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ommittee of Senior Representatives (CSR)

Twentieth Meeting

Helsinki-Vantaa, Finland

19-20 April 2012


CSR 20/5/Info 1


Results of a call for proposals directed at the non-state actors and local authorities in the Baltic Sea region (within the priorities of the Northern Dimension)

Submitted by

European Commission

Summary / Note

In 2011 the Delegation of the European Union to Russia for the first time launched a Call for Proposals directed at the non-state actors and local authorities in the Baltic Sea region. The overall objective of this grant scheme with a total budget of 3.5 million euro is to support the cooperation between the EU and Russia by encouraging local stakeholders to participate more effectively in addressing common challenges and exploiting common opportunities in the Baltic Sea region.
Ten projects (three in the area of energy, one – in transport, three - in health and three - in culture) have been granted funding, including the following two health-related projects developed with the NDPHS support:

  1. Taking Up the Challenge: Developing Services to Contain the Spread of HIV and TB among Injecting Drug Users in Kaliningrad Oblast;

  2. Healthier People: Management of Change through Monitoring and Action (in cooperation with the Northern Dimension Institute).

Requested action

For information

Non-state Actors and Local Authorities Programme for the Baltic Sea Region
(within the priorities of the Northern Dimension)

Results of Call for Proposals 2011
Russian Federation

Non-state Actors and Local Authorities Programme for the Baltic Sea Region
The Baltic Sea region plays a strategic role in EU-Russia relations being the main gateway from Russia to Europe. Its prosperity, safety and security are of crucial importance not only for directly neighbouring regions and countries but for the whole of Russia and the EU.
In 2011 the Delegation of the European Union to Russia for the first time launched a Call for Proposals1 directed at the non-state actors and local authorities in the Baltic Sea region2. The overall objective of this grant scheme with a total budget of 3.5 million euro is to support the cooperation between the EU and Russia by encouraging local stakeholders to participate more effectively in addressing common challenges (disparities in regional development, inadequate quality of life, demographic crisis, energy efficiency, etc.) and exploiting common opportunities (high education levels, natural resources, open societies, etc) of the Baltic Sea Region.
This call for proposals is a part of a larger initiative “The EU Baltic Sea Strategy External Action Programme3 in favour of the Russian Federation”. The overall objective of the Programme is to make the Baltic region an attractive place to invest, work and live in. The four pillars of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region are: (a) protection of the environment; (b) enhancing the region’s prosperity; (c) increasing accessibility and attractiveness; and (d) ensuring safety and security in the region. The majority of the priority areas form a comfortable overlap with current Russian government and or regional government priorities for the Russian Baltic regions.
The EU Baltic Sea Strategy Action Plan identified the Northern Dimension as the main platform for external aspects of the Strategy. The Northern Dimension, a policy to which Russia is fully committed as an equal partner, provides an excellent political basis for cooperation.
The specific objectives of this Call for Proposals were:

  • To strengthen institutional capacity building of key stakeholders so that they are better prepared for participation in decision making in the fields of climate change, energy efficiency, health and social protection, transport and logistics, and culture and tourism within the framework of the priorities covered by the Northern Dimension.

  • To promote local/regional governance and improve links between citizens and local/regional authorities in the fields described above.

  • To strengthen cooperation between EU and Russia in the fields described above by working in partnership with similar European organizations, developing links, networking and cooperation.

Priority under this Call for Proposals was given to small scale actions in the below thematic areas (priorities of the Northern Dimension1).
I. Climate change and energy efficiency

  • Pilot actions to improve energy efficiency in buildings, enterprises or public utilities;

  • Actions able to increase awareness in respect to energy efficiency, use of renewable and alternative energy sources, climate change mitigation and adaptation;

II. Transport and logistics

  • Actions able to facilitate the removal of bottlenecks affecting traffic between and/or transiting the Northern Dimension partners,

III. Health

  • Actions aimed at reducing the spread of major communicable diseases and prevent life-style related non-communicable diseases incl. HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections, cardiovascular diseases, mental illnesses, resistance to antibiotics, as well as other major public health problems that arise from the use of alcohol, illicit drugs and socially distressing conditions. Furthermore, to strengthen primary health care and to improve health at work, in order to diminish adverse effects of poor working conditions.

