CBC In My Region 2019 – Annual Event

The South-East Finland – Russia CBC Programme organized its 2nd Annual Event in Saint Petersburg, Russia on 10-11.12.2019.   

Annual Events are platforms for the discussions of the results and synergies of the Russian-Finnish cross-border cooperation for the target regions, as well as the means to review on what has already been done for the benefit of the people at the both sides of the border. One of the events main objectives is to provide also a good overall picture of the impacts gained from the joint financial input of 77,5 Mio from the European Union, Russia and Finland.  

ITMO University provided well working facilities to celebrate the cross-border cooperation between Finland and Russia and projects’ actions. Today, out of 48 on-going projects (link to funded projects) the first launched are at the first interim reporting phase and some just started their journey. This season, we also enjoyed premiere of the Programme video showing the variety of the Finnish-Russian networks activities and fields of cooperation. 

Full house and important information

The project partners, in total circa 200 persons, enjoyed two days agenda including training of project communication and management and using PROMAS-system. Partners also took part in the group-working of the themes; partnership, project generation and sustainability of the results and got information of the Call 6, closing on the 27 February 2020. We collected feedback of the training sessions and are happy to see that clear majority considered them very useful or useful. Development suggestions are noted, thank you very much for those.

The main session on 11 December afternoon gathered Programme’s beneficiaries, stakeholders and the representatives of the financiers to exchange ideas, viewpoints and objectives of the current CBC 2014-2020 period and to reflect the future. In all speeches, strong support was given for the continuation of the Cross-Border Cooperation in the core regions currently on-board. Keynotes of the financiers highlighted the importance of having instrument like South-East Finland – Russia CBC Programme as a functional tool supporting and enabling cooperation between Russia and Finland.   

Good Communication Awards 

As part of our Annual Events, the Good Communication Awards are given in recognition of the contributions made by the projects. Awards symbolize transparent and fluent cooperation between the partners, the positive approach towards the Cross-Border Cooperation and the visibility and notability that the projects provide for the Programme and its financiers. In 2019, awards were announced by Mr Lauri Pullola from the General Consulate of Finland in St Petersburg for RiverGo (link), Multipass Port (link) and BizCycle (link). Warm congratulations.

Want to have Your say? 

Programme’s annual survey is open until 20.12.2019 and we wish to receive as many comments and replies as possible also to capture signals for programming 2021-2027 period. Go to survey (in English) via this link. Result summary will be published on our website in January 2020. 

Next Annual Event 

We hope so see you all next year in our third edition taking place in Kymenlaakso, Finland. Exact dates will be announced in early autumn.


Photos of the second Annual Event are available at https://www.facebook.com/sefinruscbc/ 


Training material for the project partners and potential applicants of the Call 6 are available at Event material 

Keynotes may be downloaded below. 

South-East Finland – Russia CBC Annual Event 11.12.2019 St Petersburg – Maxim Oreshkin, Russian NA speech

South-East Finland – Russia CBC Annual Event 11.12.2019 St Petersburg – Tuulia Väliheikki, Finnish NA speech

South-East Finland – Russia CBC Annual Event 11.12.2019 St Petersburg – Dana Berinde, EC speech