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Day 1

Wednesday 12th February 2020

Thon Hotel Kirkenes

Countdown

Programme

11:00Lunch/registration
13:00Conference opening
13:05Mayor’s welcomePål Gabrielsen, Acting Mayor of Sør-Varanger
13:10The geopolitical Barents
Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs (Norway)
Aili Keskitalo, President of the Sami Parliament (Norway))
Video greeting:
Ann Linde, Minister of Foreign Affairs (Sweden)
Pekka Haavisto, Minister of Foreign Affairs (Finland)
Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs (Russia) TBC
14:10Break
14:30Perspectives on security policy in the Barents RegionEirik Kristoffersen, Norwegian Army General
Julie Wilhelmsen, researcher NUPI (TBC)
Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, researcher UIT
Open borders and people-to-people-cooperationThe documentary “Puckers”
Julie Wilhelmsen (TBC)
Bente Andersen
Rune Rafaelsen (TBC)
Guro Brandshaug
15:30Break
15:45Turning crisis into growth
New beginning for tourismLinda Hofstad Helleland, Minister of Districts and Digitalization
Mona Saab
Presiden of NHO and CEO of Big Fish Adventure
Dag Norum, Orinor
TBC
16:30Blue Innovation in the ArcticOdd Emil Ingebrigtsen, Minister of Fisheries 
TBC
TBC
17:15Break
17:30A green shiftTerje Skansen, CEO Varanger Kraft
Aili Keskitalo, President of the Sami Parliament (Norway)
18:15The Thorvald Stoltenberg Prize
TBD:Opening Barents Spektakel 2021
19:30Conference Dinner