IV. Culture

  • Actions aimed at encouraging the development, use and transfer of efficient and/or innovative practices based on Russian and European experiences in regional development with a specific focus on creative economy, cultural industries, cultural tourism, contemporary cultural production, cultural heritage, mobility of artists and cultural managers;

As a result of the call for proposals “Non-state Actors and Local Authorities Programme for the Baltic Sea Region” ten projects (3 in the area of energy, 1 – in transport, 3 - in health and 3 - in culture) were selected in 2011; each of them received an EU grant between EUR 200,000 and EUR 500,000. The selected actions have started at the end of 2011 and will last for 24-30 months.

The summaries of the projects are attached.

Energy Efficiency (EE) Awareness Campaign as a way to Combat Climate Change (CC)

Project 2011/278-542

Climate change is a serious environmental problem in Russia, including St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast. 70% of the CO2 pollution comes from the energy sector. Russia has a great potential to mitigate CC by raising EE. For example, based on German expert data, the Russian Federation could reduce its CO2 emissions from hard coal power plants almost by half using state of the art technology. According to the International Energy Agency data, EE in Russia in relation to the national gross output is 2.5 times lower than that in OECD countries.

Energy Efficiency is the key to combat climate change

However, the importance of CC and EE issues is not well realized by local people and no significant action neither at a national nor at a regional level has been undertaken so far to raise awareness on these topics. By launching the project, people may gain a better understanding on the link between EE and CC, which is the first but important step to solve the problem.

The action will mainly provide support to Russian green NGOs as non-state actors in St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast to enable them to participate more effectively in addressing energy efficiency and climate change issues.
The specific project objectives are the following:

  • Initiate an Energy Efficiency Awareness Campaign for St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast;

  • Raise awareness of green local NGOs on EE/CC;

  • Strengthen institutional capacity and increase technical capability of participating NGOs;

  • Strengthen cooperation between local and foreign green NGOs;

  • Develop a training package to serve as a methodological and information basis for further trainings.

The project will focus on ”Train the trainers” activities for local NGOs; facilitating their meetings with local/regional authorities, mass media and EU NGOs; developing training materials and an Action Plan for a regional awareness campaign on EE/CC issues based on the EU experience; developing an NGO Cooperation Statement and a new Association Charter; facilitating cooperation of local and EU NGOs; creating a project web-site and a Project Brochure, conducting the Project Conference and disseminating project results.

Starting day: 07/12/2012 Total Budget (EUR): 607 200

Duration: 24 months Budget EU (EUR): 484 545
Applicant: KÖVET Association for Sustainable Economies (KÖVET) (Hungary)

E-mail address: info@kovet.hu

Tel.: +36 1 473 2290

Web-site: www.kovet.hu

Contact person: Mr. Csaba Bodroghelyi

Partner 1: Environmental Center for Russian Industry (ECRI) (Russia)

E-mail address: ecri@mail.ru

Tel.: +7 495 6385738

Web-site: www.ecri.ru

Contact person: Ms. Lyudmila Vikhrova
Partner 2: International Network for Environmental Management (INEM) (Hungary)

E-mail address: torma@sze.hu

Tel.: +36-30-767-0157

Web-site: www.inem.org

Contact person: Mr. András Torma


Project 2011/263-546

The proposed project will promote cooperation between Russian regions and European countries located in the Baltic Sea area in the field of improving quality of life due to raising Energy Efficiency in houses and public buildings at a construction stage and during their maintenance. The project will be implemented in a partnership of Swedish, Lithuania and Russian organizations and will create new opportunities for Climate Change mitigation and more sustainable use of natural resources in the Baltic Sea Region and in Kaliningrad oblast.

Photo: Lindas. The first passive house project in Sweden.

This project will strengthen cooperation between EU and Russia and will increase capability of Baltic Sea regions to successfully participate in the Energy Saving Program that is in the process of implementation in the RF. The advanced European practices on energy savings in houses and public buildings such as Passive House, Energy Declaration, Progressive Energy Consumption Standards, etc. will lead to the sufficient energy efficiency and energy level in the Baltic Sea regions.

