The County Governors of Nordland and Troms Counties, Odd Eriksen and Pia Svendsgaard of the Labour Party, will not let the Socialist party stand in the way for a Government decision on Lofoten and Vesterålen oil exploration.
OSLO: The delimitation of the Barents Sea is a big event not only in Russian-Norwegian relations, but good also for all of Europe, President Dmitry Medvedev said today. He also highlighted the importance of the Barents Euro-Arctic Cooperation in High North relations.
In less than two months, the Russian municipality of Pechenga, located on the border to Norway and Finland, has lost two mayors under tragic circumstances. The municipality is now likely to abolish direct mayoral elections and instead adopt a system of appointed “town managers”.
The finalization of the last unresolved dispute between Norway and Russia seems to have created an atmosphere of renewed possibilities for business investments across borders in the Barents Region. The Norwegian days in Arkhangelsk last week was a strong demonstration of this.
We want to go as far as possible without being a member of the European Union, Russia’s Deputy Minister for Economic Development Oleg Fomichev says, adding that the introduction of visa-free travelling is an important first step.