A total of 13 projects, including a bioeconomy pre-study and phase II of energy efficiency and cleantech in Northwest Russia, will be funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers within the framework of the new co-operation programme between the Nordic Region and Northwest Russia. There were over 70 applications to the open call programme, which was launched in the autumn of 2016.
The Nordic Council of Ministers, an official body for inter-governmental cooperation in the Nordic region, has announced it has selected 13 Nordic-Russian projects to be funded by the Council within the framework of the new co-operation programme between the Nordic Region and Northwest Russia.
The selected projects involve co-operation within a variety of areas including the environment, media, good governance, human rights, social issues, the supporting of NGOs, and co-operation between indigenous peoples.
Considerable interest in the programme
The open call programme was launched in September 2016 and the first application round took place the following month. The Nordic Council of Ministers received a total of 73 applications from various partnership projects in the Nordic countries and Northwest Russia.
– I’m very pleased with the number of fantastic applications for this new programme. The wide variety of applications demonstrates the broad interest in co-operation between the Nordic Region and Northwest Russia, said Dagfinn Høybråten, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers in a statement.
The new programme builds on the council of ministers’ efforts to develop networks and exchange experiences between the two regions. The chosen projects will share funding of DKK 6 million (≈ EUR 807 000) with each project awarded between DKK 300 000 (≈ EUR 40 000) and DKK 500 000 (≈ EUR 67 000) .
The Nordic Council of Ministers developed new forms of co-operation between the Nordic Region and Northwest Russia in 2015 and 2016. In addition to the open call programme, new partnerships in the areas of the environment, climate, and health will be launched in early 2017.
Of the 13 projects that will be funded, two are within the bioenergy sphere:
- Nordic-Russian bioeconomy pre-study – the goal is to strengthen networks within the bioeconomy, including in relation to the exploitation of forests and waste
- Energy Efficiency and Cleantech in Northwest Russia – Phase II a continuation of an earlier project and deals with networking in the cleantech industry