It is estimated that technical, legal and managerial improvements recommended by the project will lead to saving up to 25 % of energy consumption in houses and public buildings in Kaliningrad Oblast by 2020. It should be noted that estimated costs of the proposed improvements will not be significantly higher compared to the normal cost level when contracting and maintaining energy systems in houses/buildings in a traditional way. The effect is going to be achieved due to introduction of advanced and innovative technical and managerial approaches and practices.
Starting day: 06/12/2011 Total Budget (EUR): 598 000.00

Duration: 24 months Budget EU (EUR): 478 000.00
Applicant: Environmental Center for Russian Industry (Russia)

E-mail address: ecri@mail.ru

Tel.: + 7 985 210 03 82; + 7 495 776 72 85

Web-site: www.ecri.ru Contact person: Aleksey Ignatiev

Partner 1: Royall Institute of Technology (KTH) (Sweden)

E-mail address: info@kth.se

Tel.: + 46 8 790 60 00 Web-site:www.kth.se

Contact person: Kjell Nilsen, Folke Bjork

energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions in Kaliningrad Oblast
Project 2011/278-730

The project’s key focus will be on energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions in Kaliningrad Oblast. The overall project objective is to enable partners in Kaliningrad – in collaboration with Nordic partners – to more effectively tackle climate change challenges through energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. This will also contribute to realizing the overall objectives of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and also the objectives of the EU-Russia energy dialogue.
Project activities include:

  • building awareness and knowledge through identification of energy efficient and renewable energy solutions in Finland, Sweden and Denmark and adapting them to Kaliningrad context.

  • applying and demonstrating knowledge and solutions by producing an analysis of existing energy saving street lightning projects in municipalities of Kaliningrad Oblast and presenting  an analysis of Best Available Technologies (BAT) on energy efficiency housing and accommodating financial mechanism to stimulate deployment of energy efficient technologies in buildings.

  • introducing energy management standards via on-site training of Russian representatives by European energy experts and organising a seminar focusing on theories and standards for energy management according to the international energy management standard, ISO 50001.

  • elaborating financing modalities for widespread deployment of solutions identified by the action and development of plan proposals for action – informing about available funds and financial mechanisms to deploy solutions at speed and scale.

  • ensuring result multiplication in other regions of Northwest Russia.

Starting day: 7/12/ 2011 Total Budget (EUR): 453,449.000

Duration: 27 months Budget EU (EUR): 362,759.000
Applicant: Baltic Development Forum ( Denmark)

E-mail address: hb@bdforum.org

Tel.: +45 70209394/ +4560218581

Web-site: www.bdforum.org Contact person: Hans Brask

Partner 1: Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) (Finland)

E-mail address: katja.novikova@lut.fi, tiina.jauhiainen@lut.fi

Tel.: +358 40 1479954, +358 40 1514836

Web-site: www.lut.fi

Contact person: Katja Novikova and Tiina Jauhiainen
Partner 2: Municipality of Oskarshamn (Sweden)

E-mail address: eva.hjalmered@ubcenergy.org

Tel.: +46 491764292

Web-site: www.oskarshamn.se

Contact person: Eva Hjälmered
Partner 3: Kaliningrad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Russia)

E-mail address: Zubovskaya@kaliningrad-cci.ru

Tel.: + 74012 956801

Web-site: www.kaliningrad-cci.ru

Contact person: Julya Zubovskaya
Partner 4: Federal State Autonomous Educational Institution of Higher Professional Education “Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University” (IKBFU) (Russia)

E-mail address: svmol@rambler.ru

Tel.: +74012 595549

Web-site: www.kantiana.ru

Contact person: Sergey Molchanov
Partner 5: Public Autonomous Institution “Environmental Center “ECAT-Kaliningrad” (Russia)

E-mail address: ECATK@mail.ru

Tel.: +74012 957711

Web-site: www.ecatk.ru

Contact person: Boris Komovnikov
Partner 6: Nordic Council of Ministers, Information Office in Kaliningrad (Russia)

E-mail address: AGR@norden.org

Tel.: +74012 616972

Web-site: www.norden39.ru

Contact person: Arne Grove


(Rail Baltica Growth Corridor Russia)
Project 2011/276-788
RBGC Russia facilitates removal of bottlenecks affecting both passenger and freight traffic between Russia and EU Member States in the Baltic Sea Region. By enhancing the access to transport information both on transnational and regional level, the project aims to improve the transport environment and thus, the competitiveness of St. Petersburg region and the Eastern part of the Baltic Sea Region as a whole.

RBGC Russia is a sister project for the on-going Rail Baltica Growth Corridor project (www.rbgc.eu), funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the Interreg IVB Baltic Sea Region Programme. RBGC combines efforts of 21 Project partner organizations from six EU Member States (Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany) on addressing the problems of inadequate and underdeveloped transport connections in the Eastern Baltic Sea Region of the EU. The purpose of its sister project, RBGC Russia, is to extend these on-going activities beyond the EU borders and fully involve North-West Russia to benefit from and contribute to the joint development work in the Baltic Sea Region.

