RND presentasjon Saariselkä 16

Succesfull seminar in Saariselka

Northern transport routes in focus

About 40 persons were gathered in Saariselka to discuss transport and travel logisctics 15-16 April. Representatives from road authorities, municipalities, travel industry and others shared and discussed plans, best practices, ideas and demands. Many speakers pointed out the need of better transport connection and frequent transport services between Ivalo and Kirkenes. Hurtigruta challenged bus companies to establish a frequent bus service between the 2 towns.

New twinning agreement and action plan 2008-2009

Sør-Varanger and Pechenga municipalities revitalise cooperation

Linda Randal, mayor in Sør-Varanger Municipality and Viktor Mavrin, mayor in Petsjenga District Municipality signed a new cooperation agreement the 28th March 2008. The action plan contains cooperation avtivities within fields like theater, rock festival, language training, environment, museum, female networking. Read more about the agreement at Sør-Varanger Municipality home page.
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The editor of "Nordlys" envisions bright future for Murmansk

Hans Kristian Amundsen, editor of the Norwegian newspaper "Nordlys" sees the planned expansion of the port of Murmansk as a first step toward Murmansk becoming "a dynamic engine in the Arctic area". Furthermore, if Moscow agrees to make Murmansk a free port, it would attract even more traffic as a result of lower taxes and less bureaucracy. Amundsen also calls for a better plan for the infrastructure in the north than what the "National Plan for Transportation" in Norway currently contains. Finally, he thinks that Murmansk´s rapid development and it´s subsequent need for labour might see a new flow of labour- from the Scandinavian countries- to Russia.
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New report available in Norwegian, Finnish and Russian

Local government in the northern border zone and administrative systems in 4 countries

The report contains information about the participating municipalities. It also aims to deliver a clarification and comparison of the different concepts and levels of administration in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.

Meeting with Trade Minister from Sweden

The 20th of February 2008, ther was a meeting in Kiruna between Ewa Björling, the Minister of Trade and Commerce in Sweden. Members of the "Northcouncil" were in the meeting together with the representatives form Kiruna municipality and Tornedalsrådet.

Board meeting in Kiruna

The board of the Council of Border Municpalities in the North had a meeting in Kiruna 19th February 2008. The board discussed new bylaws for the concil and different issues related to the future cooperation. The board also visitied LKAB, the mine company, and had a tour 500 meters under ground. The board was also informed about the Swedish administrative structure and challenges by the director of Kiruna Municipality.