On the 25th of September 2019, Saint Petersburg welcomed the interactive event “Nature as our common treasure” within the European Cooperation Day. Reaching out to the young audience, the focal point of event was nature protection and sustainable environmental management.

The event was co-organized by the Estonia – Russia, Latvia – Russia, South-East Finland – Russia cross-border cooperation Programmes (hereinafter, the CBC Programmes) and the transnational cooperation Programme Interreg Baltic Sea Region in partnership with the Information and Education Center of “Saint-Petersburg Vodokanal”.

At the event opening, Alla Agapova, Advisor of Unit for Regional and Cross-Border Cooperation Development, Department for Development and Regulation of External Economic Activities, Ministry of Economic Development, conveyed the welcome words of the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Maksim Oreshkin. It was noted that ‘the event helps consistently strengthen interregional and cross-border relations among the countries and – importantly – it demonstrates the actual results of joint work done by the EU – Russia cross-border cooperation programmes to the citizens of the regions’.

The welcome speeches were given by Alexander Somoza, Policy Officer of the European External Action Service; the Heads of the CBC Programmes – Ege Ello, Agnese Marnauza, Jukka-Pekka Bergman, the representative of the transnational cooperation Programme Elena Kolosova; Consul General of the Republic of Estonia in St Petersburg Carl Eric Laantee Reintamm; Consul General of the Republic of Latvia in St Petersburg Kristaps Brusbardis; Deputy director of the Information and Education Center of “Saint-Petersburg Vodokanal”, Dmitry Troshenko.

The interactive event was notable for participation of the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia; officials of the EU-Russia Cooperation Sector, Delegation of the European Union to Russia; representative of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Estonia; and the representatives of the Committee for external relations of St Petersburg and Committee for external relations of the Leningrad region.

The key actors of the event were the representative of the cross-border and transnational cooperation projects implementing in the North-West Federal District of Russia, the graduates of seven grammar schools and the first-year students from eight universities of Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad region.

Both students and officials had an opportunity to get to know the projects in more detail by visiting exhibition where 12 projects from all 4 programmes were presented by projects beneficiaries. Special brochure in Russian and English languages was prepared and disseminated during the events containing brief information about programmes and projects.

During the brainstorming and group work the students developed and presented their own project ideas on sustainable environmental management and nature protection. The ideas proposed by the students were of interest for future cooperation between Russia and the EU.

The amount of participants hosted by the event totaled ca. 150 people.

The event was concluded with the Culinary Journey, introducing participants with culinary traditions of Baltic Sea countries.

Please, introduce yourself to the Special brochure in Russian and English languages which were prepared and disseminated during the event containing brief information about programmes and projects.

Brochure in Russian

Brochure in English

Please visit the photo gallery of event HERE.

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