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New historic Norway-Russia border pact in place. Norway and Russia have signed an agreement allowing visa-free movement for citizens of both countries. The accord, signed by both countries’ Foreign Ministers at the Second Ministerial Meeting of the Northern Dimension in Oslo yesterday, is limited to residents living in the area within 30 km from each side of the Russian-Norwegian border. It also includes all inhabitants in the Zapoliarniy and Korzunovo municipalities. “This will ensure visa-free travel for the citizens in the border region and entail huge benefits for the citizens of Sør-Varanger in Norway and Pechenga in Russia,” said Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre in his speech.

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New historic Norway-Russia border pact in place

Published on Wednesday, 3rd November, 2010 at 11:24 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.
Last Updated on 3rd November 2010 at 12:25.

Norway and Russia have signed an agreement allowing visa-free movement for citizens of both countries.

Foreign Ministers Lavrov and Støre
Foreign Ministers Lavrov and Støre
Photo: Norwegian MFA/Flickr


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The accord, signed by both countries’ Foreign Ministers at the Second Ministerial Meeting of the Northern Dimension in Oslo yesterday, is limited to residents living in the area within 30 km from each side of the Russian-Norwegian border. It also includes all inhabitants in the Zapoliarniy and Korzunovo municipalities.

“This will ensure visa-free travel for the citizens in the border region and entail huge benefits for the citizens of Sør-Varanger in Norway and Pechenga in Russia,” said Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre in his speech.

9,000 Norwegians and 45,000 Russians will be able to travel freely with their new local border permits. The deal allows them to spend up to 15 days per visit on foreign territory, but not for work purposes.

Historic

The agreement is the first of its kind between a Schengen country and Russia, and comes under two months after Norway and Russia signed a treaty on maritime delimitation and cooperation in the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean.

Foreign Minister Støre hopes the new deal will give increase possibilities for partnerships between the two countries further.

“This is an excellent example of cross-border cooperation - and of the fundamental changes that have been taking place in this region over the past twenty years. Here we observe a positive spiral, with regional cooperation facilitating bilateral agreements and vice versa,” said Minister Støre.

“There is great potential for further cooperation in areas such as petroleum extraction, energy efficiency and tourism. We also have a lot to gain from intensifying our cooperation on the environment and maritime safety,” he concluded.

Both Minister of Local Government and Regional Development Liv Signe Navarsete and Minister of Justice Knut Storberget were also present at the signing.

The agreement can be found here (external link).



Published on Wednesday, 3rd November, 2010 at 11:24 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.
Last updated on 3rd November 2010 at 12:25.

This post has the following tags: sergei, lavrov, jonas, gahr, stoere, foreign, minister, norway, russia, border, travel, agreement, visa, schengen, liv, signe, navarsete, knut, storberget, northern, dimension, oslo.





  
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