Project 2010-021-SE396 “Improving Social Services”
South-East Finland – Russia European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument 2007-2013
This Programme is co-funded by the European Union, the Russian federation and the Republic of Finland
In previous years cross-border cooperation between Finland and Russian has been flourishing and developing. In 2009 the number of arrivals of Russians to Finland topped 457 000 people. About 50 000 Russian-speaking people live in Finland permanently, and over 100 000 of Russian citizens work or study there. Finnish citizen also like to visit St. Petersburg; this region is attractive for Finnish businessmen as well.
However, both Russian and Finnish citizens frequently do not feel themselves safe and free due to differences in legal formalities, documentation flow, etc.: people often misinterpret laws and regulations of another country, which lead to curious incidents and misfortunes. Russian and Finnish authorities responsible for support of foreigners have a lack of tools to support Finnish foreigners in Russia and Russian foreigners in Finland. Only general purpose formal procedures for all kind foreigners exist.
At the moment there are only unsystematic information sources about social services and formal procedures in the neighboring country. Also systematical approach to governmental social service access organization is highly demanded in Russia, and in St. Petersburg in particular, therefore, creation of relevant approaches and software tools has been included in St. Petersburg government plans.
Non-Commercial Partnership North-West Funding Service Centre (FSC), Russian Federation St Petersburg, www.fsc.net.ru
– Saint-Petersburg State University (SPbSU), Russian Federation St.Petersburg, http://www.spbu.ru/
– Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), Finland, http://www.lut.fi/
– Saint-Petersburg State Polytechnical University (SPbSPU), Russian Federation St. Petersburg, http://www.spbstu.ru/
– Committee on Informatization and Communications, St. Petersburg City Administration (ICT Comm), Russian Federation St. Petersburg, http://gov.spb.ru/gov/admin/otrasl/c_information/
– State Unitary Enterprise “St. Petersburg Informational and Analytical Centre” (SPb IAC), Russian Federation St. Petersburg, http://iac.spb.ru/
– Association of Centers for Engineering and Automation (ACEA), Russian Federation St. Petersburg, http://www.acea.spb.ru/
– City of Imatra, Finland, http://www.imatra.fi/
– Saint-Petersburg Committee on Cooperation with Executive Bodies of State Power and Interaction with Russian Federation St. Petersburg, http://www.kvs.spb.ru/