RBGC Russia consists of Research and Pilot Activities in North-West Russia:

  1. Stakeholder research in the public and private transport sector

  2. Connectivity Pilot: Introducing a virtual travel planner for St. Petersburg connected with the wider international travel information network for the Baltic Sea Region

  3. Logistics Pilot: Elaboration of viable network for logistics capacities in North-West Russia

  4. Rail Baltica Growth Corridor Memorandum for St. Petersburg to contribute to transnational Rail Baltica Growth Strategy

Starting day: 01/01/2012 Total Budget (EUR): 600 849

Duration: 24 months Budget EU (EUR): 480 678
Applicant: Aalto University School of Economics CEMAT (Finland)

E-mail address: malla.paajanen@aalto.fi

Tel.: +358 50 366 7391

Contact person: Ms. Malla Paajanen

Website: www.cemat.aalto.fi
Partner 1: City of Helsinki (Finland)

E-mail address: olli.keinanen@hel.fi

Tel.: +358 9 310 36174

Contact person: Mr. Olli Keinänen

Website: www.hel.fi
Partner 2: Lappeenranta Technical University (LUT), Kouvola Unit (Finland)

E-mail address olli-pekka.hilmola@lut.fi

Tel.: +358 40 7614307

Contact person: Olli-Pekka Hilmola

Partner 3: St. Petersburg State Transport University (Russia)

E-mail address: ekorsky@mail.ru

Tel.: +7 911 910 8305

Contact person: Mr. Evgeny Korovyakovskiy

Website: www.pgups.ru
Partner 4: North-Western Russian Logistics Development and Information Centre (ILOT) (Russia)

E-mail address: pimw@wnet.ru

Tel.: +7 812 274 07 13

Contact person: Mr. Mikhail Pimonenko

Partner 5: Public Transport Authority Berlin-Brandenburg VBB (Germany)

E-mail address: ross@vbbonline.de

Tel.: +49 (0)30 25414-260

Contact person: Mr. Juergen Ross

Healthier people: management of change through monitoring and action

Project 2011/264-289

Photos: City of Turku
he project facilitates the cooperation between EU and Russian non-state actors and local authorities in jointly tackling the prevention of life-style related non-communicable diseases (NCD), which today are one of the greatest challenges of public health and social well-being. The overall objective of the project is to reduce premature mortality of preventable causes in a target region.
The specific objectives of the project are:

1) To measure the number of potential years of life lost (PYLL) in the pilot area;

2) To improve methods for the “management of change” locally and regionally;

3) To strengthen the understanding of the importance of “healthy choices” locally and regionally.

The actions of this project support the institutional capacity building and networking of key stakeholders by practical interventions supported by necessary policy decisions in order to better motivate and prepare the stakeholders for participating in decision making and policy formulation in the field of health and social protection. Moreover, the activities under this project promote local and regional governance, as well as improve links between citizens and local/regional authorities and other stakeholders (including media).

As a result of the project, a system for measuring the internationally approved indicator Potential Years of Life Lost (PYLL) will be tested in the Kalininsky District in St. Petersburg. The PYLL results will be discussed and a strategic intervention plan will be formulated with sector leaders and other branches of administration, whose involvement will be paramount to tackle the problems and bring about a real change in the underlying problems causing premature avoidable deaths, diseases and injuries. After testing the feasibility of the regional and city-level PYLL analysis as a tool for management of change in order to prevent life-style related non-communicable diseases and to reduce premature mortality of preventable causes, a realistic plan for multiplication in other regions in the Russian Federation and in other Northern Dimension countries can be prepared.

Starting day: 1/02/2012 Total Budget (EUR): 250 000

Duration: 24 months Budget EU (EUR): 200 000
Applicant: Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland)

E-mail address: katja.lahikainen@lut.fi

Tel.: +358 400 570 603

Contact person: Katja Lahikainen

Partner 1: Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association

E-mail address: johanna.reiman@marebalticum.com

Tel.:+358 2 251 4909 / +358 50 5774 803

Web-site: http://www.marebalticum.org

Contact person: Johanna Reiman
Partner 2: University of Eastern Finland (Finland)

E-mail address: ilkka.vohlonen@uef.fi

Tel.: +358 50 383 9938

Web-site: www.uef.fi

Contact person: Ilkka Vohlonen
Partner 3: NGO Development Center (Russia)

