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Official delegation of Republic of Karelia visited Västerbotten County

7 february 2014

On January, 29-30 2014 official delegation of the Republic of Karelia, led by the head of RK Aleksandr Khudilainen paid an official visit to the Västerbotten county. Meetings and negotiations took place in the County Council of Västerbotten, County Administrative Board of Västerbotten. A bilateral meeting of the regional leaders, namely the Head of the Republic of Karelia and the Governor of Västerbotten resulted in signing a protocol on cooperation between the Republic of Karelia and the Västerbotten County for 2014 - 2020 years.
Visit agenda was prepared with an account for existing joint projects between Karelia and Västerbotten County, such as "Eco-efficient communities",  Swedish partners also suggested other topics for discussion the context of planning future cooperation. Karelian delegation visited Västerbotten County Council, where members of the delegation were introduced to the experience of the regional hospital, recognized in 2013 as the best hospital in Sweden. Hospital activity areas were presented by Silvan Anders, County Council director.
In 2013 Swedish partners prepared a proposal for the introduction of energy-saving technologies in the medical institutions of Karelia. Participants of the meeting at the County Council of Västerbotten were presented the highlights of the future project by Sweco Systems Umeå. Specialists of the County Council property management unit Ulf Widmark and Jakob Odeblad used the examples of several old hospital premises to demonstrate how the old hospital buildings were modernized and which energy-saving technologies were used in the new hospital buildings.
Concluding the visit agenda parties signed the Protocol on Cooperation between the Republic of Karelia and Västerbotten County for 2014 - 2020 years. The protocol was signed by the Head of the Republic of Karelia Aleksandr Khudilainen,  Governor of Västerbotten Magdalena Andersson and Board member of Region Västerbotten Anders Ogren.
During the meeting, in addition to information exchange on the socio-economic situation of the regions, partners discussed the main areas of cooperation in the coming period, in particular, cooperation in energy and communal sector, transportation and infrastructure, twinning relations. Swedish side was invited to consider the possibilities of cooperation in the field of information technologies, which could be supported by interaction between the universities, and in the forestry sector (namely, in the field of wooden construction ), and tourism.
The parties agreed about a return visit of the Governor of Västerbotten to the Republic of Karelia in June 2014.