LOCAL COLLABORATION BETWEEN MUNICIPALITIES AND COUNTIES OF WARMIA AND MAZURY VOIVODESHIP AND KALININGRAD OBLAST OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION
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The paper presents the diagnosis of foreign collaboration of Warmia and Mazury voivodeship with the Kaliningrad Oblast of the Russian Federation. The studies were carried out during the period of April - June 2006. During the period covered, 40% of municipalities and over 70% of counties had collaboration with foreign partners established. The estimates showed that only 33% of municipalities and 66% of counties were involved in active collaboration with the Kaliningrad Oblast of the Russian Federation. The municipalities and counties noticed the benefits of collaboration, in the order of priority, in the areas of: culture, tourism, education, economy, border crossings, environment protection and territorial government. The administrative units mentioned also supported local entrepreneurs (organized exhibitions, joint trips) and diverse entities (schools, museums, houses of culture) searching for opportunities of collaboration with the Oblast. Initiatives concerning joint preparation of projects involving the use of European Union funds were also supported.
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