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EuroFaculty in Tartu, Riga and Vilnius – progress and challenges

Last summer there was a shift in the administration of the EuroFaculty. I got the honor of replacing Professor Arild Saether, who after two very tough years as Director of the EuroFaculty decided to return to his native Norway. Along with the EF Director, also the Executive Officer and Accounting Officer were changed. Taking into account that EuroFaculty administers a complex network of co-operation among ten sovereign states, such a total change of the…

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St.Petersburg, A focal point of Baltic Sea co-operation, welcomes the Summit

For five years now, foreign economic relations of St. Petersburg have been an important sector of its economy, enjoying a separate line in the municipal budget and supported by an administrative structure, which interacts with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economic Development and the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation. St.Petersburg hosts consular offices of 40 countries, an Information Bureau of the Nordic Council of Ministers, the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly,…


Introducing the Central European Initiative to the Baltic Sea Region

The European scene of today shows a great variety of structures of multilateral regional co-operation. The Central European Initiative, which emerged right after the collapse of the communist system, is the oldest and largest of such initiatives. Founded by Austria, Italy, Hungary and Yugoslavia in 1989 as a quadrilateral co-operation, the CEI membership increased to 10 by 1994, to 16 by 1996 and to 17 in 2000 with the accession of the Federal Republic…


NGO Forum in St. Petersburg: A Step Towards Forging a Regional Civil Society Network

On 19-20 April 2002 St. Petersburg hosted the 2nd Baltic Sea NGO Forum. Held under the auspices of the Russian CBSS Presidency, it was a natural follow-up to the NGO Conference organised in March last year in Copenhagen and the 1st Baltic Sea NGO Forum held in the framework of the German CBSS Presidency in Lubeck in May 2001. Representatives of civil society structures in Baltic Sea countries thus delivered on their pledge in…


Trade and economic development discussed in Moscow

A meeting of Ministers of Economy and Trade of CBSS Member States was held In Moscow on 20 March 2002, hosted by Mr. German O. Gref, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation, representing the Russian Presidency of the Council. Ministers in charge of economic co-operation and trade or their deputies from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden and a representative of the European Commission took part,…

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