VI Annual International Conference: «Cross-Border Cooperation: the Russian Federation, the European Union and Norway»:

(St.Petersburg, 21-22 September 2010)

 
AEBR Secretary General Martín Guillermo Ramírez
Viktor Basargin, Minister of Regional Development of the Russian Federation

The Conference was opened by the Minister of Regional Development of the Russian Federation Viktor Basargin. The Minister mentioned in his speech the main approaches of the Russian Federation to the implementation of the projects within the framework of the Programs of cross-border cooperation of European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument.

Ilya Klebanov, Plenipotentiary Envoy of the President of the Russian Federation to the North-West Federal District

Plenipotentiary Envoy of the President of the Russian Federation to the North-West Federal District Ilya Klebanov pointed out that the Programs of cross-border cooperation should be implemented in coordination with the regional development strategies of the subjects located in the North-West Federal District.

Maksim Travnikov, Deputy Minister for Regional Development, and Koos Richelle, Director General of EuropeAid Co-operation Office of the European Commission

One of the main events of the Conference 2010 became the exchange of the ratification documents on the agreements between the Russian Federation and the European Union about financing and implementation of the programs of cross-border cooperation of European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument. In the protocol procedure the Russian Federation was represented by Maksim Travnikov, Deputy Minister for Regional Development, the European Union - by Koos Richelle, Director General of EuropeAid Co-operation Office of the European Commission.

Cross-border collaboration in northern Europe as well as the new opportunities for multilateral cooperation in the Baltic Sea region have formed an agenda for the sessions. Minister of Economic Affairs of Finland - M.Pekkarinen, Minister for Regional Affairs of Estonia - Siim-Valmar Kiisler, Minister of Local Government and Regional Development of Latvia - D.Stake, Vice-Minister of Interior of Lithuania - S.Šiupšinskas, Under-Secretary of State of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland - E.Hamilo, Secretary General of the Association of European Border Regions - M.Guillermo and the representatives of the authorities of Norway and Poland attended the sessions of the Conference.

In 2010 the Conference was focused on the transfrontier co-operation's experience of Saint-Petersburg - the North-West Federal District's capital. The representatives of government and executive authorities of the city recounted about the most interesting projects of interregional cooperation and trends of cross-border cooperation development of Saint-Petersburg.  

The new elements of the Russian-European dialog, particularly the Partnership on modernization, made up the topic for the presentation of the officials from the European Commission and the Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation.

The legislative basis remains one of the most important conditions for the successful development of cross-border cooperation. The prospects of the adoption and implementation of a law concerning the regulation of this sphere were discussed during the round table, which was chaired by the First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Federation and Regional Policy of State Duma - Galina Izotova.

Workshop Estonia – Latvia – Russia

During the rest five round tables the discussions concerning the practical realization of the projects within the programs of cross-border cooperation “Lithuania-Poland-Russia”, “Kolarctic”, “Karelia”, “South-East Finland – Russia”, “Estonia – Latvia – Russia” were held. Both the representatives of the governing bodies of the programs and of the authorities of the Russian Federation and neighboring states who are responsible for the programs' realization expressed their views in the discussion.

Scientific justification is an essential element in the development of cross-border cooperation. The presentation of the Center of cross-border and interregional cooperation by the Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg Branch  and the exchanging opinions on the research on the role of cross-border cooperation between the European Union and the Russian Federation in the bilateral and multilateral regional programs of economic development programs took place within the Conference.

The bilateral negotiations of the Minister of Regional Development of the Russian Federation V.Basargin and Deputy Minister of Regional Development M.Travnikov with the colleagues from neighboring states were held during the Conference.

Within the framework of the Conference the regular session of the Council on cross-border and interregional cooperation under the Plenipotentiary Envoy of the President of the Russian Federation to the North-West Federal District was arranged.

The participants of the Conference confessed, that considered issues, quality of discussions reveal the significant professional progress of the Conference as a platform uniting experts in the sphere of cross-border cooperation.

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