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Municipal cooperation with cities of near and far abroad, regions of Russia

One of the main directions of International and Interregional Relations Department work is to organize municipal cooperation with cities of the near and far abroad and regions of Russia.

Stavropol develops partnership with the following cities:


     Feodosia
The agreement between the Stavropol city administration and Feodosia city administration was signed on November 22, 2002.




Prefecture of the South-Eastern administrative district of the city of Moscow
The agreement between the Prefecture of the South-Eastern administrative district of the city of Moscow and the Stavropol city administration on commercial, economic and socio-cultural cooperation was signed on April 9, 2010.




Makhachkala
The agreement between the Stavropol city administration and the city administration of Makhachkala on commercial-economic and socio-cultural cooperation was signed on January 20, 2011.




Omsk
The agreement on trade-economic, scientific-technical, humanitarian and cultural cooperation between the cities of Stavropol and Omsk was signed on September 21, 2013.




Elista
The agreement between Elista city of the Republic of Kalmykia and Stavropol city of Stavropol Territory on trade-economic cooperation was signed on April 25, 2014.




Vladikavkaz

The agreement between Stavropol city administration and Vladikavkaz city administration of local government on trade-economic and and socio-cultural cooperation was signed on April 8, 2015.


Intermunicipal cooperation of the city of Stavropol is developed. As part of the implementation of the agreement between the Prefecture of the South-Eastern administrative district of the city of Moscow and the Stavropol city administration on commercial, economic and socio-cultural cooperation, as well as for experience exchange of work in the field of urban development visits of official delegations of Stavropol city administration to the city of Moscow were organized.

The Prefecture’s of the South-Eastern administrative district of the city of Moscow experience was studied in the area of city improvement, arrangement of available housing management, roads maintenance and repairs, arrangement of green spaces and flower design, territory’s sanitary cleaning, and housing stock management. As the result of studying experience of the Prefecture of the South-Eastern administrative district of the city of Moscow proposals were put forward for improvement in the field of city economy. The Stavropol city representatives studied the experience of the Centre for Development of Entrepreneurship of the Prefecture of the South-Eastern administrative district on the implementation of the comprehensive programs for small and middle-scale entrepreneurship support. The experience is put into practice within the framework of the municipal program “Development of small and middle-scale entrepreneurship in the city of Stavropol for 2011-2013”.

Representatives of Information Technology Committee of Stavropol city administration got aquatinted with the experience of South-Eastern administrative district on the implementation of administrative reform and development of administrative regulations for the provision of municipal services in electronic form.

According to the invitation of the Prefect of the South-Eastern administrative district of the city of Moscow a visit was organized for the representatives of Stavropol city administration, as well as for the municipal budgetary institution of culture Ensemble “Cossack picket” in order to take part in the celebration of Stavropolskaya street of South-Eastern administrative district of Moscow.

Intermunicipal relations with the capitals of the Russian Federation entities of the North-Caucasian Region are developed. During the Stavropol city official visit to the city of Makhachkala in 2011, an Agreement was signed between the Stavropol city administration and the city administration of Makhachkala on commercial-economic and socio-cultural cooperation. It is aimed at implementation of joint scientific and technical programs, sharing experience in designing and adoption of innovative technologies, arrangement of youth forums dedicated to interethnic relations harmonization.

As it was discussed an Agreement of understanding was signed with a frontier patrol ship "Stavropol" suggesting joint actions in the sphere of the military-patriotic education of youth, military service on board of the best recruits of the city of Stavropol, organization of activities and events to mark the important dates. During the visit protocols of intentions were signed between the administrations of Stavropol and Makhachkala in fighting extremism and terrorism, between cities' mass media, as well as between the Stavropol branch of urban regional organization "Slavic Union Stavropol" and the Commission on the Russian-speaking population in the administration of the city of Makhachkala.

International and interregional relations department worked out a plan of activities on implementation of the Agreement on commercial-economic and socio-cultural cooperation between the Stavropol city administration and the city administration of Makhachkala according to the Stavropol city administration functional and territorial branches’ proposals. Within the Plan implementation the cooperation was developed on social and humanitarian sphere. Representatives of the Health department of Stavropol city administration visited the city of Makhachkala and took part in a conference conference on the implementation of the national project "Health" and got acquainted with the medical institutions work.

