Estonian EU external border programme


XVII All-Russia Forum Territorial Strategic Planning “Stakeholders of sustainable future”  took place in St. Petersburg  on 22-23 October 2018 and hosted over 1 000 participants: representatives of the Federal Assembly of Russia, Federal ministries and agencies of Russia, regional administrations and legislative assemblies, municipalities, business, academic and expert communities, NGOs, foreign countries, and mass media.  This is an important platform for discussion and constructive analysis of strategic plans and urban development of Russian Federation and its coordination with strategies on worldwide, European and Baltic Sea scales in particular.

Opening of the Forum

Beglov Alexander, Acting Governor of St. Petersburg

Oreshkin Maxim, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation (left)
and Kudrin Alexey, Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation

Kapyrin Igor, Deputy Director, Department of European Cooperation,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

EU-Russia Cross-border cooperation Programmes: Estonia-Russia, Kolarctic, Karelia, South-East Finland-Russia,  Latvia-Russia, Poland-Russia and Lithuania-Russia are important links in this process and their input to discussions is always welcomed.

The representatives of Estonia-Russia CBC Programme 2014-2020 had participated in the Forum:  Margarita Golovko, Ministry of Finance of Estonia, Head of European Territorial Cooperation Unit; Julia Kirsima, Ministry of Finance of Estonia, Adviser; Aleksander Vukkert, State Shared Service Centre, Adviser; Unda Ozolina, Head of JTS and Sergey Balanev, JTS BO Information Manager of Estonia-Russia CBC Programme.
On 22nd October at the Panel session “INNOVATIVE, ACCESSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE BALTIC SEA REGION: RUSSIA-EU MACRO-REGIONAL COOPERATION STAKEHOLDERS” Margarita Golovko had announced welcome address on behalf of the Joint Monitoring Committee of the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020.

Within the course of the Forum  the delegation held the number  of important discussions and coordination meetings  with the representatives of the Federal and regional authorities, colleagues from the other CBC Programmes to clarify issues related to the Programme’s implementation and projects’ kick-off in particular, which appeared to be just in time. Two days after, on 25th October the State Duma of the Russian Federation approved the law on ratification of the “AGREEMENT on financing and implementation of Cross Border Cooperation Programme “Estonia-Russia” 2014-2020”,  subject to mandatory review by the Council of the Federation and further signing by the President of the Russian Federation.