The Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) of the South-East Finland – Russia CBC 2014-2020 Programme had its twelfth meeting on 15 June 2021 on-line, following continuing safety measures due to coronavirus pandemic. The Committee took an overview on the Programme’s administrative procedures and the state of play on funded projects. In total, Programme funding is granted for 71 projects of which four has been concluded by the end of May 2021. Read more from the April 2021 News bulletin.
Programme’s new accounting year, 7/2021-6/2022, starts soon and the Committee was introduced with the MA’s Annual Work Plan, which was also approved. Focuses during the coming year are in supporting projects’ implementation and closure, disseminating information of the results, and simultaneously building capacity and increasing preparedness for the next programming period (2021-2027). These objectives are addressed with several means, for example by sharing information, organising training sessions and events, and publishing written instructions and newsletters.
The Programme has also launched planning of its third Annual Event for early December 2021, in Kotka Finland. More information of the event shall be published after the summer breaks. Another major event, in October 2021, is the All-Russia Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, where the Programme and some of the funded projects shall participate together with other CBC programmes implemented between Finland and Russia. Pandemic may impact on the practical arrangements of the events, but as was learned from the past year, it shall not stop cross-border cooperation.