Cross-Border Cooperation Summer School

Project aim:

The summer school is aimed to promote intersectoral and cross-border cooperation between high education institutions, NGOs and  local municipalities in Baltic Sea Region.

Project supporters:

Nordic Council of Ministers through NotaBene project

Project manager:

Margits Säre; margit @

Project activities:

Summer school taks place in Tartu, South of Estonia from 13th to 17th of August 2012. All together around 20 people was selected on competitive basis, from Baltic and Scandinavian states and Russia from local authorities, NGOs, research institutes. Participants got theoretical knowledge about cross-border cooperation policies and also practical information about cooperation possibilities, funding, public participation etc.


Cross border Cooperation Summer School

13-17 August 2012, Estonia

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Seminar Venue: AHHAA Science Centre (

9.30- 9.40 Introduction to Summer School 2012- Mrs. Margit Säre, Peipsi Center for Transboundary  Cooperation, Chairwomen (

9.40- 10.10 Welcome by Nordic Council of Ministers. Introduction to NotaBene project Mr. Pavel Petrov, head of the NCM Petrozovodsk contact center, Russia


10.10- 10.25 Self introduction of participants

10.25- 11.15 Key note presentation on cross border cooperation policies and practices between EU-Russia Dr. Eero Mikenberg, University of Tartu, EuroCollege

11.40-12.40 Estonian-Russian economic relations/cooperation and the political background- Mr. Karmo Tüür, The Centre for EU-Russia Studies 

13.30-14.30 Case study presentations:
 Border-crossing exercises: Art and politics on the Norwegian-Russian border- Mr. Bjarge  Schwenke Fors, the Barents Institute, University of Tromsø, Norway 

Norwegian-Russian cross-border economic cooperation and its impact on local regional development in Murmansk region- Mr. Mikhail Kosmynin, International Institute of Business Education of Murmansk, Russia


- Guided tour in AHHAA Science Center  

- Visit to the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Branch Office in Tartu.  Mr Madis  Kanarbik

-Meeting in Tartu Town Hall with Mr Jüri Kõre, Deputy Mayor of the Tartu City Government  (

- Visit to Tartu Visitor Centre

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

9.00-10.40 Border communities and civil society development in border areas - Moderator: Margit Säre

Collective memories of borderlands and cross border cooperation- Mrs. Elena Nikiforova, Centre for Independent Social Research, St.Petersburg, Russia

Case studies:

Russia-EU CBC experience transfer to Russia-CIS directionMs. Ekaterina Mikhaylova, Moscow State University, Russia

FP7 EUBORDERREGIONS project (, Estonian-Russian case study – Mrs. Margit Säre, Peipsi CTC, Estonia

11.00-12.30 Case Studies on experiences of civil society organisations and local municipalities:

- Klaipėda City Municipality Case- Mrs. Skaidre Raudyte, Klaipeda City Municipality Administration, Lithuania 

- From the experience of cross-border cooperation- Ms. Tatiana Bazanova, Pechenga District municipality, Russia 

- Cross border cooperation in Ukrainian border areas: a case study of the Danube delta area Mr. Igor Studennikov, Centre for Regional Studies, Ukraine

 - Joint cultural heritage related projects between twin cities Narva-IvangorodMrs. Anne Veevo, Narva Town Government, Estonia

14.00  Departure to the field trip to Lake Peipsi communities on the Estonian-Russian border area 

- Visit to Varnja Old believers church, Peipsimaa Visitor Center ( in  Kolkja, practical workshop. 

- Meeting with Mr. Viktor Nukka, the Mayor of Kallaste town 

- Open- air dinner on the shores of Lake Peipsi with traditional Peipsi food

 August 16, 2012-   the field trip to the Estonian-Russian border. 

-Kasepää Lake Peipsi Exhibition (
Samovar Museum and souvenir shop (
Raja Village- typical Russian 8 km long street-village; Raja Old Believers church

-  Meeting with Mr Pavel Kostromin, the Mayor of Mustvee town

-  Visit of Kuremäe nunnary (
- Guided exclusive tour in the Narva Castle (


Friday, August 17, 2012 

9.30-10.15 Visit to the Narva town government, introduction to the Estonian public administration system, structure, financing of investment projects etc.

Anne Veevo, Head of Development Department, Narva Town Government

10.30 Summing up the Summer School 2012

Main outcomes of the Summer School:

·         Participants of the summer school from border regions arere trained in order to promote establishment of cross-border networks according to the relevant European policies and practices.

·         Summer School enhances people-to-people contacts across the borders and decrease disinformation and negative prejudices about the cross border neighbours. Moreover it promoted trust and working relations between participants.

·         The main methods in summer school are group works, discussions and field visits. During the group work sessions new project ideas are developed for future cooperation. Elaboration of these projects will promote sustainability of created network.

·         Awareness of the participants is raised in the topics of public participation, fundraising possibilities for CBC activities, management of public relations etc.