Delegation of the Youth department of Stavropol city administration, of the Center of youth initiatives "Tramplin" and the Center for military-patriotic education of young people took part in the Day of Youth in Russia, which took place in Makhachkala, and discussed youth policy .

Representatives of Makhachkala got acquainted with Stavropol experience in the sphere of municipal services in electronic form. There was an exchange of experience in the field of security. Dagestan colleagues got acquainted with the current municipal program “Safe Stavropol”.

Special attention was paid to the discussion of strengthening cultural relations and preservation of peace and ethnic harmony in the North Caucasus. Stavropol city administration with the assistance of the North Caucasus Federal University annually organizes a city scientific and practical conference "Stavropol – a city of interethnic harmony and interfaith dialogue", which is attended by representatives of Diaspora of the Republic of Dagestan in the city of Stavropol. Days of historic and cultural heritage of Dagestan were held in Stavropol. Participation of Makhachkala athletes was organized in the championship of the North Caucasus Federal District and the regional tournament of hand-to-hand fighting. Sports teams of Makhachkala also participated in a number of urban and nationwide football competition held in the city of Stavropol.

The International and interregional relations department staff consulted the Stavropol city administration structural units’ specialists on the issues of establishing intermunicipal cooperation. The oficial delegation of Stavropol city administration visited Moscow in order to study the experience in the social and communal fields. During the official delegation visit to Omsk Stavropol city administration representatives had an opportunity to learn the city conception of small and middle-scale business development and examine the work of enterprises using innovative technologies.

Inter-municipal relations were developed with the cities of Russian regions. There was an exchange of official visits with partner-cities Feodosiya and Omsk. In Omsk the delegation of the city of Stavropol got acquainted with the work of "One stop service", the Center for Entrepreneurship Support and took part in a live program on TV channel "Irtysh" together with the officials of the city. Representatives of Stavropol took part in celebrations of the Days of Feodosiya and Omsk.

In 2013 official delegations of Feodosiya and Omsk visited Stavropol and participated in the celebrations of the Day of Stavropol. In accordance with a prepared business program a representative of the municipality of Omsk was welcomed by the head of the city of Stavropol. During the official meeting there was the signing of the agreement on trade-economic, scientific-technical, humanitarian and cultural cooperation between the cities of Stavropol and Omsk. The development of inter-municipal cooperation was discussed. The representative of the Mayor's Office of Omsk expressed interest in the study of the Stavropol experience in building social facilities on public-private partnerships, establishment of industrial parks, greening and landscaping.

In accordance with the agreement on cooperation between Omsk and Stavropol and the invitation of the mayor of Omsk, Stavropol official delegation visited the partner city in 2014. During the visit, Stavropol delegation members were received by the mayor of Omsk. The heads of the partner city administration departments also took part in the meeting. The prospects of intermunicipal economic cooperation development were discussed. During the visit to Omsk Business Support Center, the parties interchanged the information about the main directions of the partner cities enterprises activities, and also got acquainted with the list of products being manufactured. The peculiarities of innovation technologies application in Stavropol enterprises aroused considerable interest. In the course of the visit special attention was paid to the exchange of small and medium business support experience. The parties came to an accommodation about regular information interchange concerning this sphere. Besides, Stavropol delegation participated in the Day of Omsk celebration events

In 2014 ten official delegations of the sister cities, partner cities of CIS and non-CIS countries and regions of Russia, international and regional associations of municipalities, capital cities of the subjects of the Russia of the North-Caucasus Federal District participated in the celebrations of the 237th anniversary of Stavropol. According to the invitation of the head of Stavropol the reception of representatives of Russian partner cities municipalities (Omsk, Feodosia, Makhachkala) was organized.

The economic cooperation with partner cities also developed. So, Omsk trade and economic mission visited Stavropol. The mission members were entrepreneurs realizing the projects in the sphere of construction materials production and regional retail. The meetings with the representatives of Stavropol business were organized for them, in the course of which the cooperation prospects were discussed. With the help of the Stavropol Territory Chamber of commerce and industry the round table was organized. The agreement on cooperation between the Omsk Business Support Center and Stavropol regional fund of business support was signed.

In the framework of the Days of Brest region economy in Stavropol Territory the reception of the Republic of Belarus official delegation headed by the Deputy Chairman of the Brest regional Executive Committee took place in February 2015 in the Stavropol city administration. During the meeting the socio-economic development of the Brest region and Stavropol, as well as the possibilities of mutually beneficial trade-economic and socio-cultural cooperation were discussed.

