152486939

Seija Astala
Counsellor for Cultural Affairs
Ministry of Education and Culture
Tel: +358 295330066+385 405155818


Tommy André Knutsen
Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion
Tel: +47 22242437


Hanne-Sofie Roaldsen
Youth coordinator/Adviser
Troms County Administration, Norway
Tel. +47 77788071, +47 90193931


Lotta Jarvenius Rössner
Programme Officer
Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society
Tel. +46 856621932
E-mail :

Mikael Bergström
Chief Transport Officer and Barents Coordinator
County Administration Board of Västerbotten
+46 102254475, +46 708788264 

Other members

Tatiana Egorova
Indigenous Peoples' representative 
Tel: +79 522994507

Sunna Kokkonen
Barents Regional Youth Council (BRYC)
 Tel. +358 400363254

Laila Dalhaug
Head of Secretariat
Norwegian Barents Secretariat
Tel: +47 91575389

Zhanna Guzenko
Executive Officer       
Barents Youth Cooperation Office (BYCO)
Tel.: +8 8152452711
Mob.: +7 9210350109


Calendar of Events

Internship at the IBS

The International Barents Secretariat in Kirkenes invites students and young professionals to be part of the secretariat’s team as interns. We now welcome applications for the fall period - the deadline application is May 25th.

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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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