2 November 201021:38

On the Second Ministerial Meeting of the Northern Dimension

1535-02-11-2010

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PRESS RELEASE

At the Norwegian side's invitation, the Second Ministerial Meeting of the Northern Dimension (ND) took place in Oslo on November 2.

The Northern Dimension is a joint policy of four equal partners – Russia, the European Union, Iceland and Norway. The document on the establishment of the ND was approved at a summit held in November 2006 in Helsinki.

The meeting thoroughly examined the state of affairs within the framework of the currently ongoing ND Environmental Partnership and Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being. The tasks of the Partnerships on Transport and Logistics and on Culture, which are beginning their practical activities, were discussed. The Ministers also discussed the contribution of the Northern Dimension Institute and Business Council to the work of the ND.

The Ministers evaluated highly the cooperation within the ND framework. They were unanimous in the view that the work in this format should continue to be oriented toward implementing infrastructure, transport and logistics and other projects in the interests of all its participants and the development of the region as a whole.

Having considered the question of granting the Republic of Belarus the status of observer in the Northern Dimension, the Ministers expressed hope for the expeditious adoption of that decision.

The participation of Russia in the Northern Dimension facilitates the further development of multifaceted cooperation in the North of Europe and contributes to the attainment of the goals of the Russia-EU Partnership for Modernization.

November 2, 2010

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