EU, Russia to allocate 200 million euro each for long-term border cooperation programs

Border cooperation programs being developed by Russia and European Union states will receive financing of over 400 million euro, Director of the Russian Ministry of Regional Development department for international ties and border cooperation Konstantin Shkred said during the 6th forum of the Kaliningrad region's partners in Kaliningrad.

Border cooperation programs being developed by Russia and European Union states will receive financing of over 400 million euro, Director of the Russian Ministry of Regional Development department for international ties and border cooperation Konstantin Shkred said during the 6th forum of the Kaliningrad region's partners in Kaliningrad.

"Political disagreements between Russia and the EU regarding the situation in Ukraine do not affect the long-term cooperation plans of Russia and the EU. Project and programs, which will be implemented by 2020, are currently being accorded," Shkred said.

It is expected there will be seven to nine such programs and will be co-financed - Russia and the EU will allocate 200 million euro each for these purposes.

These projects will be bilateral ones, for instance Russia-Poland, Russia-Lithuania, Russia-Finland, Shkred said.

Out of the projects being submitted by the regions for approval today, Russia prefers those, which resolve firstly infrastructure issues, the official said. It concerns developing border crossing points, border roads, small business and solving environment problems, he said.

"EU and Russian representatives see that border cooperation gives real results and so they do not want to refuse it. So, similar programs, which worked in 2007-2013, were efficient and 145 million euro were spent on them, a third of which was provided by Russia," Shkred said. And around 200 projects were carried out successfully in the framework of this cooperation, he said.

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