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18.04.2001 - ITAR-TASS Informs:

New Project with Finland

PETROZAVODSK, April 18 /The ITAR-TASS corr. Vladimir Zlobin/. New trends of cross-border cooperation of Finland and the Republic of Karelia will be discussed by the government representatives of both countries at the International workshop held April 18-19 in Kostomuksha (the Republic of Karelia). As Valery Shlyamin, minister of foreign relations of the Republic of Karelia, told the ITAR-TASS correspondent, they are going to discuss a new complex project "Euroregion 'Karelia". He believes that the accomplishment of the project will allow to overcome the differences of the level of life in adjacent regions. The result might be achieved by attracting foreign tourists to the cross-border zone. If the republic manage to host at least 10% of the number of European tourists, visiting Eastern Finland (about 1,5 mln annually), it will result in 2-3 thousand new jobs with good salaries.

Freedom of Information was Discussed by Journalists of North-West of Russia in Petrozavodsk

PETROZAVODSK, April 18 /The ITAR-TASS corr. Vladimir Zlobin/. Participants of the sitting of Association of mass-media of northern-western region RF held April18-19 in Petrozavodsk discussed another crisis in mass-media. Chief editors from St.Petersburg, Archangelsk, Vologda, Murmansk, Novgorod took part in it.

"First of all we discussed newspaper proces," Ivan Bents, co-chairman of the board of directors of Association said to the ITAR-TASS correspondent. "At present its cost makes 50% of the total cost of publishing. This is a dangerous trend."

As he put it, the goal of the journalists' meeting was to figure out the reasons. Within the frames of the project "Business Choice of Press", they have visited pulp and paper mill in Kondopoga - one of the largest producers of newspaper in the country. They discussed with the lead people of the mill economic factors influencing the price increase and the problems the mill faces. The journalists are ready to give the mill informational support in solving the problems.

The talk about the governmental policy in mass-media was continued in the Government of the Republic of Karelia. The journalists met with Sergey Katanandov, the Head of the Government of the Republic of Karelia, Member of the State Council RF Presidium. They came to a unanmous conclusion that people in Russia don't enjoy the freedom of speech. Very often it exists only in words and declarations, and it doesn't confirmed by the appropriate economic base. Last updated: 19 April 2001

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