E-mail address: crno@crno.ru

Tel.: +7 921 337 7155

Web-site: http://crno.ru

Contact person: Anna Orlova
Partner 4: Tallinn University (Estonia)

E-mail address: sootla.georg@gmail.com

Tel.: +372 50 49 236 / +372 6410 089

Web-site: http://www.tlu.ee

Contact person: Georg Sootla

Taking Up The Challenge: Developing Services to Contain the Spread of HIV and TB among Injecting Drug Users in Kaliningrad Oblast

Project 2011/263-372

The overall objective of this project is to contribute to the prevention of the spread of HIV and TB in the Kaliningrad Oblast.

HIV/AIDS Memorial Day in Kaliningrad

(photo by Dmitry Vyshemirsky)

The specific objectives are two-fold:

  1. To improve the provision of services to contain the spread of HIV and TB among IDUs; and

  2. To strengthen the partnership between stakeholders from Kaliningrad and their counterparts from Germany, Lithuania and Poland in responding to the HIV and TB epidemics.

Project objectives will be achieved through complementing prevention, treatment and rehabilitation services for IDUs provided by government-run structures with low-threshold activities provided by NGOs. Low-threshold Service Point (LTSP) for injecting drug users providing counselling and testing services as well as medical referrals and support services for IDUs will be established. In addition, Expert Action Board (EAB) under the Inter-Agency Commission on Communicable Diseases will be established by the Regional Government and comprised of representatives of regional authorities, medical and social professionals, law-enforcement officials and NGO leaders. Representatives from Polish, German and Lithuanian partner-organisations will be invited there as observers. EAB will be charged with analysing the situation and developing response measures to ensure effective inter-sectoral response to the spread of infectious diseases among vulnerable populations.

The proposed activities are expected to result in

(1) Service chain to contain the spread of HIV and TB among drug users developed. Medical and social services will be mapped to reveal gaps; professionals will be trained in interdepartmental and cross-sectoral collaboration in prevention, treatment and social support to IDUs as well as in drug-users-friendly approaches’ skills.

(2) Low-threshold Service Point for IDUs established. A team of NGO staff including social workers, psychologists and outreach workers will provide services to drug users. Special attention will be paid to promoting patients’ adherence to HIV and TB treatment and prevention of relapse.

(3) Drug treatment services improved. Drug treatment professionals will be trained in effective treatment models through holding workshops, study visits and internships at a Monar Center in Poland.

(4) Action Plan to contain the spread of HIV and TB among drug users developed. Expert Action Board will review epidemiological trends among vulnerable populations such as drug users and the social causes underlying these trends, and develope response measures to improve the situation.

Client of low-treshhold Serice Point in Kaliningrad (photo by Dmitry Vyshemirsky)
(5) Partnership between specialists from Kaliningrad and their counterparts from Germany, Poland and Lithuania established. International partners will hold a series of training workshops on specific aspects of service provision for/to drug users for medical, social welfare and NGO staff in Kaliningrad. Partners‘ contributions are also expected to be made to the Action Plan to be developed by the Expert Action Board, especially with respect to providing funding for disease prevention services delivered by NGOs.
Starting day: 01/02/2012 Total Budget (EUR): 416,518

Duration: 24 months Budget EU (EUR): 330,715
Applicant: Kaliningrad regional non-governmental youth organisation “Young Leaders’ Army” (YLA) (Russia)

E-mail address: ula@resist.koenig.ru, vyshem.inna@gmail.com

Tel.: +7(4012) 758806, +79114714759

Contact person: Inna Vyshemirskaya

Partner 1: The MONAR Association (Poland)

E-mail address: masza@monar.org; biuro@monar.org

Tel.: +48 22 6359509, +48 22 5306280

Web-site: http://www.monar.pl

Contact person: Maria Charmast
Partner 2: Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe e.V. (Germany)

E-mail address: alexandra.gurinova@dah.aidshilfe.de

Tel.: +49 030 6900870

Web-site: www.aidshilfe.de

Contact person: Alexandra Gurinova

Improving access to health and social care among indigenous people through promotion of community health
Project 2011/263-375

The Nenets Autonomous Okrug accounts 8000 Nenets indigenous people out of a total population of 42 000 inhabitants. 6200 of them live in the Zapolyarny district, out of which about 1000 have a nomadic life. Depending of the way of life they have chosen or they undergo, Nenets population of the Zapolyarny district are facing different health and social problems: low access to primary health care, high rate of alcohol abuse, birth defects among new-born of drinking mother, risks of social distress and psychological disorders (including risks of suicide) for children and teenagers in boarding schools etc.

