NORRUSS: call for proposals autumn 2015

NORRUSS announces a joint call with the Russian Foundation for Basic Research for researcher projects targeting specific challenges for the petroleum sector in the Barents Sea. Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals is NOK 10 million to the Norwegian partners, who apply to the Research Council of Norway (RCN) and RUB 75 000 000 to the Russian partners, who apply to the Russian Foundation for Basic Research – for cooperation in the same project. Application deadline is 09.09.2015 13:00 CET.

NORRUSS allocates also NOK 20 million to new research and innovation in the High North and NORRUSS invites companies and organization to submit projects for proposals for increased competitiveness and innovation in the north. There is also a call for proposals for research projects on Russian Arctic Policy. Application deadline is 25.11.2015 13:00 CET.

Read more and apply on RCN's website.

NRCC takes part in Aqua Nor 2015 exhibition in Trondheim

Aqua Nor has been an important international venue for the aquaculture industry through a period of over 30 years. All the major aquaculture countries were represented by a record breaking 500 exhibitors, 21.000 visitors from 74 countries, and official delegations from; UAE, Canada, India, Malaysia, Poland, Chile, Brasil, Indonesia, Spain and South Africa - all headed by Minister level coordinated through the Ministry of Trade and Fisheries.

Matchmaking B2B Norway-Russia Program manager Hans Olav Rekdal from the NRCC visited the Aqua Nor exhibition in Trondheim this week, and reports about very busy days meeting long-term partners from aquaculture industry and making new contacts. New products, services, research and development projects for the industry were introduced to participants. 

The aquaculture industry has experienced a significant progress for several years, both in Russia and Norway, which opens new opportunities for cooperation between the two countries. 

NRCC & INSOK Russia Seminar in Stavanger: “Still business opportunities for Norwegian enterprises in the Russian Oil & Gas market”, 13 October 2015

Norwegian-Russian Chamber of Commerce (NRCC) has the pleasure of inviting you to take part in Russia seminar in Stavanger, organized by the NRCC in cooperation with our member company INTSOK, Stavanger. Participation is free of charge.
Date : Tuesday, 13 October 2015
Time : 09hrs30 – 15hrs40.
Place : Måltidets Hus, iPark, Prof. Olav Hanssens vei 7A, N-4021 Stavanger
Registration deadline : Wednesday, 30 September 2015
We look forward to your participation!
The NRCC administration.

Article in Sør-Varanger Avis with reference to press release from Norwegian-Russian Chamber of Commerce

Sør-Varanger Avis has recently published an article discussing Norwegian-Russian trade after restrictions implemented in 2014. Norwegian seafood export to Russia has decreased dramatically, but according to Svein Ruud from Norway King Crab, Sør-Varanger's largest seafood exporter, there are other, perhaps better markets. 

"Norsk eksport av sjømat til Russland har stupt. Men for Sør-Varangers største sjømateksportør finnes det andre, og kanskje bedre markeder."

Read full article in Norwegian from Sør-Varanger Avis


Russian Prime Minister signs decree to extend list of countries that fall under counter-sanctions

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree that extends the list of countries that fall under Russian counter-sanctions. The official statement was made at a Cabinet meeting on 13 August, as Russian news agency TASS has reported. The list now includes Albania, Montenegro, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as Ukraine, under special conditions. 

"Now in addition to the European Union countries, Australia, Canada, Norway and the United States, that saw a ban on export of some agricultural products last August, we've added a number of countries - Albania, Montenegro, Iceland and Liechtenstein, and Ukraine under special conditions," the Russian prime minister said, recalling that these states have joined the earlier decision on the extension of the EU sanctions against Russia. 

"Their argument for making that decision of joining the EU sanctions against Russia is that they are obliged to enter into a number of agreements with the European Union. But this position is only partially fair," Medvedev said. "I want to stress that a number of countries have similar agreement with the EU, but are not participating in sanctions against Russia. So, joining the sanction is a conscious choice, which means that they are ready to counter-sanctions on our part, which is what has been done," Medvedev said.

Read full article in English on the TASS website


Matchmaking program Business to Business, Norway-Russia: full speed - new possibilities

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

MMP deltaker
Please see below a recent feedback received from one of the Match-Making Programme B2B Norway-Russia participants in 2015 - Bengt M. Tovslid, Head of Sales and Co-owner, Bergknapp AS:

"Company Bergknapp AS is a producer and provider of so-called “green roofs” in the Norwegian market. Since the establishment in 2009, we have built up a production facility of about 80.000 sqm, located at Jæren in Rogaland. We focus on thin green roofs, also called sedum roofs. In order to produce sedum roofs we buy components abroad, therefore we need to have partners with stable and secure deliveries of such components.

"RIA Novosti": The value of Norwegian export to Russia has decreased by 78% in the first half-year of 2015

With reference to newly issued press release and statistics report from the Norwegian-Russian Chamber of Commerce, Russian news agency "RIA Novosti" has published an article in Russian language regarding decrease of the Norwegian export to Russia in the first half-year of 2015, comparing to the same period in 2014. 

Read full article in Russian on the RIA Novosti website



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