Dialogue about environmentally friendly energy production is on the agenda as Russian MPs and members of the Nordic Council meet for roundtable talks in Helsinki, May 14-15.
The talks will be based on environmental co-operation within the Northern Dimension (NDEP), a partnership involving the EU, Russia, Norway and Iceland. Environmental projects run by the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) in Russia will also be discussed.
The Nordic delegation is made up of the President of the Nordic Council, Kimmo Sasi, and representatives of the Presidium and the Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
The Russian side consists of members of the State Duma and the Federation Council in Moscow as well as regional politicians from North-West Russia. Representatives of the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC) will also take part in the talks.
This is the fourth in the series of Nordic-Russian roundtable gatherings, following on from Khanty-Mansiysk in Siberia (2009) and Bergen (2010), at which the extraction of gas and oil was the main topic, and Murmansk (2011) where the focus was on nuclear energy.