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The Barents Programme

Interreg III B Northern Periphery Programme

Baltic 21




The Barents Programme is the Regional Council's programme for concretising how to achieve the overall goals set up for the regional work and supporting the ongoing changes in the Russian part. The programme is also an important instrument for reaching the mutual political goals expressed in the Kirkenes Declaration and the statements of the meetings of the Barents Council. The indigenous peoples have been given a special status within the programme. The direction towards the Russian part of the Region is a result partly of other programmes operating in the Nordic part (The North Calotte Committee's action programme and the North Calotte Interreg II programme), and partly because means that can be used for projects within the Barents Programme are mainly channelled over national appropriations for Central and East European projects. The programme is multilateral but certain projects can for practical reasons be implemented bilaterally. The projects will be co-ordinated with other programmes in the defining of the programmes.

The Barents programme is a framework programme where the priority focus areas and operative plans are defined. These priorities are based on proposals submitted by representatives of regional working groups and commercial units, as well as on other regional evaluations and priorities:

  • development of know-how

  • business development

  • development of the habitat

  • connections and communicating

  • special target groups

Barents Secretariat in Kirkenes



INTERREG III B Northern Periphery Programme


The Interreg IIIB Northern Periphery Programme consists of the northern parts of Finland, Scotland, Sweden, Norway, the whole of Iceland, Greenland and Faroe Islands. Northwest Russia is part of the co-operation.

The overall objective for Interreg is to prevent national borders from constituting barriers to the balanced development and integration of the European territory.

Interreg IIIB concerns co-operation within larger transnational areas. The transnational co-operation between national, regional and local authorities aims to promote a higher degree of territorial integration across large groupings of European regions, with a view to achieving sustainable, harmonious and balanced development in the Community and better territorial integration with candidate and other neighbouring countries.


Partenariat  (partner search forum) in Keflavik, Iceland 13-14 September.

The fourth Northern Periphery Programme Partenariat brought together over 220 people in Keflavík, Iceland. Participants came from seven different countries of the northern periphery to discuss project ideas and network. Project partners from Northwest Russia were welcomed to join the programme. 

 For further information about the programme, see website www.northernperiphery.net

Baltic 21


Baltic 21 - an Agenda 21 for the Baltic Sea Region launched five years ago and having broad and diverse membership, 30-year vision, adopted goals and an action program addressing key challenges in eight sectors and spatial planning, Baltic 21 has gained many lessons and considerable knowledge, which Baltic 21 would like to share with others.



News release from Baltic 21 – An Agenda 21 for the Baltic Sea Region

Baltic 21 submitted to the Prime Ministers of the Baltic Sea States a report "Five Years of Regional Progress Towards Sustainable Development". The report can be downloaded here. The report delivers a concise assessment of sustainable development trends in the Baltic Sea Region and a review of the progress in the implementation of the Baltic 21 Action Programme. 

5th Baltic Sea States Summit, which was carried out on the 21st of June 2004 in Laulasmaa, Estonia, took note of the Baltic 21 Report and expressed their “interest in the concept of making the Baltic Sea region an Eco-Region for Sustainable Development covering the economic, ecological and social spheres”. You can find the outcome of the Summit at the Council of Baltic Sea States website

For further information please visit our website www.baltic21.org.


The Baltic Strategy 21 Workshop will take place in Riga, Latvia.

Baltic 21 - an Agenda 21 for the Baltic Sea Region launched five years ago, approaching the renewal of its mandate in June 2004. While the initiative has been successful at the level of dialog and research, there is broad consensus that the next mandate period should produce more tangible, measurable results. For this purpose the Baltic Strategy 21 Workshop will take place on 22-23 January 2004 in Riga, Latvia. It aims to review current regional needs and challenges, to generate innovative new ideas for addressing those challenges through the unique, cross-sectoral platform that is Baltic 21 and to create initiative proposals for Baltic 21 that can serve as "Lighthouse Projects" in the next mandate period (2004-2008).

Preliminary Workshop Agenda

For more information please visit: http://www.ee/baltic21/document/adhoc/index.htm.