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The Riksdag hosts ninth Barents Parliamentary Conference in Haparanda

25 September 2019 klockan 08.53

On 16–18 September, Nordic and Russian members of parliament met for the ninth Barents Parliamentary Conference in Haparanda. Participants in the conference included representatives for counties and regions in the Barents region, as well as indigenous peoples’ organisations and other relevant organisations connected to the members of parliament and governments.

The Speaker Andreas Norlén with the Swedish delegation to the Barents Parliamentary Conference 2019 consisting of Pyry Niemi (SocDem), Thomas Morell (SweDem), Mattias Karlsson (Mod), Birger Lahti (Lft) and Ann-Britt Åsebol (Mod).

The Speaker Andreas Norlén with the Swedish delegation to the Barents Parliamentary Conference 2019 consisting of Pyry Niemi (SocDem), Thomas Morell (SweDem), Mattias Karlsson (Mod), Birger Lahti (Lft) and Ann-Britt Åsebol (Mod). Photo: Pär Bäckström

The Swedish Parliament hosted this year’s conference, which was opened by the Speaker Andreas Norlén. Björn O. Nilsson, Nilsson, County Governor of Norrbotten, also spoke at the opening.

“The Parliamentary Conference is an important forum for discussion for future issues for the region,” says the Speaker Andreas Norlén.

Sustainable transport and infrastructure on the agenda

The main title for the conference was ”Connecting the Barents region – infrastructure for a sustainable future”. Mattias Landgren, State Secretary at the Ministry of Infrastructure, participated in the conference and spoke about cross-border transport planning and the importance of dialogue and cooperation. Discussion at the concert was also devoted to sustainable transport and infrastructure in a number of areas, for example industry and trade, digital transport solutions, climate and environment issues, indigenous issues and road safety.

There were 93 participants at this year's conference, which Sweden hosted.

There were 93 participants at this year's conference, which Sweden hosted. Photo: Pär Bäckström

Parallel to the regular programme, a study visit was arranged for participants to IKEA and to Haparanda Railway Station where transport issues were studied from a local and regional cross-border perspective.

A common resolution was adopted at the conclusion of the conference.

Resolution from the ninth Barents Parliamentary Conference in Haparanda (pdf, 312 kB)

The Speaker in conversation with Björn O. Nilsson, County Governor of Norrbotten.

The Speaker in conversation with Björn O. Nilsson, County Governor of Norrbotten. Photo: Pär Bäckström

Background

The conference was arranged in conjunction with Sweden’s chairmanship of the government cooperation body the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) 2017-2019. According to practice, the country holding the chairmanship of BEAC arranges a conference of members of parliament during its chairmanship.

Members

The Swedish delegation to the Barents Parliamentary Conference 2019 consisted of: