Barents Cooperation Workshop

24 may 2016

Participants of the international workshop, held at the Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, discussed peculiarities of cooperation in the Barents Region.

The seminar was attended by students of the International Summer School in Karelia (ISSK), organized by the EU Centre in the Barents region of Russia. Students from Russia, Finland and Canada analyzed the prospects for cooperation in the Barents Region. Daniel Martsenyuk, Temporary Acting Representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry in Petrozavodsk, and Dmitry Kislov, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Republic of Karelia, helped students to understand current trends in the region.

Daniel Martsenyuk told the students about the priorities of cooperation and development in the Barents Region within Russian chairmanship. He noted that the main objective of the Russian Chairmanship is to promote sustainable social and economic development of the region, build modern infrastructure and enhance investment attractiveness. Dmitry Kislov told about activities of the Republic of Karelia within the Barents cooperation. His stories of personal experiences helped students better understand the particularities of cross-border cooperation.

It is worth noting that the workshop brings together civil servants, students and researchers. An important role in the seminar was played by representatives of the University of Lapland, Finland - Lassi Heininen and Gerald Zojer, and Tapani Kaakkuriniemi from the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, and Jussi Huotari from the University of Helsinki. Many students noted that such meetings facilitate better understanding of the principles and features of international cooperation.