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Committee of Senior Officials

Between the BEAC meetings at Foreign Minister level every second year, work is organized by the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO).

The CSO consists of civil servants representing the governments of the six member-countries and the European Union. Representatives of the nine observer states are also often given the possibility to participate. The CSO meets on a regular basis 4-5 times per year and most often in the country holding the Chairmanship of the BEAC.

The activities of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) have expanded over time. A number of working groups have been established to assist the CSO. The working groups report to the CSO each year and the CSO gives guidance to the groups. The CSO has the mandate to establish new Working Groups or terminate groups that have completed their task.

During the CSO meeting in Skellefteå in May 2018, the Report from 25 years of Barents Cooperation was presented. The report is based on discussions and suggestions made at the youth conference in Luleå in April.

For CSO delegates only

CSO meeting with WG Chairs in Rovaniemi, November 2021 (Photo: Matti Kantola)

Photos from the meetings of the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council

Members of the Committee of Senior Officials of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council

CSO 2021 Meeting Schedule

February 11 - Online
March 11 - Online
April 15 - Online
June 3 - Online
September 2 - Online
October 5 - Online
November 15 - Rovaniemi
December 14 - Online

CSO 2020 Meeting Schedule

January 15 - Oslo
April 28-29 - Lofoten (Postponed)
May 12 - Online
June 17 - Online
September 22 - Online
November 5 - Online
December 9 - Online

CSO 2019 Meeting Schedule

March 26-28 - Piteå
June 13 - Stockholm
October 3 - Umeå
October 28-29 - Kirkenes

CSO 2018 Meeting Schedule

January 31- February 1 - Luleå
May 31- June 1 - Skellefteå
October 3-5 - Kiruna
December 17-18 - Hemavan (Tärnaby)

CSO 2017 Meeting Schedule

March 15-16 - Murmansk
June 28-29 - Sortavala
September 13-15 - Solovetskiy
October 18 - Arkhangelsk
December 12-13 - Stockholm

CSO 2016 Meeting Schedule

March 21-22 - Arkhangelsk
June 14-15 - Petrozavodsk
October 4-5 - Syktyvkar
December 13-14 - Naryan-Mar

CSO 2015 Meeting Schedule

March 18-19 - Helsinki
June 8-9 - Tornio/Haparanda
August 26-27 - Kuusamo
September 28 - Helsinki
October 14 - Oulu
December 16-17 - Moscow

CSO 2014 Meeting Schedule

March 18-19 - Inari
June 16-17 - Kajaani
October 7-8 - Oulu
December 16-17 - Rovaniemi

CSO 2013 Meeting Schedule

March 20-21 - Bodø
June 3-4 - Kirkenes
September 4-5 - Oslo
October 7-8 - Oslo
October 27-28 - Tromso
December 12-13 - Helsinki

CSO 2012 Meeting Schedule

February 9 - Kirkenes
May 21-22 - Harstad
September 10-12 - Svolvær
December 4-5 - Oslo

CSO 2011 Meeting Schedule

February 2-4 - Jokkmokk
May 18-20 - Luleå
September 15-16 - Stockholm
October 10 - Kiruna
December 7-8 - Oslo

CSO 2010 Meeting Schedule

October 11-12 - Kiruna, Abisko
February 1-2 - Stockholm
May 19-20 - Umeå

CSO 2009 Meeting Schedule

February 18-19 - Petrozavodsk
May 28-29 - Syktyvkar
August 27-28 - Arkhangelsk Region
October 12-13 - Murmansk

CSO 2008 Meeting Schedule

April 8-9 - Moscow (Permanent Mission of the Komi Republic)
June 17-18 - Naryan-Mar
September 15-17 - Solovki, Archangelsk Region