Peipsi Forum VII

"Cross-border cooperation on the EU external borders:
Environment, use of shared natural resources and regional development"

Dates: December 2-3, 2009
Place: Atlantis Conference Centre, Tartu; Estonia
Languages: English and Russian (simultaneous and/or consecutive interpretation)
Contact to organizer: Margit Säre,, +372 50 88409

Peipsi CTC newsletter no 6 gives an overview of the discussions at the Peipsi Forum VII.

Peipsi Forum VII programme


Alain Roggeri, Objectives and main directions of activities of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy

Ilkka Räisänen, EU Neighbourhood Policy Instrument and private sector activation to protect the Baltic Sea

Krista Kampus, Estonia-Latvia-Russia ENPI CBC programme

Maria Bulatova, Results and perspectives of cross border cooperation in transboundary Peipsi/Chudskoye Lake area: view from Pskov region

Margit Säre, Estonian and Russian civil society organisations about the role of the EU in promoting the CBC – outcomes of a survey

Ago Jaani, Activities of the Estonian – Russian Transboundary Water Commission and perspectives for cooperative transboundary water projects

Lilia Michenko, Cooperation on Dniester River – Ukrainian perspective

Ilja Trombitsky, On the NGO cooperation in the Dniester River Basin

Roman Corobov, Transboundary Dniester river is face of climate changes: role of state policies and inter-state cooperation in raising preparedness

Gennadi Sirodoev, Approaches to GIS of the Dniester transboundary river basin

Gulnara Roll, Improving IWRM in the EECCA region: Activities on transboundary waters and country – based activities

This Roundtable on cross-border cooperation, traditionally organised at the end of each year before the relaxing Christmas holidays, brings together about eighty experts and stakeholders from the EU countries and on the EU direct neighbourhood: Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Russia, Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine to exchange views on the experiences and deliberate on the future of the cross-border cooperation in the region. 

With the EU Baltic Sea Strategy that has been launched by the European Commission in July 2009, one of the main discussion topics concentrates on the thematic priorities of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy such as the environment, regional development and Baltic identity; and on the role of the multilateral cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region as a factor of a successful bilateral cross-border cooperation on the EU external borders.

Since Baltic Sea Strategy is a new program there is a need for learning and experience exchange with other transboundary water areas such as Barents Sea, Black Sea cooperation. The parallel sessions of the roundtable discuss the experiences and best practices in the Estonian-Russian-Finnish, Moldovan-Ukrainian and other transboundary regions water management, energy and environment, cultural cooperation and other projects.

Organisation of the event is supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

Peipsi Center for Transboundary Cooperation 
Ms. Margit Säre
Tel. +372 50 88409

Forum Balticum 
Dr. Eero Mikenberg
Tel. +375 5124007

University of Tartu 
Dr.Gulnara Roll

Lake Peipsi  Project, Pskov
Ms.Olga Vassilenko