For further development of intermunicipal communications with capital cities of North Caucasus federal district the reception of Vladikavkaz official delegation was organized in April 2015 in Stavropol. The head of Stavropol city administration received the delegation led by the head of Vladikavkaz administration. The signing of the agreement between the Stavropol city administration and Vladikavkaz city administration on trade, economic and socio-cultural cooperation involving an exchange of municipalities delegations, establishment of business partnership of business community representatives, experience exchange of work in education, cultures, sport and youth policy took place. The parties discussed priority directions of cooperation between cities, expressed willingness to contribute to the development and strengthening of cooperation. In the framework of the business program, the guests got acquainted with the work of the Situation centre, Public Safety Answering Point and Central Dispatch Service of passenger transport of the city of Stavropol. The main directions of work to maintain security in the city, the activities of " Rescue service", the use of navigation equipment Global Navigation Satellite System/GPS for satellite monitoring of public transport were presented for delegation members.

The delegation visited the Municipal Budgetary Pre-school Educational Institution " Early Childhood Development Center - nursery school No. 15". A tour around the institution, which is a successful example of implementation of the investment project on the basis of partnership between government and business were given for members of the delegation. Guests took part in the meeting on the issues of attracting investments to the municipal infrastructure using mechanisms of public-private partnership and prospects of the development and construction of the city of Stavropol. Members of Vladikavkaz delegation participated in a meeting of "a round table" on improvement and gardening of the city. The matter caused the greatest interest in colleagues from Vladikavkaz as positive experiment of Stavropol administration on urban areas development was confirmed with the diploma of the All-Russian competition winner "The Most Well-planned City (Rural) Settlement of Russia". There were presentations by representatives of the municipal unitary enterprises of the city of Stavropol "Gorzelenstroy" and "Faun" on floral design, landscape design, and organization of the collection and disposal of solid waste, followed by constructive discussion of the problems in this area. In addition, in the framework of the visit was the inspection of road construction sites in the city of Stavropol, in the course of which the new technologies in this industry were presented. During the visit of delegation which took place on the eve of the 70 anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War a visit of a memorial "Eternal glory" and laid flowers and honored memory of the dead were organized.

Participation of the head of Stavropol in meeting of mayors and heads of administrations of the North Caucasus federal district cities was organized, which took place in 2015 in Vladikavkaz. Within the meeting "the round table" on the theme "A role of social actions in development of the cities" was organized. Experience exchange of the best municipal practices that designed to familiarize the advanced technology on the development of urban economy and social sphere took place. The participants visited the facilities of the urban economy and social sphere of Vladikavkaz, laid flowers at the Eternal Flame Memorial Fame. The decision to create the Association of the cities of the North Caucasus Federal district was accepted.

For the purpose of participation in opening ceremony of a stele "The city of military glory" dedicated to giving the capital of the Chechen Republic this honorary title the visit of Stavropol official delegation to the Grozny took place in June, 2015. Head of the Chechen Republic R.Kadyrov, Presidential Envoy in the North Caucasus Federal District S.Melikov, Minister of the Russian Federation for the North Caucasus L.Kuznetsov, veterans of the Great Patriotic War participated in the event. Members of the Stavropol delegation handed a welcome address on behalf of the head of Stavropol city administration. Also during the visit, members of the official delegation met with the leadership of the city's government, discussed the issues of further development of inter-municipal cooperation.

In August, 2015 the Stavropol official delegation visited the Omsk partner-city for participation in the celebrations devoted to the City Day. The Stavropol delegation was accepted by the mayor of Omsk. During the reception, the welcome addresses of the head of Stavropol and discussion of cooperation prospects between the partner cities were took place. During the visit the representatives of the city of Stavropol visited an exhibition of green construction, floriculture and gardening "Flora 2015", celebration the Day of the Omsk sister city - Fuzhou (China), acquainted with the presented works of structural divisions of city administration and various companies in the field of gardening and landscape design. Also members of delegation took part in festive actions: open city festival of brass bands "Fanfare over the Irtysh", a festival of national cultures "Under One Sky ", during which the national folklore, traditions and customs of various diasporas of the city of Omsk were presented.

