Step Up - Cross Border City in Action



Total Budget:EUR 991.171

EU Funding:EUR 396.469


Duration (dates) :

 2011-05-20 - 2014-05-20

Lead Partner:

 City of Lappeenranta

Project Partners:

  • City of Imatra
  • Administration of Vyborg region municipality
  • Municipality entity the City of Svetogorsk
  • Finnish Sport Association of South Karelia
  • Finnish-Russian school of Eastern Finland
  • Humak University of Applied Sciences
  • Municipality Admitalteiskiy okrug


Programme  : 2007-2013 South-East Finland-Russia ENPI CBC

Keywords : Social inclusion and equal opportunities Institutional cooperation and cooperation networks



 The overall objective of the project is to unit the existing institutions and organizations in the 4 fields (sport, youth policy, education and culture) to build a stable background for future cooperation. Specific objectives: To improve long established cooperation of the territories by using each others experiences and by building network, consolidating new links between local communities by, - setting up a common youth Parliament (CYP), that can be a distinguished actor on European stage and can act as an integrated body for developing and implementing youth policy, - forming Cultural Events promotion network in order to strengthen territorial attractiveness, - building school network in order to create direct links for better understanding and sharing know-how in educational issues. To build a tolerant society among the partners and participants of the project activities, where each party’s history, culture, traditions and heritage are respected and treated in a friendly way, that can be obtained during the project actions and activities, and later be transferred to everyday life of the citizens of the target territory. To put the cross border cooperation on new level by using common ICT resources, improving language skills, thus bringing the cooperation to a systematic everyday action. To increase professional and administrative knowledge by mutual learning, transfer of experience, sharing best practices in 4 spheres, by arranging common seminars, trainings, workshops and master classes.