Russian-Finnish Days of Cross-Border Cooperation started online on May 20, 2021. That day the key event was held – the plenary session "Russian-Finnish Cross-border Cooperation: Prospects and Opportunities".
The meeting was attended by representatives of federal authorities of the Russian Federation, regional and local authorities of Russia and Finland, and active participants of the Russian-Finnish cooperation.
The event was moderated by Igor Kapyrin, Deputy Director of the department of European cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
In her opening speech Minister of arctic and economic development of the Murmansk region Tatyana Russkova stressed that Finland has remained one of the main foreign trade partners of the Murmansk region and there is a great interest in further development of cooperation. On an ongoing basis, agreements are concluded both on the establishment of twinning relations and on cooperation in certain areas.
Alexander Gremitskikh, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Turku, and Lari Peltonen, Head of the Murmansk office of the General Consulate of Finland in St. Petersburg also took part in the event.
The speakers noted the importance of the Kolarctic cross-border cooperation program, which allows implementing Russian-Finnish projects and supports joint initiatives. Currently, within the framework of the program 23 projects of the program are being implemented in the region with the total amount of financing exceeding 10 million euro.
Special emphasis was placed on the active inter-municipal cooperation and development of twin-city relations. The mayors of Kemijärvi and Inari, Director of the Local Federation of East Lapland, Director of International Relations of Rovaniemi, as well as the heads of administrations and municipalities of the Murmansk region took part in a separate section dedicated to these issues.