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The EU Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer and Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs Konstantin Kosachev chaired the meeting. The meeting was attended by the heads of missions and representatives of the embassies of Sweden, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Denmark to the Russian Federation, the Foreign Ministry, regional authorities of Karelia, Saint-Petersburg, Leniningrad, Murmansk and Arkhangelsk Oblast and Nenets Autonomous Okrug administration as well as representatives of the Managing Authorities of the CBC programmes.
The information session proved to be a great opportunity to look at the overall state of EU-Russia affairs from a different angle. The EU Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer pointed out in his speech:
"Therefore, the nature of our cross border cooperation is perhaps the best explained in the motto of one of the programmes: "We work together to live better". By working together we improve the quality of life and bring concrete benefits to the citizens in border regions."
Cross Border Cooperation (CBC) is a key element of the EU policy towards its neighbours. It promotes cooperation between the EU countries and neighbouring countries that share a land border or sea crossing. Since its inception in 2007 Russia has always been a partner of great importance.
The CBC programme has three main objectives:
• Promoting economic and social development in border areas;
• Addressing common challenges such as environment, public health, safety and security;
• Putting in place better conditions for persons, goods and capital mobility.
In the current programming period, 2014-2020, Russia participates in eight out of sixteen programmes. Out of the total budget of €324 million, 54% comes from the EU's budget, 27% from the Russian budget and 19% from EU Member States' and Norway's budget. Coordinated implementation and joint management structures mean that the CBC programme is a true joint venture between the European Union and the Russian Federation.