The thirteenth joint meeting of the Finnish–Russian Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation will take place in Turku on 27 March. Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak of Russia will chair the meeting.
The meeting will discuss, among others, Finland’s cooperation with Russian regions, innovation, shipbuilding, transport and joint efforts of the two countries in order to develop border functionality. The meeting will review the progress of the Finnish–Russian Partnership for Modernisation and ongoing cooperation projects, including projects in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology, telecommunications, cleantech and construction sectors as well as the development of vocational education.
The two chairmen will also open the Modernisation Partnership Seminar, organised in conjunction with the meeting, which will focus on the marine industry and biomedical technology.
The Commission for Economic Cooperation is a forum for economic cooperation between Finland and Russia. The Commission’s role is to remove trade and investment barriers and promote links between companies as well as the development of the climate for business. Fourteen sectoral working groups encompassing key areas of cooperation operate under the Commission. In addition, the Commission provides a framework for Finland’s cooperation with ten Russian regions. The chairmen of the Economic Commission met last in Helsinki in October 2012.
Additional information: Lauri Tierala, Political Adviser to Minister Stubb, mobile tel. +358 40 841 7141, Counsellor Marja Liivala, Unit for Russia, mobile tel. +358 50 401 6135