In accordance with the invitation of the head of Stavropol administration, reception the citizen of Georgia N. Barkalaia was held in Stavropol in 2015 year. She took part in the opening ceremony of the memorial plaque dedicated to her father - the Hero of the Soviet Union V. Petrov and also memorial pylon on the Alley of Stavropol honorary citizens. The citizen of Georgia took part in the reception devoted to celebration of Stavropol Territory Day and the Stavropol Day. The meeting with representatives of Stavropol regional public organization of veterans (pensioners) of war, work, Armed Forces and law enforcement agencies took place.

In the framework of inter-municipal cooperation with cities of the Russia regions, special attention was paid to the reception of Feodosiya and Omsk delegations in the city of Stavropol in September 2015. Representatives of partner cities took part in the solemn reception of the Governor of Stavropol territory V. Vladimirov, as well as in the city events dedicated to celebration of the Day of Stavropol Territory and the City Day of Stavropol. During stay in Stavropol the Omsk delegation met with the heads of Stavropol city administration structural departments. The visit to the municipal unitary enterprise of Stavropol "Gorzelenstroy" became an important event during the visit of partner city representatives. They studied the experience in the field of landscaping, planting service, planting of flower beds. Survey of Stavropol landscaping models took place. The delegation got acquainted with topiary works and vertical gardening. Following the results of meeting the prospects of further experience exchange between the organizations and possible participation of Municipal Unitary Enterprise "Gorzelenstroy" in improvement of Omsk on the eve of its 300 anniversary in 2016 were planned.

In September, 2015 the reception of capital cities of North Caucasus federal district of Russian Federation delegations – Grozny, Magas, Nalchik, Vladikavkaz took place. Representatives of the cities of North Caucasus federal district took part in the solemn reception of the Governor of Stavropol Territory V. Vladimirov, and also in the city events devoted to celebration of the Day of Stavropol Territory and the City Day of Stavropol. The sightseeing tour of Stavropol, visit of the state museum preserve named after G. Prozritelev and G. Prave, art gallery of landscapes of P. Grechishkin were organized for delegations.

In accordance with the invitation of the mayor of Grozny the delegation of Stavropol city administration took part in the solemn events dedicated to the celebration of the City Day of Grozny in October, 2015. During the visit, members of Stavropol delegation discussed prospects of development of intermunicipal cooperation with the city's government, exchanged experience of local governments.

In November, 2015 the meeting of Heihe delegation (China) with the first deputy head of Stavropol city administration was organized. This delegation arrived on a business purpose to the Stavropol territory. Representatives of Stavropol city administration and the Ministry Economic Development of Stavropol territory took part in the meeting.

During the meeting, the Chinese guests were informed about the socio-economic development of Stavropol city. Successful development of cooperation with the sister cities of China in the humanitarian and cultural spheres, interactions of partner educational institutions were noted. The prospects of a possible expansion of business relation were discussed. The Chinese delegation was acquainted with the information about the investment projects of Stavropol city. The head of Heihe delegation, in his response, expressed gratitude for the hospitality and excellent organization of the meeting, as well as hope for further development of economic and cultural relations. The visit of Heihe delegation was covered by local mass media.


In the framework of cooperation with capital cities of the North Caucasus federal district subjects of the Russian Federation the participation in the celebrations of the city of Magas, devoted to the 246 anniversary of unification of Ingushetia with Russia was organized in March, 2016.

During the official meeting the issues of city management were discussed, as well as information on realized investment projects was presented. The welcome address of head of Stavropol city administration was presented to the mayor of Magas during a solemn ceremony.

During stay of guests the opening ceremony of the modern and comfortable passenger shelters unique by unusual design and designed according to the latest standards took place. Experience of high technologies application, solutions of improvement objects problems of urban environment was studied.

The representative of Stavropol took part in a festive event "Ingushetia and Russia are uniform". During the visit issues of further development of inter-municipal cooperation between Stavropol and Magas were discussed.


In April, 2016 the reception of the Vice President of the Austria Federal Economic Chamber Richard Schenz and regional director for foreign economic relations with Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the Austria Federal Economic Chamber Michael Angerer was organized in Stavropol city administration. Representatives of the Austria Federal Economic Chamber came with a visit to the Stavropol Territory the day before and headed the delegation which included representatives of 10 Austrian companies functioning in various industries: hydropower plants and food industry automation,  production of equipment for mini-hydropower plants, design and equipping of health and health tourism facilities, production of equipment for the hotel and catering business and many others.

         The meeting of the Austrian delegation leaders with the first deputy head of Stavropol city administration took place. The meeting was attended by representatives of Stavropol city administration and the Ministry of Economic Development of the Stavropol Territory.

