The Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers will be opening the Nordic Week in Archangel on 23 November and visiting Moscow for talks with the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Nordisk Ministerråds generalsekretær, Halldór Ásgrímsson besøger har den 24. november møde med det russiske udenrigsministerium i Moskva
Nordic countries and the Northwest Russian regions are traditional partners due to geography and historical links. This year marks the 15th anniversary of official cooperation between the Nordic Council of Ministers and Northwest Russia.
Over a thousand projects in many fields have been implemented and almost one million people have participated in various joint Russian-Nordic initiatives since the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Information Office was set up in St. Petersburg in 1995.
The Nordic Council of Ministers Contact Centre was set up in Archangel in 1998. On 23 November Halldór Ásgrímsson, the Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, will be opening Nordic Week, which then runs until 26 November.
- Links with our nearest Russian neighbours, especially in this area around the White Sea, can be traced back for centuries. Continuous cooperation in the region comes very natural for the Nordic countries. We have successfully implemented a number of projects in the Barents region recently, and I am pleased to be in Archangel in person to launch Nordic Week, says Halldór Ásgrímsson.
The Nordic Week in Archangel features a number of events funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers, both for professionals and the general public. A seminar on good governance will take place on 23 November and will be opened by the NCM Secretary General, and be followed by the press conference.
Halldór Ásgrímsson will also be visiting Moscow on 24 November for annual talks with the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The Nordic missions in Russia will also be briefed about current cooperation activities in Northwest Russia.
Andrey Anisimov, rådgiver, Nordisk Ministerråds informationskontor i Sankt Petersborg, tlf.: (812) 336-75-80, e-mail: email@example.com