13 November 200911:40

Northern Dimension Senior Officials Meeting

1708-13-11-2009

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PRESS RELEASE

The Second Northern Dimension (ND) Senior Officials Meeting took place in Stockholm on November 12. It was attended by Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Grushko.

The Northern Dimension partners discussed the development of this important format of equal cooperation in Northern Europe since the first ND ministerial meeting (St. Petersburg, October 28, 2008). The sides welcomed the signing on October 21 this year in Naples of the Memorandum of Understanding establishing a Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics, took decision to launch an ND Culture Partnership and commence the practical activities of the Northern Dimension Institute and approved a concept and realization plan for the Northern Dimension Business Council.

Also discussed was the state of affairs in the ND Environmental Partnership and Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being. The partners supported the candidacy of Russia for the post of Chairman of the Health Partnership for 2010-2011.

The ND participants welcomed the application of Belarus for joining the Northern Dimension as observer.

November 13, 2009

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