The project anchors on the priorities of cooperation defined in the “Guidelines for the Nordic Council of Ministers’ cooperation with North-West Russia for 2009-2013” (“promotion of economic cooperation and trade”); KBNP programme (areas of public administration and business development) and the EU Baltic Sea Region Strategy (“prosperous region with increased trade and more innovative companies").
Background to the Project :
This project builds on the BEN and BEN-East and the NotaBENe (Preparatory action) project – three projects, which united authorities, NGOs, business organizations, and international organizations with cross-border co-operation working in the Baltic Sea Region and Barents Region.
Duration of the project: December 2010 – August 2013 (32 months)
Project in total: 3.768.154 DKK
NCM financing: 2.637.415 DKK
Network co-financing: 1.130.739 DKK
Council of Europe (Directorate for Democratic institutions, Department of Local and Regional Democracy and Good Governance)
North-West Russian Academy of Public Administration, St.Petersburg, Russia
Finnish-Russian Cross-Border University, Joensuu, Finland
Norwegian-Russian Chamber of Commerce
Association “Council of municipalities of the Republic of Karelia”, Russia
Administration of Vyborg region municipality, Leningrad region, Russia
Petrozavodsk State University
Murmansk Humanities Institute, Russia
Regional economic development Agency, Kaliningrad, Russia
Pskov State Polytechnic Institute, Russia
University of Tromso, Norway
Copenhagen Business school, Denmark
Peipsi Center for Transboundary Cooperation, Tartu, Estonia
Municipal Training Center, Kaunas, Lithuania
The purpose of the project is to promote cross-border economic cooperation between local and regional authorities, business community and high education institutions (HEI) in the Baltic Sea and Barents regions, with a focus on rural and peripheral territories.
- To create a Virtual NotaBENe Platform
The Virtual NotaBENe Platform is a database which will contain various tools for enhancement of competences of the main groups of stakeholders of cross-border economic cooperation (training courses, MA/BA courses, manuals, guidelines etc.) and the Council of Europe’s Capacity Building Tool Kit.
- To create a network between the project partners for the exchange of knowledge and best-practice examples in rural cross-border regions
The network is established by using the Virtual NotaBENe platform for exchange of knowledge and through trainings, thematic seminars and study tours on the small and medium business cooperation across the border.
- The Virtual NotaBENe platform will be used by project partners for specific cross-border small and medium business competition projects
The competition will be organized by the Council of Europe awarding the best project ideas as a result.