RCTT took part in the International Seminar “Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007 – 2013: New Partnership Opportunities for Russian and Belarusian Regions”. The event took place in St. Petersburg on 16-17 April. RCTT got to the event owing to the support rendered by the State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus (SCST) and the UNDP in the framework of the Project “Strengthening the National System for Technology Transfer in the Republic of Belarus on the Basis of Information and Communication Technologies”.
A total of more than 400 participants represented Belarus, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Russia. Among the participants, there were First Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Economic Development, Industrial Policy and Trade of St Petersburg Dr. Fiveysky, Head of Administration for External Economic Relations Coordination, Committee for External Relations of St. Petersburg Ms Е. Belyakova, Member of Board of Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein (Managing Authority of the Programme) Dr. Klaus Rave, Counselor of the Delegation of the European Commission to Russia Mr. Hans van Vliet, as well as officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Belarus.
The agenda of the event included, inter alia, the following major issues:
· ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE BALTIC SEA REGION INTERREG III B NEIGHBOURHOOD PROGRAMME 2004-2006,
· EXPERIENCE IN TRANSNATIONAL COOPERATION: PROJECTS’ POINT OF VIEW,
· PROGRAMMING PERIOD 2007-2013,
· REQUIREMENT FOR THE 1ST CALL FOR PROPOSALS WITHIN BALTIC SEA REGION PROGRAMME 2007 – 2013.
The saturated agenda of the Conference have found room for auxiliary events like
· an exhibition on the Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme,
· interactive “matchmaking café” for project partners,
· “info desk” on the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013,
· a few seminars on the specific priorities of the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013, in particular, on
- fostering of innovations,
- internal and external accessibility of the region (transport and ICT),
- Baltic Sea as a common resource,
- attractive and competitive cities and countries.
The representative of RCTT presented the concepts of the project initiative “Baltic IRC Network“. Being in compliance with the regional priority 1, the ideas of this project attracted most of all the Baltic Institute of Finland (www.baltic.org) and German innovation organization ATI Kueste GmbH (www.ati-kueste.de), the Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University, the Saint Petersburg State University for Aerospace Instrument Engineering (www.guap.ru), the Leningrad Regional Centre for Support of Entrepreneurship (www.recept.813.ru), the Kaliningrad Centre for Innovative Technology.
Here is the link to the materials of the Conference.