Russian politicians on Barents seminar

A delegation of Russian parliamentarians is in Kirkenes to learn and discuss the experiences from 20 years of Norwegian – Russian cooperation. - This should be an open forum for good discussions, Secretary General Rune Rafaelsen said in his opening remarks. 

In order to be acquainted with experience of Barents cooperation and Russian-Norwegian cross-border cooperation, the delegation of the Standing Committee on Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation of Parliamentary Association of the North-West Russia (PANWR) visits Kirkenes on October 17th 2013.

The Norwegian Barents Secretariat has put together a wide program, which starts with a miniseminar at the Secretariat’s office. In his opening remarks secretary general at the Norwegian Barents Secretariat, Rune Rafaelsen, emphasized the importance of maintaining a good dialog between Norway and Russia.

Therefore the meeting in Kirkenes would also have a focus on open dialogue and good discussion around the conference table.

08.30 Arrival in Kirkenes

08.30 The Barents Cooperation – 20 Years of successful cross border cooperation
by Rune Rafaelsen, Secretary General, Norwegian Barents Secretariat

08.50 Youth Entrepreneurship
by Morten Brugård, Norwegian Barents Secretariat

09.15 Presentation Finnmark County focus on economic cooperation and development.
by Runar Sjåstad, County Governor of Finnmark

10.00 Coffee break

10.30 Oil and Gas in the High North – Joint Cooperation Russia – Norway
by Johan Petter Barlindhaug

11.15 Presentation Sør-Varanger Municipality
by Cecilie Hansen, Mayor

11.45 Kirkenes Business Park
by Arve Tannvik

12.30 Norwegian – Russian Business Cooperation
by Rune Rautio, Akvaplan Niva

12.45 Lunch

14.00 Visiting A/S Sydvaranger – Logistic and Mining.
by Trond Dahlberg, Tschudi Shipping Company