In September, the South-East Finland – Russia CBC 2014-2020 celebrated cooperation in the border regions of Finland and Russia in Helsinki and Saint Petersburg. On 13-14.9 we participated to Kuntamarkkinat, annually held municipal fair for the decision makers in local and central government, businesses and associations. Along with 200 companies and public entities, the fair attracted over 8 000 visitors from all regions of Finland. Our exhibition stand with Karelia CBC programme provided information on results of the projects concluded with ENPI funding and opportunities and funding now available from the ENI CBC instrument. On 20-22.9 we had a pleasure to be invited to X Saint Petersburg International Innovation Forum as one of the City of Saint Petersburg’s Global Partners. The tenth anniversary year of one of the Russia’s top platform of modern and advanced technological development, with ca. 10 000 visitors, provided great surrounding for information services on possibilities to apply funding and to generate cross-border cooperation project ideas to be implemented together with Finnish and Russian partners. Cooperation in the European wide context has been celebrated during the several years on 21.9 and surrounding days. Events organised under the territorial and cross-border themes have been implemented within the campaign European Cooperation Day.
Thank you for all the visitors in our stands for interesting discussions and for the responsible organizers of both events for excellent cooperation; in Helsinki the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities and Kuntalehti and in Saint Petersburg the Committee on Industrial Policy and Innovation. Special thanks for the Saint Petersburg Committee for External Relations for the support. For more stories and photos go to Programme’s accounts in Facebook @cbcprogramme and Twitter @sefinruscbc