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to reduce morbidity and mortality among the Nenets population of the Zapolyarniy district of the Nenets autonomous district. In the two-year period of action, the project will specifically aim at advancement of access to quality health and social care of indigenous people in isolated villages, boarding schools and health facilities in respect with their traditional way of life.

The stated objectives are to be reached through ensuring access to quality health and social care of indigenous people by:

  • promoting and reinforcing the establishment of a first link in the health care chain of isolated territories in nomadic communities;

  • ensuring protection and care for children and teenagers withdrawn from their traditional way of life and in social distress or crisis situations;

  • promoting Alcohol use disorder identification test (AUDIT) and brief intervention for patients at risk of alcohol misuse;

  • and sensitizing Nenets people to burning health issues such as alcohol misuse and social distress.

Coordinated via the steering committee and under facilitation of the CHP, the project activities will be grouped around the following focal points:

  • strengthening of the capacity of local authorities and health facilities in training and monitoring community health workers;

  • integration of the psychological distress screening and crisis intervention (including suicide risk) into the regular care pathways of indigenous youth;

  • integration of the alcohol use disorder screening and brief interventions into the regular care pathways of the indigenous population;

  • developing the capacities of the indigenous association Yasavey to organize health awareness campaigns among indigenous population and actual implementation of the awareness companies by Yasavey during main traditional Nenets events (Reindeer’s Day, Reindeer’s Racers) to facilitate the delivery of the public health messages to the project target audience.

The project results will be used by the steering committee to prepare the recommendations for the local authorities of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug and Arkhangelsk Oblast; the recommendations will summarize the methodologies tested within the project and provide information on how to incorporate these activities into the regular care activities of the local authorities and public health facilities of the Zapolyarny District.

Starting day: 1/01/2012 Total Budget (EUR): 351 984,93
Duration: 24 months Budget EU (EUR): 270 000,00
Applicant: Community Health Partnership (CHP) (Russia)

E-mail address: vsevolod_lee@communityhealth.ru

Tel.: +7 (495) 648-29-03

Contact person: Vsevolod Lee

Partner 1: Medecins de Monde – France (MDM)

E-mail address: genco.russia@medecinsdumonde.net

Tel.: +7 (495) 660 84 39

Web-site: www.medecinsdumonde.org

Contact person: Julia Krikorian

Partner 2: Jaunimo psichologines paramos centras (Youth Psychological Aid Centre) (Lithuania)

E-mail address: paulius@jppc.lt

Tel.: +370 5 231 34 37

Web-site: ww.jppc.lt

Contact person: Paulius Skruibis

Listening to Architecture, Composing Spaces.Baltic Network of Design, Architecture and Music

Project No 2011/276-685

The project aims to introduce in Russia the best European experiences in the fields of environment friendly architecture, design of public spaces for disabled people and design for children through a number of activities: study visits of Russian professionals to EU partner countries, educational programs for Russian children and students with EU experts and professionals (lectures and workshops), realization of a number of students projects for disabled people in the municipal cultural institutions.

Photo: Students at the St Petersburg Architectural Biennale 2011

At two big events – St Petersburg Architectural Biennale (2013) and Conference in the Hermitage Museum (2014) the results of the project will be presented to a broad audience. The project will be implemented in St Petersburg, Petrozavodsk and Vyborg and will embrace target groups of young designers, architects and composers, museums and libraries professionals, teachers and tutors, students, children, disabled people.

Starting day: 2 December 2011 Total Budget (EUR): 372 592

Duration: 26 months Budget EU (EUR): 298 074
Applicant: The St. Petersburg PRO ARTE Foundation for Culture and Arts (Russia)

E-mail address: office@proarte.ru

Tel.: +7 (812) 2330553

Web-site: www.proarte.ru

Contact person: Elena Kolovskaya

Partner 1: The Danish Cultural Institute (Denmark)

E-mail address: rh@sp.ru

Tel.: +7(812) 571 74 66

Web-site: www.dankultur.dk

Contact person: Rikke Helms

Partner 2: CUMULUS International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media (Finland)