         During the meeting, representatives of the Austrian business community were informed about the socio-economic development of the city of Stavropol, its investment potential. Mutual interest in the development of comprehensive cooperation was expressed. Following the meeting, the possible areas of cooperation between Austrian companies and the city enterprises were outlined.

         The meeting of Stavropol city administration representatives with the Austrian delegation leaders was covered by the local media.


        In the period from September 16 to 18, 2016 a participation of delegations of foreign countries and capital cities of the Russian Federation North Caucasus Federal District in the celebrations dedicated to 239 anniversary of the city of Stavropol was organized.


The meeting of the first deputy head of Stavropol city administration with the adviser for human rights of Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Moscow Mr. Lars Olberg who arrived with a visit to Stavropol Region took place in Stavropol city administration. The attache of the Russian Foreign Ministry Office in Mineralnye Vody and representatives of the Government of Stavropol Region took part in the meeting.

Mr. Lars Olberg is responsible for issues of interaction with Stavropol Region; he arrived with a reference visit. During the meeting in city administration the range of questions, concerning the possible organization of bilateral cooperation was discussed.

The representative of Embassy of Germany in Moscow was informed on the economic and social situation of the city of Stavropol, characterized by development of real sector of economy, implementation of socially important projects.

During the meeting issues of involvement of foreign investors for facilities presentation or investment of finances in the existing projects of Stavropol in the sphere of pharmaceutical and processing industry were discussed. Intentions of establishing of business partner contacts were stated.

Interest in acquaintance with experience of Stavropol city administration on development of humanitarian and cultural cooperation with sister cities of foreign countries, and also national diplomacy among young people was shown. In this regard the prospects of interaction of the student's and studying youth, the organization of mutual exchanges, participation in joint international programs and projects were discussed. The mutual striving for establishment of contacts and development of cross-cultural dialogue was expressed.


Within development of humanitarian and cultural relations with the cities of People's Republic of China and according to the invitation of Shanghai People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries a group of teachers and pupils of lyceum No. 5 of the city of Stavropol took part in the XIII Shanghai International Youth Interactive Friendship Camp.

The forum united participants from 23 countries of the world, gave an opportunity to visit a number of the fact-finding events, cultural training actions, joint master classes. The diverse program contributed to the development of cross-cultural dialogue among the studying youth.

The Stavropol school students participated in an exhibition of national folk arts, presented the creative presentation about Russia, fact-finding video records about the city of Stavropol, music performances at the Friendship concert. Living in families also allowed to get acquainted with modern life of the Chinese peers, traditions and cultural particulars of the country.

Leaders of lyceum No.5 met with representatives of the Shanghai school on foreign language learning, the Shanghai international university of researches and agreed on further development of cross-cultural communications, youth exchanges, planed interaction in the field of education.


According to the invitation of the head of Feodosiya city of the Republic of Crimea the chair of committee on the budget, taxes, financial and credit policy of the Stavropol the partner city was attended in the period from July 28 to July 30, 2017.

During the visit meetings of the representative of the city of Stavropol with the management of the Feodosiya city council and city administration were organized. They discussed issues of further development of partner communications of the cities of Stavropol and Feodosiya concerning exchange of experience in area of social and economic, cultural and humanitarian development of the cities.

A.V.Kocherga participated in the festive events devoted to the celebration of the Day of Feodosiya city and the 200 anniversary since the birth of I.K. Ayvazovsky during which he delivered an address and present a testimonial greeting of the Head of Stavropol city.


According to the Agreement on trade and economic, scientific and technical, humanitarian and cultural cooperation between the cities of Stavropol and Omsk and also the invitation of the mayor of Omsk the chairman of the Stavropol city Duma G.S. Kolyagin visited the partner city in the period from August 04 to August 06, 2017.

During the visit the chairman of the Stavropol city Duma was hosted by the mayor of Omsk. Issues of further expansion of partner communications of Stavropol and Omsk, exchange of experience of work in the field of improvement and sustainable development of the cities were discussed.

The representative of the city of Stavropol participated in the festive events devoted to the celebration of the Day of Omsk city. During the congratulatory performance G.S. Kolyagin handed a testimonial greeting of the Head of Stavropol.

Also for the representative of Stavropol visits to the exhibition of green construction, floriculture and gardening "Flora-2017" and the Festival of national cultures were organized.

