What About the Future?

The Kolarctic CBC 2014 - 2020 Programme Document has been submitted to the European Commission for approval. 

Kolarctic CBC 2014-2020 - Programme draft has been subject to public hearings in Finland, Russia, Sweden and Norway. 

The programme drafts handled in the hearings can be read below:   Kolarctic_CBC_JOP_approved_


pdf (3474 kt )

In Finnish:

Ohjelma-asiakirjan luonnos Kolarctic CBC 2014-2020_FI.pdf (676.8 kt )

Rovaniemen kuulemistilaisuudessa 19.2. Katja Sukuvaaran esitys on luettavissa täällä


In Russian: 

The Russian Ministry of Economic Development has published the Kolarctic CBC 2014-2020  JOP for comments on their website (in Russian) :





In Swedish:



sammanfattning av strategiska miljöanalysen

In Norwegian:

Here you can find Norwegian versions of the drafts for Kolarctic CBC 2014-2020 :

UTKAST-programdokument1-3-norsk.pdf (1113.8 kt )

SEA-norsk.pdf (115.3 kt )

What is Kolarctic ENPI CBC

 The Programme Kolarctic ENPI CBC is one of the ENPI financing instruments of the European Union. The ENPI programmes are being implemented on the external borders of the EU. 

Kolarctic ENPI CBC has granted financing to totally 50 projects during the programme period 2007-2013. In the projects, the project partners are a wide range of public and private organisations on the Kolarctic region. The core programme region consists of  Nordland, Troms and Finnmark counties in Norway, Norrbotten in Sweden, Lapland in Finland, Murmansk and Arkhangelsk regions and Nenets autonomous district in Russia.

In many contexts, the region is also being referred to as the Barents region. The Kolarctic ENPI CBC programme region differs from the region known as the Barents Euro-Arctic region somewhat: the latter includes also Kainuu region in Finland and Komi republic in Russia. Kainuu and Komi are not eligible regions in Kolarctic ENPI CBC.

No more calls for proposals are going to be launched. 

In the projects, that are co-financed by Kolarctic ENPI CBC, organisations develop their activities with cross-border partners, and promote the development of the region.

The Regional Council of Lapland works as the administrative authority of Kolarctic ENPI CBC Programme.


Fiftyone - a catalogue presenting all 51 Kolarctic ENPI CBC projects

released in November, 2015

The Kolarctic ENPI CBC 2007-2014 has had a group of professionals design a catalogue presenting all 51 Kolarctic ENPI CBC projects. The result in .pdf is here, and a printed version will be distributed as well as we can. 

Kolarctic ENPI CBC on Youtube


What's new in Kolarctic ENPI CBC projects and our stakeholders:


2.11.2015  The Final report of the Project: "Environmental Challenges in the Joint Border Area of Norway, Finland and Russia" describes the research that addressed several current areas of interest in the Pasvik watercourse area. The Pasvik watercourse is located in the border area of Finland, Russia and Norway in the northern Fennoscandia and the Kola Peninsula  The report can be read on the Pasvik Monitoring website: http://www.pasvikmonitoring.org/pdf/environmental%20chllenges.pdf   

Note that  http://www.pasvikmonitoring.org is a website with various information of the state of the Pasvik watercourse area


So, you are interested in Kolarctic cooperation / Barents region cooperation. Are you planning a project?

The Kolarctic team is pleased to announce that in anticipation of the upcoming Kolarctic CBC Programme 2014 – 2020, the next generation of  Project Cycle Management (PCM) workshops will be organized in November 2015 in the Programme countries.

Based on the positive feedback received from the previous PCM workshops, we would like to support the development of your potential project ideas and not to get freeze while waiting for the new Programme to start. 

Based on the Concept Notes received, Worskhop '
Environmental protection, climate change, mitigation and adaptation' will take place on 12.11.15 in  Tromsø (Norway) and Workshop 'Business and SME development' on 18.11.15 in Murmansk (Russia). More information is here    http://www.kolarcticenpi.info/pcm-workshop1


ConEct has published a  working safety package. It can be fould on the Swedish project partner's Utbildning Nord website. See http://conect.utbnord.se/


A Report on financing of Barents cooperation

The Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UM) has published a report on financing sources of Barents cooperation. It seems that Kolarctic ENPI CBC is a very central one. See more information on the website of the ministry . The report is easy to read here


  FOR THE MEDIA: Barents Media Guide! See it here:

Barents Media Guide  

The Guide gives practical information to media who wants to get to know about the Barents region, to work here, to write about a topic on the region..   The Guide has been made by the project Barents Mediasphere   - funded by Kolarctic ENPI CBC.


ENPI CBC final event for Finnish stakeholder groups generated  some interesting discussions about cross-border cooperation and its future. The Minister of Foreign Affairs in Finland, Mr Erkki Tuomioja, participated. You can read his speech in Finnish here.


The project releasing the Barents Studies has during the year 2014 released its Issue 2 (see it here: Barents Studies Vol 1 issue 2 ) and a Supplementary issue (take a look: Barents Studies Supplementary Issue ). The latter is a brilliant output to be read by anyone who is interested in any aspect of life and cross-border cooperation on the Barents Region. 


  Kolarctic Salmon   has published a new website. All relevant information - 1.e. manuals, reports, and scientific results of the project are released there.  www.fylkesmannen.no/kolarcticsalmon


Barents Boys Choir collected in Keminmaa in May. See how Pohjolan sanomat wrote about it. Barents Boys´ Choir is a part of New Horizons-project. 


The CEEPRA project (Collaboration Network on Euroarctic Environmental Radiation Protection and Research) presents its activities in an understandable way in a newly released booklet. It is available e.g. here in English and in Finnish. 


Barents Journal project informs that the first issue of a new academic journal Barents Studies: Peoples, Economies and Politics is published. The new journal consists of multidisciplinary peer-reviewed articles, book reviews and presentations of young scholars and their Barents related research. The journal is published in printed as well as in electronic form and it is free of charge for all interested readers.

Access to the electronic version of the journal (free of charge): www.barentsinfo.org/barentsstudies


New Horizons is the big project in cultural co-operation. Their newsletter archive is here:  New Horizons Newsletters


SUMILCERE (short for Sustainable Mining, local communities, and
environmental regulation in the Kolarctic area) has been presented in the Parliament magazine in November, 2013. A .pdf including the article is here


Crossover Crafts – Artisans Without Borders is one of the projects in Kolarctic ENPI CBC. See their interesting blog – presenting loghouse renovation. http://crossovercrafts.wordpress.com/


The Sound of Barents is part of the huge cultural project New Horizons. See their beautiful annual report: Sound of Barents year 2013


Kolarctic Salmon-project was handled in Sör-Varanger Avis (in Norwegian) in December 2013. Nå vet de hvor sjölaksen kommer fra 


A School for All works in developing inclusive education on our region. Their latest publication is Learning from our Neighbours – Inclusive Education in the Making.  http://www.ulapland.fi/loader.aspx?id=d9fec133-5f60-4ce3-9323-1e925a38fbdf


Oil Spill Response System is the shortened name of a Kolarctic project workin with the risk of oil spills. The project has established a testing laboratory, see a newsfilm of the opening (in Russian TV21)