The Third Annual event of the South-East Finland – Russia CBC Programme 2014-2020 was held

On December 8, the third Annual event of the South-East Finland – Russia CBC Programme 2014-2020 was held. The main objective of these annual gatherings of Programme’s beneficiaries and stakeholders is to promote achievements of the funded projects and to demonstrate the value of cross-border cooperation.

Jukka-Pekka Bergman, Programme Director, spoke about the implementation of the Programme 2014-2020 and the preparation of the Programme 2021-2027. It is expected that the Programme of the new period will be approved by the European Commission during the winter of 2022, the first call is scheduled for early 2023. Among its main goals are a "smart Europe", a "green" low-carbon Europe, a more connected Europe and a better cooperation governance for Europe.

Presentations were made by representatives of the Programme’s  financing stakeholders - the Ministry of Economic Development and Employment of Finland, the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the European Commission. In addition, the lead partners of the first five completed projects shared the results and their experience of cross-border cooperation.

The Project Manager of the Bringing Together project, vice president of the SPbCCI Ludmila Karelina presented the Green InterTraffic project, which she led during its implementation from December 2018 to March 2021. Saint-Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry was a lead partner. The project partners: Saint-Petersburg State University, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Institute of Radar Meteorology, Transport Integration Ltd.

In order to combine the main results of the project, the Common Model of ecological status of Intertraffic with meteorological parameters was developed. The meaning of this work was to make a comprehensive study how the traffic safety and environmentally friendly road traffic can be supported. The main results of the project are presented in GIS tools and specialized publications presented on the project website for all interested users.

It was noted that the results of the project are in demand in Russia and Finland even after its completion. Project partners and experts provide consultations within the framework of the development of national transport strategies and other documents and transport projects. At the end of the speech, Lyudmila Karelina answered the questions of the participants and thanked the project partners for the high professional level of work and fruitful cooperation, and the Program management for their support in the process of project implementation.

10 December 2021