Partnership for Modernisation
Meeting at Rostov-on-Don for their 25th Summit on May 31-June 1, 2010, the European Union and Russia launched a Partnership for Modernisation to the mutual benefit of their citizens.
As stated in the Joint Declaration on the Partnership for Modernisation:"The European Union and Russia, as long-standing strategic partners in a changing multipolar world, are committed to working together to address common challenges with a balanced and result-oriented approach, based on democracy and the rule of law, both at the national and international level".
This commitment was reconfirmed by the EU-Russia Summit of 4 June 2012, where the newly re-elected President Putin underlined the importance of the Partnership for Russia.
Since 2010 the EU through its Delegation to Russia has allocated EUR 7 mln for projects under the EU-Russia Partnership for Modernisation Facility. The two broad areas are trade facilitation through harmonisation of technical regulations and standardisation and strengthening the rule of law.
The projects are in line with priorities of a rolling work plan [342 KB] approved by the EU and RF coordinators as an informal tool for activities within the EU-Russia Partnership for Modernisation. The projects also support existing EU-Russia Dialogues in the framework of the four EU-Russia Common Spaces.
As a whole, the EU-Russia Partnership for Modernisation comprises not only economic and judicial reform but also support to civil society. EU programmes in the area of human rights (European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights and Non-State Actors in Development) are very much complementary to the Partnership for Modernisation Facility. The Partnership for Modernisation also fits well with the successful regional cooperation in the Northern Dimension Partnerships, namely in environment, transport, culture and health. In fact, the Northern Dimension is the regional reflection of the EU-Russia strategic partnership. Finally, EU funded programmes in higher education (Tempus, Erasmus Mundus, Jean Monet Programme) remain a key part of EU-Russia Partnership.
Should you require any further information, please, contact the EU Delegation: DELEGATION-RUSSIA-P4M-FACILITY@eeas.europa.eu
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