In accordance with the invitation of the head of the city of Stavropol an official delegation of the city of Sukhum (the Republic of Abkhazia) was received in Stavropol in the period from September 22 to September 24, 2017.
During the staying of the delegation in Stavropol the issues of development of international and inter-municipal cooperation were discussed.
A meeting with the leadership and representatives of the teaching staff of the municipal budgetary educational institution Stavropol lyceum No. 14 was organized for members of the delegation of the city of Sukhum. During the meeting the issues of organization of the educational and extra-curricular activities of students, the formation of citizenship between students, development of the system of patriotic education of the younger generation were discussed. The sides exchanged an experience in teaching of certain subjects.
The delegation of the city of Sukhum took part in the solemnreception dedicated to the celebration of the Day of Stavropol Territory and the Day of Stavropol.
Members of Sukhum official delegation took part in citywide events dedicated to the celebration of the 240th anniversary of Stavropol and the Day of the Stavropol Territory.
In order to get acquainted with the historical and cultural heritage of Stavropol the visit to the museum-exhibition complex "Russia is my history" was organized for the representatives of the city of Sukhum.

In the period from 22 to 24 September, 2017 the participation of the official delegations of the cities of the Russian Federation in solemn events dedicated to the celebration of the 240th anniversary of Stavropol and the Day of the Stavropol Territory was organized. The celebration was attended by the Head of Russian Cities Union A. Ignatieva, representatives of Rostov-on-Don, Omsk, Tula, delegations of partner-cities Elista, Makhachkala as well as Grozny and Magas.

As part of preparation for the celebration of the 240th anniversary of Stavropol, work on the organization of the exhibition "Development of sister-cities relations in Stavropol", which took place in September-October, 2017 in G.N. Prozritelev and G.K. Prave Stavropol state historical-culture and natural-landscape museum-reserve was carried out. The exhibition included exhibits and documents illustrating the long-term sister-cities relations of Stavropol with the cities of foreign countries: Pazardzhik (Republic of Bulgaria), Bezier (French Republic), Des Moines (USA), Zhenjiang and Changzhou (China), Yerevan (Republic of Armenia), Temuco (Republic of Chile).
The exhibition "Development of sister-cities relations in Stavropol" was visited by more than 2500 people, among them over 1000 people are students. 12 excursions were organized for citizens and visitors of the city of Stavropol.

Stavropol city administration organized an International exhibition of children's drawings "We are children of one planet", dedicated to the 240th anniversary of the city of Stavropol. The students of Stavropol and sister-cities of foreign countries aged 7 to 18 participated in the exhibition.
Creative works of students, performed in various techniques, aroused great interest among the visitors of the exhibition. The works of Chinese participants, in which not only the trends of modern art can be traced, but also the fidelity to the traditions of the national art school were particularly noted.
The jury chose 28 creative works among 200. The winners were awarded diplomas and thanks letters.
The groups of students and teachers of sister-cities Pazardzhik (Republic of Bulgaria) and Zhenjiang (PRC), arrived to Stavropol, visited the International exhibition of children's drawings. During the visits students of sister-cities took part in a "round table" meeting dedicated to the history and activities of Stavropol children's art school, as well as a workshop on creating a school logo.
The exhibition promoted development and popularization of children's artistic creativity, the formation of interest to the culture and traditions of sister-cities of foreign countries, the strengthening of friendly relations among students.


In accordance with the invitation of the mayor of Grozny the visit of the head of the administration of Oktyabrsky district of Stavropol was organized on October 5, 2017.
He participated in the events dedicated to the celebration of the Day of Grozny: laying flowers at the Memorial of Glory, opening a new city square, laying capsules on the construction of the ice arena. In a solemn atmosphere the mayor of Grozny was presented with the congratulatory address of the head of Stavropol.
During the visit the issues of development of inter-municipal cooperation, prospects for further strengthening and expanding cooperation between the cities of Stavropol and Grozny were discussed.
Some of city facilities: the sports and recreation complex «Grozny Sea», flower park «Grozny-City» and the exhibition of the achievements of enterprises of the national economy were visited within the framework of the program. Particular attention was focused on the results achieved in the formation of a modern comfortable environment in mass recreational places.


