Rus News Journal

The official of plenipotentiary representation has supported cleanliness of communications

Yesterday in Rostov-on-Don has begun scientifically - the practical seminar organised MGIMO and the Russian association of the international researches. Within two days scientists and officials on an example of the Rostov region are going to investigate problems of the international cooperation of subjects of the Russian Federation. In the first put a seminar dispute has inflamed, whether to allow to enter in general to regions the international relations.
opening a seminar, the deputy minister of economy, trade, international and foreign economic relations of the Rostov region Valery Evteev has informed that the problem of the international activity in the Don region practically does not exist. The area actively co-operates with the countries both near, and the far abroad in all possible directions: from search of investors before development of a cultural contact. Mister Evteev has informed gathered that in Rostov-on-Don openly representation the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, consulate general of Ukraine, and till the end of 2003 the diplomatic representative offices will be opened also by Armenia and Bulgaria. Besides, according to Valery Evteeva, cities of the Rostov region actively develop pobratimskie communications with cities of Germany, Italy, Scotland and etc. One more direction of the international activity of region is cooperation with foreign public organisations. So, experts TASIS are engaged in reform of agricultural relations in the Rostov region, and on IBRD credit reconstruction of socially significant objects was spent. All it, according to the deputy minister, has led to that in 2002 the foreign trade turnover of the Rostov region has reached a record point in $1,771 billion Thus an export share in this volume makes $1,088 mlrd, import - $683 million

the Kind report of the Rostov deputy minister was spoilt by the head of department on interaction with executive power of the device of the plenipotentiary in Southern federal district Yury Shestakov. Having noticed that is not the expert in discussed questions, and plentifully quoting the Russian president, the official of plenipotentiary representation has declared that to it it is not clear, in what limits regions can be engaged in external relations and as though organise control over their this activity. Having passed to allegories, Yury Shestakov has compared the international activity of regions with a gate to an external world also has noticed that still it is not known, in whose advantage this gate will work . Having reminded that the separatism problem still definitively is not solved, Yury Shestakov has asked scientists from MGIMO to develop concrete recommendations about the organisation of control over subjects of federation.

without addressing the report to someone concrete, professor MGIMO Irina Busygin has started to explain gathered, than to a regionalism the new approach differs from the old. As she said, the old approach has been based on a principle bipoljarnosti the world community, existence of two systems closed from each other, therefore and to regions access to an external world has been closed. The new approach differs that in it a major principle is the openness, to regions advise, let even risking to lose some originality, to be integrated into world processes, reception of dividends in the form of investments in this case is possible and etc. At the same time Irina Busygin has noted some non-uniformity of involving of the Russian regions in the international cooperation. As she said, external relations are too a resource, and its unequal distribution between subjects of federation can lead to adverse consequences.

Further away in the performance the research assistant of Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences Nikolay Kaveshnikov has come. He has noticed that participation of regions in international contacts - an objective tendency, even the unitary European states recognise it and give to provinces of more freedom. And in federal Russia, on the contrary, this independence is constantly limited. It begins with not clear right status of the international agreements of regions, and comes to an end with long terms of their coordination at federal level and intervention of the Russian Federation in the competence of the subjects at the conclusion of the international contracts. According to Nikolay Kaveshnikova, federal authorities need to concern more attentively the account of opinion of regions at carrying out of a nation-wide world policy.

ALEXEY PAVLOVSK