Cooperation between the Ministry of Transport and Communications and Russia

The following aims have been set out for the cooperation between the Ministry of Transport and Communications and Russia:

  • In developing the transport and communications sector a constructive and open approach is used in bilateral relations with Russia.
  • The possibilities of Finnish businesses to operate in the Russian markets are good and sufficiently equal.
  • In meeting the obligations laid down by EU legislation Finland can set an example in the relations between Russia and the European Union.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications cooperates with Russia both bilaterally and together with the EU. Finnish and Russian ministers responsible for transport and communications matters meet every year.

Finland's objective is to maintain good and open bilateral relations with Russia in the field of transport and communications.

In the transport sector, cooperation between the countries is based on treaties and conventions that have been renewed and updated to ensure as equal market opportunities as possible for operators of both countries.

Primary partners in Russia include the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Communications and Information, and their subordinate federal authorities such as the Highway Agency, Air Transport Agency, Agency for Maritime and River Transport, Railway Transport Agency, and regional administrations. Partners in the railways sector also include the Russian Railways.

Cooperation in the communications sector is primarily based on business-to-business relations but the state also has its own role to play. In the communications sector, an important area of cooperation is frequency coordination and supervision in the border areas.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications is active in the Finnish-Russian Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation. The Commission has a working group on transport, founded in 1995, and a working group on communications and information technology, founded in 2009.

In the transport sector there are also treaty-based cooperation bodies, such as joint commissions for road and maritime transport, negotiation bodies for aviation and railways, and a working group on improving transport infrastructure at the border-crossing stations.

A cooperation programme between the EU and Russia and Norway, Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics, NDPTL, improves transport and logistics connections in Northern Europe through EU funding programmes.

Cooperation in the northern areas also takes place within the Barents Euro-Arctic Transport Area. The goal is to develop transport routes in the Barents Region on the basis of a joint strategic view agreed with the neighbouring countries.