Within the framework of development of international educational exchanges among young people a group of students and teachers of the municipal budgetary general education institution of the secondary school with in-depth study of the English language No. 1 of Stavropol visited one of the best educational institutions in Slovenia, the Polyany gymnasium in the city of Ljubljana in the period from 13 to 19 November 2017. Six foreign languages are studied in the gymnasium, including Russian.
The visit was organized with the assistance of Stavropol city administration. The main aims were to get acquainted with the system of teaching foreign languages in Europe, improve the knowledge of foreign language through staying in a multi-lingual environment, and establish friendly relations among students.
The meeting was held in a solemn atmosphere, the group from Stavropol was provided with information on the history and achievements of the Polyana gymnasium. Within the intensive program, the teachers and students got acquainted with the organizations of studying in the European school, the methods of teaching of certain subjects. Stavropol students took part in the educational process, visited lessons of foreign languages, mathematics, history and geography as well as made a presentation about the city of Stavropol. A workshop on comparative analysis of Russian and Slavic languages, as well as a discussion lesson based on the methodology of the integrated application of knowledge made a special impression.
A meeting was organized for Stavropol students and teachers at the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Ljubljana (Office of the Rossostrudnichestvo in Slovenia). The Stavropol group was acquainted with international projects, implemented between Russia and Slovenia in the field of culture and education, studying of Russian language. The event took place in a friendly atmosphere and was ended with a presentation-concert about Stavropol.
In order to develop friendly relations between students large attention was paid to acquaintance with public life and interests of foreign peers. Joint participation in extracurricular activities gave an opportunity to get acquainted with folk art, culinary traditions of the visited country. A friendly volleyball match was organized. Communication was in English, it helped Stavropol students to improve their knowledge of foreign language.
Within the extensive sightseeing program the Stavropol group had the opportunity not only to get acquainted with the historical sights and expositions of the museums of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, but also visit other cities – Piran, Bled and Lipitsa – and lay flowers to military memorials dedicated to the heroism of Russian soldiers.
As a result of the visit the sides agreed on further development of international educational exchanges among young people.


In order to further development of public diplomacy among young people as well as increasing the number of educational institutions-partners between Stavropol and cities of foreign countries, work on the organization of mutual exchanges by groups of students and teachers has been continued.
In the period from 05 to 12 March, 2018 a group of students and teachers of the Polyany gymnasium in the city of Ljubljana, headed by the director of the gymnasium visited Stavropol with a return visit. The main purpose of staying is getting acquainted with the teaching system and the basics of the educational process in Stavropol school. The reception was carried out by the pedagogical staff of municipal budgetary general education institution of the secondary school with in-depth study of the English language No. 1 of Stavropol.
The Agreement on the establishment of cooperation between Stavropol secondary school No. 1 and the Polyany gymnasium in the city of Ljubljana was signed during the staying on March 6, 2018.
Within the intensive program of staying Slovenian teachers and students got acquainted with the methods of teaching, visited integrated lessons of Russian and literature, foreign languages, history, physics and astronomy, mathematics, geography and biology.
Participation in extracurricular cultural and sporting events, workshops on folk and applied art, joint performance of national songs and preparing Russian cuisine, familiarity with folk traditions promoted the establishment of friendly contacts among young people, fostering mutual understanding, tolerance, respect for the culture of both countries.
During the educational program a group of students and teachers of the gymnasium "Polyana" got acquainted with the historical sights of Stavropol, visited the museum and exhibition complex "My country. My history", laid flowers to the memorial "The Fire of Eternal Glory". A sightseeing tour to Pyatigorsk with the visit of memorable places connected with the name of the great Russian poet M.Yu. Lermontov, whose works is studied by Slovenians as well as a visit to the Astrophysical Observatory in Arkhyz (the Karachay-Cherkess Republic) were organized.
At the end of the visit a mutual interest in continuing the further cooperation between educational partner organizations was expressed. The visit of students and teachers of the "Polyana" gymnasium of the city of Ljubljana was widely covered by local mass media.


Within of the implementation of the Agreement between Stavropol city administration and Makhachkala city administration on trade-economic and socio-cultural cooperation the reception of delegation of Architecture and Urban Planning department of Makhachkala city administration was organized in Stavropol in the period from 28 to 29 March this year with the purpose of studying the experience of work in the field of urban planning policy.
In accordance with the prepared official program the members of the delegation of the partner-city got acquainted with the information systems of urban-planning activity, land-use recommendations and building of Stavropol. The special attention was paid to development of general lay-out and coordination of architectural appearance of construction objects, the regulatory legal acts of Stavropol in the field of urban development.
During the visit members of the delegation also visited Stavropol projects under construction as well as the museum and exhibition complex "My country. My history".
Following the results of meetings interest in further exchange of experience in the field of urban development was expressed.

