Pskov hosted the first seminar for Russian partners
Pskov is a growing city of 200,000 inhabitants with the historic centre entangled by the rivers Velikaya and Pskova, and overlooked by the white walls of the fortified Pskov kremlin, the bell tower and the spire of the Holy Trinity Cathedral. In medieval times, the city was a commercial and trading centre, so it is no wonder that Pskov administrations have always been active in international relations.
Starting on a smaller scale, the MA/JS arranged a round-table discussion with the Pskov partner organisations on issues of the biggest concern for the successful implementation of their projects: payment and control of funds, eligibility of costs and visibility. Pskov partners are currently involved in three projects: Cities Multimodal, Balt Sea Food and Manure Standards. Two important parties joined the event: the Ministry of economic development of the Russian Federation and the Russian National Sub-Committee of the Programme. Jointly, in a cooperation spirit and with open minds, was it possible to progress on these complex issues.
This seminar helped the Pskov partners understand the set-up of Interreg Baltic Sea Region. Projects with full Russian participation are implemented for the first time since 2008.
Next steps: a seminar in St. Petersburg in late May and update of the Programme Manual
The Pskov event became a laboratory for preparing a bigger seminar for all Russian partners of the second call projects and their lead partners. That seminar is arranged in St. Petersburg on 23-24 May. More than 40 organisations received an invitation to to learn about the project implementation and reporting in Interreg Baltic Sea Region joint projects.
Meanwhile, the MA/JS are finalising clarifications on audit and control arrangements with the Russian Federation. Afterwards, the Programme Manual, depository of project rules, will be updated with information on Russian project partners involvement and presented to the Monitoring Committee of the Programme for approval in May.