Center of Russian-European Interregional and Cross-border Cooperation

 

   Center of the Russian-European Interregional and Cross-Border Cooperation (hereafter - the Center) was established in 2006 on the basis of the North-West Development and Investment Promotion Agency.

   The main goal of the Center is the development of the foreign economic relations, interregional and cross-border cooperation of the North-West Federal District particularly by the means of informational-analytical activity, elaboration and implementation of the projects implying participation of the national, regional and local authorities, business companies, and international partners; initiation and holding of the conferences and seminars.

   The Center has carried out the following projects:
• monitoring of the cross-border cooperation of the North-West Federal District`s regions (2006-2009):
• participation in the activity 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
• analytical research on opportunities and prospects of the regions of the North-West Federal District`s for the participation in the "Northern Dimension" (2007-2009).
• organization of the study tours in the European countries devoted to the cross-border cooperation.
• publication of the analytical materials on evolution of cross-border and interregional cooperation (2007-2009).
• establishment of business contacts with the regions of the EU member-states particularly German and Austrian Lands, Italian and Finish provinces. 

   The Center is one of the organizers of the Annual International Conference "Cross-Border Cooperation: the Russian Federation, the European Union and Norway". During the period of its existence the conference became a recognized platform for multifaceted contacts between participants of cross-border cooperation, exchange of opinions concerning the most relevant issues and elaboration of recommendations, which are aimed at the further development of the cross-border cooperation. About 1000 delegates from 12 European countries have participated in the Conference during the 5 years.

   Several projects of the Center are supported by the Office of the Plenipotentiary Envoy of the President of the Russian Federation to the North-West Federal District, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Ministry for Regional Development of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation and Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

   Partners of the Center: Nordic Council of Ministers, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, International Academy of Transport, University "Higher School of Economics" St. Petersburg branch, Association for Cooperation with Nordic Countries "Norden", Association of European Businesses, Information Agency "Regnum".
   Ratification of the "Northern Dimension" Policy Framework Document in the 2007 has initiated the new direction of the Center`s activity aimed at the development of cooperation in the Northern Dimension region. On 13-14 Mai 2008 the Center organized the First International Forum "Northern Dimension", which became the first event in Russia for the discussion of practical Northern Dimension policy and the most efficient ways of its realization. The Center is going to proceed its activity aimed at the realization of North-West Federal District potential on interregional and cross-border cooperation, particularly by promoting participation of the region in the international programs. Also the Center supports the organization of the Northern Dimension Business Council and Russian-Finnish Forum "EuroRussia".

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