PETROZAVODSK, October 6, 2004. /Correspondent of RIA Novosti - Northwest Alexey Ukkone/. The year 2005 is declared the Year of Radical Peoples of Baltic countries. This decision was made on Wednesday during the second day of the session of the regional Council of the Barents Euro-Arctic Region (BEAR) in Petrozavodsk in which representatives of Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and administrations of northwest regions of Russia and of some Scandinavian countries participated.
Within the framework of the year of radical peoples of the region actions in the countries of Northern Europe and Russia devoted to problems of public health services, education, culture and environment preservation are planned.
In particular, in February of 2005 in Norway it is supposed to hold a meeting of leaders of radical peoples, in spring Archangelsk will host the international music folklore festival, and competition in traditional sports will be held in Murmansk.
The international festival of Finno-Ugric peoples in Syktyvkar, conference on problems of mass-media in Petrozavodsk, youth camps, various exhibitions, competitions, and other actions are scheduled for summer.
Council of the Barents Euro-Arctic Region is an intergovernmental organization that includes Russia, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Geographically BEAR includes Archangelsk and Murmansk regions, the Republic of Karelia and Nenets autonomous region, as well as some administrative formations of North-European countries.
BEAR Council activities implies development of international cooperation in the region in the field of economics, tourism, environment protection, transport, communications, education, culture, and other spheres.