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Bills on ratification of agreements on cross-border cooperation programs with Latvia and Poland are supported by the Committee

On September 13 during the meeting of the Committee Director of the Department for Development and Regulation of Foreign Economic Activities of the Ministry of Economic Development Vitaly Goodin gave a report on draft federal laws on ratification of agreements on cross-border cooperation with Latvia and Poland.

During the discussion, the chairman of the Committee Leonid Slutsky noted that the programs of cross-border cooperation with European countries should be supported and actively developed.
Director of the Department Vitaly Goodin said: “The idea of financial participation of the Russian Federation is given special attention. The fact of Russian co-financing of programs is mostly ignored and it results in an incorrect perception of programs as a tool of European support of Russian regions. This is unacceptable and in every possible way suppressed by the Ministry of Economic Development jointly with the Russian Foreign Ministry”.

Within the framework of the cross-border cooperation programs the projects aimed at solving social and economic tasks will be implemented through the exchange of experience, best practices and joint activities with the border regions of foreign countries. The Russian Federation plans to allocate 7.9 million euros for the projects with Latvia and over 20 million euros for the implementation of the Russia-Poland program until 2021.

The bills were approved unanimously and will be considered at a meeting of the State Duma on September 20, 2018.

During the meeting bills on ratification of the Treaty on Transfer of Persons Sentenced to Deprivation of Liberty with the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the Convention on Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters with the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria were also considered and supported.

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