Inter-parliamentary activities

Standing Committee of the Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region (SCPAR), Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region

The First Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region took place in Reykjavik in August 1993. The permanent participants are MP’s from eight Arctic Council countries (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the US), as well as the European Parliament. The Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region is held once every two years. Ulan-Ude, Russia, hosted the 12th Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region on 14–17 June 2016, during which Chair of the Standing Committee Eirik Sivertsen (MP, Parliament of Norway) had his powers extended until 2018.

The Standing Committee of the Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region is the Conference’s working body. The Rules of the Standing Committee of the Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region were adopted in 1999. Russia is represented on the SCPAR by one member of the Federation Council and one deputy of the State Duma. The SCPAR and CPAR activities of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation are overseen by the Federation Council. SCPAR meetings are held once every three months, with SCPAR Chair introducing the agenda (by coordination with the Arctic Council). The SCPAR General Secretariat is charged with preparing the meetings. The Standing Committee is responsible for cooperation with the Arctic Council, drafting of recommendations for Arctic parliaments and governments on promoting cooperation in the Arctic, and organisational issues related to Conference convocation.