The Finnish Presidency of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council 2021-2023

Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto presents the priorities of Finland’s Presidency in connection with the Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit conference on 16 November.

Arctic fox in the winter environment. And a text: Finnish Presidency in the Barents Euroarctic Council 2021-2023.

During its Presidency of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council, Finland’s objectives include strengthening biodiversity in the Barents region by combating invasive alien species, supporting the electrification of transport, strengthening young people’s opportunities for participation, supporting free movement, and improving transport connections.

The 30th anniversary of the cooperation in the Barents Region will be celebrated in the second year of Finland’s Presidency in 2023.

Young people hold the key to the future of the Barents region

The members of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council are the Nordic countries, Russia and the EU. In addition, representatives of indigenous peoples and Regional Councils participate in the work.

For Finland regional cooperation, including Barents cooperation, is an important means of promoting stability and security, sustainable development and economic opportunities in the neighbouring areas. The regions are key drivers of the people-to-people Barents cooperation. In the people-to-people contacts, special focus will be on the young people, who hold the key to the future of the Barents region to maintain it lively and fostering.