Barents Euro-Arctic Council

The Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) is chaired by Finland and the Nenets Autonomous Okrug in 2021–2023.

Programme for the Finnish Presidency of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council:

A Framework Programme for 2020–2023 has been adopted for the Joint Working Group on Health and related Social Issues (WGHS) of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council. The priority areas of the Framework Programme are:

  • Prevention of communicable diseases
  • Improved health and increased access to health care in sparsely populated areas 
  • Improved environment for growth and development of children and youth 
  • Prevention of non-communicable diseases

In the priority areas, the focus will be on:

  • Prevention of HIV/AIDS
  • Utilizing new technology and methods in healthcare
  • Supporting children and young people who are in danger of social exclusion.

In 2022–2023, Finland and the Murmansk Oblast will co-chair the Joint Working Group on Health and related Social Issues of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council.

WGHS usually meets twice a year. At the meetings, the regions involved and the implementers of joint projects present their reports on current issues.

Further information

Eeva Vasara, Coordinator 
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, International Affairs Unit (KVY) 0295163143