(170.) The Barents Euro-Arctic Council
, The Environment Task Force, Report to the Third Ministerial Conference, St.
The EU's Presidency priorities under the Northern Dimension include the environment (and especially nuclear safety), the fight against organised crime, trans-border co-operation, and Kaliningrad.Sweden's Foreign Minister Anna Lindh told a meeting of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council
in Murmansk on 15 March that "one issue of great international concern that draws a lot of attention to the Barents Region is nuclear safety" - nuclear waste, spent fuel and unsafe power reactors pose a threat to people in the region and in countries more widely spread.
Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh has thanked Russia for a 'successful' presidency of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council
The 14th Ministerial Session of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council
(BEAC) will be held in Tromso, Norway, on 28-29 October.
Broader definitions of the "Arctic" area exist, however, for instance in the Arctic Human Development Report (AHDR, 2004) and in the Barents Euro-Arctic Council
, which includes northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, and northwest Russia (Swedish Chair of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council
Norway and Croatia almost got onto the guest list because the Presidency is articulating the environment discussion around the work of four regional cooperation bodies: the Central Europe Initiative (currently chaired by Croatia), the Barents Euro-Arctic Council
(currently chaired by Norway), the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (currently chaired by Bulgaria), and the Council of Baltic Sea States (currently chaired by Lithuania).
In 2014 Finland will be chairing both the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and the Barents Euro-Arctic Council