CBC In My Region 2021 – Annual Event

The South-East Finland – Russia CBC Programme organized its 3rd Annual Event as an on-line event on 8.12.2021.

Annual Events are platforms for the discussions of the results and synergies of the Finnish-Russian 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 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.

This year, the Cross-Border Cooperation is also affected by the Covid19 -pandemic and due to sanitary instructions, the event was organized online. What we gladly noticed is that our CBC community is strong and together, and the Managing Authority and its branch Office gathered almost 150 attendees and panelists for the joint afternoon.

What we learned?

The event was launched by the presentation of the CBC 2014-2020 Programme’s state of play and insights for the 2021-2027 period. A lot is going on and next two years will be intensive, while complementing funded projects and collecting their results, and simultaneously building capacity bridges to support the efficient launching of the next Programme. All this is done by the support of the Programme’s financing stakeholders European Union, Russia and Finland who all committed themselves for the common programming future in their keynote speeches.

The second session of the event was dedicated for the first completed projects, who were invited to share their results, but also, their experiences of the Cross-Border Cooperation. Based on the five presentations the attitude towards Finnish-Russian partnership in implementing projects is very positive and even the challenging circumstances decreasing face-to-face and on-site meetings, the results are there and so are partners’ eyes on the opportunities in the future programming period.

Event material is made available at Programme website ANNUAL EVENTS .

We hope to meet everyone in person in the 4th edition of the Annual Events.

Good Communication Awards 2021

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. Special attention, when selecting the winners in 2021, was given to the demonstrated flexibility and consistency to carry on in the challenging atmosphere caused by the pandemic and restrictions to organize on-site events.

We congratulate the winners. All partners of the winning projects shall receive a Good Communication Award 2021 certificate in January 2022.

Project website: https://sites.uef.fi/coexist/   
Lead Partner: University of Eastern Finland
Partners: The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation, South Karelia division and LUT University from Finland, Interregional charitable public organisation “Biologists for nature conservation” from Russia.