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14th BEAC ministerial session to be held in Norway October 28-29

October 26, 2013, 16:46 UTC+3

Russia’s delegation will be led by First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov

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MOSCOW, October 26 (Itar-Tass) - The 14th ministerial session of the Barents/Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) will take place in Tromse, Norway, on October 28-29, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.

Russia’s delegation will be led by First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov.

“The participants in the session will sum up the results of Norway’s two-year presidency in BEAC and discuss ways to strengthen cooperation within the Council, prospects for making its work practical, as well as to consider a plan of action due to the climate change,” the ministry said.

“The BEAC ministers will adopt a communique where Russia’s priorities will be reflected. They are aimed at creating conditions for using the region’s rich resource potential, first of all the scientific potential.” The document will also determine prospects for using the Northern Sea Route and transfer visa free travel. These topics prioritise in the activity of BEAC, the ministry said.

BEAC was founded in 1993. It includes Russia, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden and the European Commission.

“In compliance with the rotation principle Finland will preside in BEAC. Russia chaired the Council in 2007-2008 and will preside in it in 2015-2017,” the ministry said.

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