E-mail address: cumulus@taik.fi

Fax.: +358947030534
Web-site: www.cumulusassociation.org

Contact person: Eija Salmi

Promoting event management training programme as a resource for development of cultural industries and tourism in the NW Russia
Project 2011/263-420
Nowadays in the Baltic region, emerging markets for leisure and arts business have created demand for event management professionals. Local traditional cultures as well as arts festivals, parades, shows and concerts attract growing number of tourists to NW Russia, in particular to the Republic of Karelia and the City of St. Petersburg, thereby increasing the need for skilled managers capable of organizing demanding tasks such as logistics, security, public relations, marketing, fundraising and volunteer coordination.
The project is undertaken to contribute to the capacity building in training professionals in the field of cultural industries / event management in the NW part of Russia. It is expected to attain this goal mainly by developing and running study modules for students / in-service training programme for event managers working in the NW Russia to improve the relevant competences and skills, and also by piloting the models of so-called “Campus Festival” in Petrozavodsk and St. Petersburg as a tool for promotion of the students’ diploma works and ideas into the cultural life of territories.
The following outcomes could be foreseen as a result of the project intervention:
Photo made by the applicant: Folk Ensemble “Toive” of the Petrozavodsk State University.

The students wearing the traditional costumes celebrate the mid-summer in Karelia (2010).

  • 5 new study modules on event management are created, piloted, and approved at HEIs participating in the project;

  • professional competences of 50 professionals working in St. Petersburg and the Republic of Karelia are improved via the in-services training programme;

  • 3 study visits organized to Mikkeli, Roskilde and Lillehammer;

  • 4 Campus Festivals (2 in St. Petersburg and 2 in Petrozavodsk) are organized in 2012 and 2013;

  • 1000 copies of brochure containing the valuable recommendations for regional development in the field of creative industries and cultural tourism published (1000 copies / each);

Starting day: 10/01/2012 Total Budget (EUR): 377.830

Duration: 24 months Budget EU (EUR): 294.707
Applicant: Karelian regional institute of management, economics and law of Petrozavodsk State University (Russia)

E-mail address: info@krimel.karelia.ru

Tel.: +7 8142 76 33 41 ; Web-site: http://krimel.karelia.ru/

Contact person: Denis Pyzhikov, Head of Development

Partner 1: Karelian State Pedagogical Academy (Russia)

E-mail address: rector@kspu.karelia.ru

Tel.: +7 8142 78 33 34 ; Web-site: http://kspu.karelia.ru/

Contact person: Galina Ulvinen, Head of International Office

Partner 2: Institute for Cultural Programmes, St. Petersburg (Russia)

E-mail address: develop@icp.sp.ru

Tel.: +7 812 571 58 38; Web-site: www.spbicp.ru

Contact person: Ekaterina Kondrashova, Development & PR department

Partner 3: Municipal Administration of the City of Petrozavodsk (Russia)

E-mail address: adm@petrozavodsk-mo.ru

Tel.: +7 8142 71 34 44; Web-site: http://www.petrozavodsk-mo.ru/

Contact person: Sergey Solovyov, Head of the Department of Culture

Partner 4: St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts (Russia)

E-mail address: ispbguki@gmail.com

Tel.: +7 (812) 312-87-14; Web-site: http://spbguki.ru/

Contact person: Ludmila Prohorova, Head of International Programmes Department

Partner 5: Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences (Finland)

E-mail address: mamk@mamk.fi

Tel.: +358 15 355 61; Web-site: http://www.mamk.fi/

Contact person: Jari Tuononen, Senior Lecturer on Cultural Management

Partner 6: Roskilde Business College (Denmark)

E-mail address: info@rhs.dk

Tel.: +45 88 52 32 01; Web-site: http://www.rhs.dk/

Contact person: Carsten Nielsen, Head of Development

Partner 7: Lillehammer Kunnskapspark (Norway)

