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About the Barents Euro-Arctic Council

The Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) is the forum for intergovernmental cooperation on issues concerning the Barents region.

The BEAC meets at Foreign Ministers' level in the chairmanship country at the end of each BEAC chairmanship term. Between the ministerial meetings, the Committee of Senior Officials organizes the work of BEAC.

The chairmanship rotates every second year between Norway, Finland, Russia and Sweden.

Finland took over the BEAC Presidency from Norway at the 18th BEAC Ministerial Session in Tromsø, Norway, on October 26, 2021. The next Chair of the BEAC will be Russia (2023-2025).

Finnish Presidency logo.

Chair 2021-2023: Finland

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

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Chair 2019-2021: Norway

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Norway

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Chair 2017-2019: Sweden

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden

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Chair 2015-2017: Russia

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

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Chair 2013-2015: Finland

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

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Chair 2011-2013: Norway

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Norway

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Chair 2009-2011: Sweden

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden

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Chair 2007-2009: The Russian Federation

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

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