A new phase of the Barents cooperation would focus on improving cross-border mobility of the population and the tourist attractiveness of regions, development of investment potential of the Arctic, said the new Chairman of the Barents Regional Council Timo Korhonen.
MURMANSK, 14 Oct. The chairmanship of the Barents Regional Council has moved from the Arkhangelsk region to the Finnish region of Kainuu, which rely on increasing cross-border mobility of the population and tourist attractiveness of territories of the Barents region, development of investment potential of the Arctic, the press service of the government of the Murmansk region.
The meeting of Barents regional Council was held in the framework of the 15th session of the Council of the Barents region in the Finnish Oulu. At the meeting summed up the presidency of the Council in 2013-2015 the Arkhangelsk region. The head of the region Igor Orlov emphasized that the experience of working together shows that the Northern regions have all the resources to adequately confront the environmental and economic challenges.
During the meeting the chairmanship in the Barents Regional Council moved to the Finnish region of Kainuu. The new Chairman of the Barents Regional Council, the head of the Kainuu Timo Korhonen presented the programme and priorities of the Council presidency for the next two years. “Korhonen said that as chair of the Barents Regional Council of Kainuu will try even harder to unite the regions cooperation for the realization of their high economic potential for the benefit of residents of the Northern territories”, — stated in the message.
According to the new Chairman, a new phase of the Barents cooperation would focus on improving cross-border mobility of the population and the tourist attractiveness of regions, development of investment potential of the Arctic, transport and logistics, the exchange of best social practices, and other areas. The meeting also reaffirmed the importance and effectiveness of cross-border cooperation programmes “Kolarctic” and “Karelia” as the main financial instruments of the Barents cooperation.
Murmansk region was represented by the Governor Marina Kovtun. “Barents Euro-Arctic region is a unique platform of interaction. Included in the territory that unites geography, history, climate, General ecosystem, the common cultural codes of the European North”, — said Kovtun following the discussion of cooperation priorities, adding that the Council of the Barents Euro-Arctic region — a “round table”, “sitting at which equal”.
Barents Euro-Arctic region was established to enhance international and regional cooperation and development of public diplomacy in January 1993, then was signed the first Kirkenes Declaration. The bear area is 1.9 million square kilometers. A population of 6 million people. Includes a province of Norway: Nordland, Troms, Finnmark, Lena of Sweden, västerbotten and Norrbotten, a province of Finland: Lapland, Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu, and the Russian regions: Murmansk, Arkhangelsk regions, republics of Komi and Karelia, and Nenets Autonomous Okrug. States parties in turn direct the cooperation that is taking place at two levels: Central and regional. To guide the cooperation at the Central level created by the Council of the Barents Euro-Arctic region, which includes the foreign Ministers of the four countries. At the regional level is the Regional Council, which includes governors.