Simplified customs clearance, extended opening hours for the Norwegian-Russian border, joint business projects in North and transport through the Northeast Passage were on the agenda at a meeting between Norway and Russia in the Arkhangelsk in northwest Russia.
State Secretary Rikke Lind led the Norwegian delegation and participated with his co-, vice minister of the Russian Ministry for Regional Development, Maksim Travnikov.
The Working Group has undertaken to follow up on the Norwegian-Russian joint declaration on strengthening cross-border cooperation which was signed by the countries' foreign ministers in Oslo 2 November. The working group will develop a concrete plan for following up the declaration.
– Today we discussed concrete measures for how it can be followed up, "said Lind. She thinks the meeting was positive. – We were in a number of specific issues in our bilateral relationship, including Customs issues where we agree that cooperation between our customs authorities must be resumed. Efforts to create better framework conditions for business cooperation and investment were also the theme in the discussions, "says Lind.
Agreement between Norway and Russia on maritime delimitation and cooperation in the Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean was signed in Murmansk 15 September 2010.
Agreement on simplified border crossing for residents in the border area (cross-Boer evidence) between Norway and Russia was signed in Oslo 2 November 2010.
A Norwegian-Russian joint statement on strengthening cross-border cooperation was signed in Oslo 2 November 2010.
Working regionally and cross-border cooperation under the Norwegian-Russian government commission for economic cooperation meeting in Arkhangelsk on 15 November 2010.