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CBC Karelia Programme
Since year 1996, the region of Kainuu has participated cross-border co-operation with the Republic of Karelia, Russia, via EU-funded programmes. These joint programmes with North Karelia and Northern Ostrobothnia in Finland and Republic of Karelia in Russia will continue also in the future, as the CBC Karelia Programme will continue the work of the current Karelia ENPI CBC Programme.
Cross-border co-operation has established its position as a major regional development tool and the Frontier Cooperation of the Russian Federation and the European Union will be growing in importance. Thus measures in support of cross-border co-operation are continued during the new programme period as well.
There will be three ENI CBC programmes implemented on the Finnish-Russian border on the programming period 2014-2020. The programming process of CBC Karelia Programme will soon be finished and the programme will start functioning. The Managing and Paying Authority responsible for the programme will be the Council of Oulu Region.