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The ceremony devoted to nominating the republic the European Region of the Year 2003 was held in the Government of Karelia

Karelia is nominated the European Region of the Year 2003. From left to right: the President of the European Region of the Year Organisation Xavier Tudela, the Head of Karelia Sergey Katanandov, the representative of administration of the Balearic Islands Bartolomeu Llinas Ferra

Karelia is nominated the European Region of the Year 2003. From left to right: the President of the European Region of the Year Organisation Xavier Tudela, the Head of Karelia Sergey Katanandov, the representative of administration of the Balearic Islands Bartolomeu Llinas Ferra

PETROZAVODSK. /Correspondent of SPB-TASS Vladimir Zlobin/. The solemn ceremony devoted to nominating Karelia the European Region of the Year 2003 was held in the Government of the republic. The President of the European Region of the Year Organisation Xavier Tudela, the Head of Karelia Sergey Katanandov, representatives of administration of the Balearic Islands /Spain/, the second honorary title nominee, took part in it.

"The choice of the jury that has determined our two European regions took into account both available achievements in the international cooperation and popularity in Europe, - the head of Karelia has told in his statement on the ceremony. It is also the beginning of experiment on popularization of regions and increase of their role in European affairs that will allow to make processes of integration in Europe more democratic." According to Sergey Katanandov, nomination of Karelia is the fact of recognition of fruitful international activity of the republic by the Commission of European communities, Europarliament and the Council of Europe.

Speaking at the ceremony Xavier Tudela has noted, that "for the first time in history regions of 44 European countries have received stimulus for development, which undoubtedly promotes global recognition of the fact of regional nature of our continent. The purpose of the project is stimulation of the named regions in social, cultural, economic, and tourist aspects."

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