“The Nordic Council of Ministers has been represented in Narva for almost six years in order to take our values to Estonia’s Russian community as well,” said Christer Haglund. “Cooperation with the leaders of Narva is very important to us, which is why one of the first things we did in 2021 was congratulate the new Mayor of Narva Katri Raik and tell her about the possible areas of cooperation between the NCM and the city of Narva.”
Finland holds the presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2021. This is why Timo Kantola, the Ambassador of Finland to Estonia, introduced to the Mayor the main points of the programme of the Finnish presidency of 2021, which will help make the Nordic region more environment-friendly, competitive and socially sustainable.
The possible cooperation projects and programmes, which could be organised in the areas of social affairs, education, culture and circular economy in Narva in the near future, were also discussed at the meeting. The inclusion of young people and improvement of the quality of life of the elderly according to the good examples of the Nordic countries was considered particularly important. The Mayor of Narva Katri Raik suggested that meetings between the entrepreneurs of Narva and Nordic experts could be organised in the future to discuss these topics. A more detailed cooperation plan will be agreed in February.