E-mail address: post@lkp.no

Tel.: +47 61 28 99 00; Web-site: http://lkp.no/

Contact person: Jørgen Damskau, Project coordinator

Common history in past - for common future
Project 2011/276-688

Old Russian chronicle miniature XIII, Roerich, “Oversea guests”, 1901

Rurik sends Ascold and Dira from Novgorod

to Kiev in year 862
The Novgorod’s burial mounds are the oldest witnesses for the Nordic-Slavic relationships from the VIII – IX centuries located around the lake Ilmen’. These “Pyramids of the North” – resting-places of the first Old Russia’s leaders are direct analogues of Scandinavian barrows. The appearance of the hundreds of burial mounds in Novgorod oblast’ and Staraya Ladoga had become a result of the active connections of Scandinavian and Slavic people, united in VIII century by the famous trade route “The way from Varangians to Greeks”.
The overall objective of the Project is to facilitate cooperation in the field of culture between Russian Federation (Great Novgorod region, Staraya Ladoga), Sweden and Denmark based on the common rich historical background from Viking époque. To raise the awareness of the Russian and North-European citizens about common historical roots and rich cultural heritage is one of the Project’s tasks.
Geographically the Project is focused in Batetsky region of Novgorod oblast’ where a complex of archeological monuments with historical name “Peredolsky Pogost” had been discovered during excavation works from in 1970 -2000, it includes well-known SHUM GORA, unique both in terms of size and shape.
The leading Nordic museums dealing with Viking times, namely, Gotland Museum from Sweden, Vejle Museum and Roskilde Museum from Denmark together with leading Russian archeological experts and researches participate in the Project as a partners or associated partners. To establish a network and long term partnerships between them for future cooperation and joint activities is one of the Project’s objectives. The result of such cooperation in the framework of the Project will be the establishment of the first in Russia open air archeological site museum of Viking Age on the territory of 2, 5 hectare where interactive forms of museum activity – Living History reconstruction are going to be run as well.
The site museum in Batetsky region together with already existing Rurikovo Gorodishe and “Slavic Villiage” in Lubyatino will become a new touristic destination attractive for cultural travelers both from Russia and Nordic-Baltic countries - will be promoted as a complex of cultural heritage from Viking Age related to The Way from Varangian to Greeks”. To learn how to run locally based museum and how to promote local cultural destinations and to use culture as a motor for the regional development will be possible by transfer knowledge and experience from Nordic experts.
One of the Project’s major events – the Conference “The Way from Varangians to Greeks” is going to be a part of the 1150 anniversary officiall celebration of the Old Russian State foundation.

Interactive show, SHUM GORA, Batetsky region, 2011 Finds of Nordic origin in Novgorod oblastj

Starting day: 1/12/2011 Total Budget (EUR): 358.757

Duration: 24 months Budget EU (EUR): 287 004
Applicant: Association for Cooperation with North Europe Countries “Norden”,

Interregional non-government organisation (Russia)

E-mail: norden@norden.spb.ru

Phone: +7 812 272 01 34; Web-site: www.norden.spb.ru

Contact person: Daria Akhutina

Partner 1: Regional NGO “Novgorod Society for Antiquities” (Russia)

E-mail address: greatbridge@yandex.ru

Contact person: Troyanovskiy Sergey
Partner 2: The Danish Cultural Institute (Denmark)

E-mail address: rh@sp.ru Web-site: www.dankultur.dk

Contact person: Rikke Helms
Partner 3: Non-profit partnership “Tourist Office of Veliky Novgorod” (Russia)

Contact person: Isak Freydman info@visitnovgorod.ru

Partner 4: Administration Batetsky municipal area of the Novgorod region (Russia)

Contact person: Svetlana Gorshkova admin@batetsky.ru

Partner 5: Norden, Svensk förening för nordiskt samarbete (Sweden)

Contact person: Anders Bergström, anders.bergstrom@norden.se

Partner 6: The Gotland Museum (Sweden)

Ulrika Mebus, Ulrika.mebus@gotlandsmuseum.se

Partner 7: The Vejle Museum (Denmark)

Charlotta Lindblom, vkn@vejle.dk

1 The full text of the call i is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/delegations/russia/funding_opportunities/grants/index_en.htm

2 i.e. St. Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad Oblast, Republic of Karelia, Oblasts of Kaliningrad, Murmansk, Novgorod and Pskov; and for projects addressing the Barents region - Arhangelsk Oblast, Komi Republic and Nenetsky Autonomous Okrug

3 It was initiated by the European Parliament when in 2010 it made a total of 20 million euro available to support the external dimension of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy especially involving Russia. Other elements of the Programme include an additional contribution to the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership Support Fund and support for the implementation of the Helsinki Commission Baltic Sea Action Plan

1 Within the framework of the Northern Dimension policy, the following partnerships have been created: the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (NDEP), the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Wellbeing (NDPHS), the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) and the Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics (NDPTL).. Therefore priorities of this Call for Proposals will take into consideration priorities of the above-mentioned Partnerships


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