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This was stated by the Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Vladimir Ilyichev at the opening ceremony of the Cross Year of Interregional Cooperation between Russia and France.

“Strong interregional ties are the key to sustainable development of Russian-French cooperation, open up significant opportunities for the implementation of joint initiatives in a wide range of areas,” – said Vladimir Ilyichev in his speech.

According to the Deputy Minister, within the framework of the Cross Year, events are planned to exchange practices between young entrepreneurs between the Leningrad region and Normandy, in the fall Moscow and the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region will organize a Youth Forum, and in the city of Hérouville-Saint-Clair (Normandy region) a solemn ceremony in honor of Victory Day will be held with the participation of the Russian delegation. It is also planned to sign an agreement on interregional cooperation between the Government of the Samara region and the Regional Council of the Grand Est.

In turn, the first deputy governor of the Novgorod region, Veronika Minina, spoke about plans to develop cooperation.

“We are glad to cooperate in all areas, to exchange experience with colleagues from France in the spheres of culture, education, sports, tourism, improvement of local self-government. After a break due to the coronavirus pandemic, our partners and I are determined to resume live exchanges and cooperation, including within the framework of the announced cross-year of interregional and intermunicipal cooperation between Russia and France. We sincerely wish this event a good start and successful holding to all its organizers and participants, ”she said.

During the ceremony, the participants agreed on the need to continue monitoring the implementation of the entire range of regional projects and activities envisaged by the Program.

The document includes over 150 interregional projects and events in the fields of culture, science, education, economics, tourism, health care, and sports. More than 20 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and 10 territorial entities of France gave their proposals on the content of the Program.

The results of the Cross Year will be summed up at the closing ceremony, which will take place at the end of 2021 in the Leningrad Region.

The ceremony was also attended by Christine Moreau, French Foreign Ministry plenipotentiary for the development of international interregional cooperation, Christian Estrosi, president of the country group of the United Cities of France and others.

A source:Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

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