Since the signature of the Financing Agreement in January 2018, Russian partners seized real opportunities for full participation in Interreg Baltic Sea Region. The Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat of Interreg Baltic Sea Region initiated a series of seminars for Russian partners and their lead partners from the second call projects: the first arranged on 19 April in Pskov and the second to come on 23-24 May in St. Petersburg.
Seminar for Russian Partners in Pskov, © IB.SH / Susanne Scherrer
Pskov hosted the first seminar for Russian partners
Pskov is a growing city of 200,000 inhabitants with the historic centre entangled by the rivers Velikaya and Pskova, and overlooked by the white walls of the fortified Pskov kremlin, the bell tower and the spire of the Holy Trinity Cathedral. In medieval times, the city was a commercial and trading centre, so it is no wonder that Pskov administrations have always been active in international relations.
Starting on a smaller scale, the MA/JS arranged a round-table discussion with the Pskov partner organisations on issues of the biggest concern for the successful implementation of their projects: payment and control of funds, eligibility of costs and visibility. Pskov partners are currently involved in three projects: Cities Multimodal, Balt Sea Food and Manure Standards. Two important parties joined the event: the Ministry of economic development of the Russian Federation and the Russian National Sub-Committee of the Programme. Jointly, in a cooperation spirit and with open minds, was it possible to progress on these complex issues.