The Finnish Presidency of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council 2021–2023
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Cooperation in the Barents Euro-Arctic Council continues without Russia
Russia announced its decision to withdraw from the Barents Euro-Arctic Council on 18 September. The Barents cooperation will now continue between Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and the European Union, as it has continued since the Barents partners condemned Russia’s illegal war of aggression against Ukraine in March 2022.
The Barents Euro-Arctic Council Working Group of Indigenous Peoples met the Finnish Barents Euro-Arctic Council Chairman Minister Haavisto
The Barents Euro-Arctic Council Working Group of Indigenous Peoples (Mr Tauno Ljetoff, Member of the Sámi Parliament of Finland, Mr Eirik Larsen, Political Councelor, Sámi Parliament of Norway and Mr Stefan Mikaelsson, Board Member of Directors, Sámi Parliament of Sweden) met the Finnish Barents Euro-Arctic Council Chairman Minister Pekka Haavisto 10.1.2023.
Foreign Minister Haavisto’s greeting
Dear friends of the Barents!
Finland has the pleasure and duty to lead for the coming two years’ the Barents Euro-Arctic Council, following the successful Norwegian presidency.
It is both easy and challenging for Finland to continue on the path where Norway has led us. We will continue to focus on the three basic elements of the cooperation that all members share: environment, youth and transport.