An organizational work on participation in the solemn ceremony of laying the small missile ship "Stavropol", which took place on July 12, 2018 in Zelenodolsk  (the Republic of Tatarstan) was conducted.

The solemn ceremony was attended by the deputy head of Stavropol city administration D. Alpatov.


In accordance with the invitation of municipality head of Feodosia city district of the Crimea Republic from 27 to 29, July, 2018, the head of the Stavropol city administration Economic Development Committee visited the partner city.

During the visit, issues of further cooperation between the cities of Stavropol and Feodosia in the field of social and economic development, the main areas of activity of the partner city enterprises were discussed, and issues of the application of innovative technologies were considered. An exchange of work experience in the field of tourism was held, an agreement on a systematic exchange of information in the field of economic development of the cities of Stavropol and Feodosia was reached.


In accordance with the Agreement on trade, economic, scientific, technical, humanitarian and cultural cooperation between the cities of Stavropol and Omsk, as well as the invitation of the mayor of the city of Omsk, during the period from 02 to 04 of August 2018, the visit of the chairman Committee on Budget, Taxes and Financial and Credit Policy of the Stavropol City Duma A.V. Kocherga in the city-partner took place.
During the visit, the representative of the city of Stavropol was received by the mayor of the city of Omsk. Issues of further partnership relations development between Stavropol and Omsk, exchange of experience of local self-government bodies were discussed.
A.V. Kocherga took part in solemn events dedicated to the Day of the Omsk city celebration. During the congratulatory speech, the Chairman of the Committee on Budget, Taxes and Financial and Credit Policy of the Stavropol City Duma presented the welcome address of the Head of Stavropol city.
Participation in the main events of the Day of the Omsk city: a festival of national cultures, city-wide sports events took place. The representative of the city of Stavropol also visited the "Flora-2018" exhibition of green building, floriculture and gardening.

According to invitations of the heads of capital cities of the Russian Federation of the Southern Federal District participation of representatives of the city of Stavropol in the festive events devoted to celebration of Days of the cities of Elista (on September 15, 2018), Krasnodar and Rostov-on-Don (on September 22, 2018) was organized.
During the visits issues of further development of intermunicipal cooperation were discussed. Representatives of the city of Stavropol presented congratulatory addresses of the Head of Stavropol city during the official events.

During the period participation of official delegations of the cities of regions of the Russian Federation in the festive events devoted to the celebration of Day of Stavropol city and Day of Stavropol Krai was organized from September 21 to September 23, 2018. The secretary general of the Euroasian regional office of United Cities and Local Authorities World Organization. R.K. Sagitov, the deputy general director of the Union of the Russian cities S.S. Novikova, the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in the city Mineralnye Vody of S.I. Nyuppa, delegations of the cities of Simferopol, Magas, Cherkessk, Makhachkala, and Vladikavkaz participated in celebration.

A group of students led by the director of the municipal budgetary educational institution of the secondary school with in-depth study of the English language No. 1 of the city of Stavropol visited the Poljane gymnasium of the city of Ljubljana (Republic of Slovenia) in the period from 11 to 18 February, 2019 in order to further development of international educational exchanges between partner schools of Stavropol and cities of foreign countries.
The varied program of stay was prepared for Stavropol group. During the visit teachers had the opportunity to get acquainted with the system of teaching in a foreign school, the latest teaching technologies and share teaching experience.
Stavropol students took part in the educational process, visited the lessons of a foreign language, mathematics, history, geography, chemistry, computer science, and others. A comparative analysis of the cultures, customs and languages of the two countries was carried out at joint workshops, folk traditions were presented. The English debate lesson on the integrated application of knowledge particularly impressed.
During the visit, much attention was paid to the direct communication of young people, the establishment of friendly contacts among peers. Stavropol students took an active part in the extracurricular activities of the gymnasium, presented creative presentations about Russia and Stavropol.
One of the most significant events of the visit was a meeting with the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Slovenia. During the conversation the ethnic, spiritual and cultural closeness of peoples was emphasized as well as necessity for the further development of public diplomacy was expressed.
The visit to the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Ljubljana (Representative Office of Russian Cooperation in Slovenia) left vivid impressions. Stavropol students got acquainted with the activities of the center, international projects implemented between Russia and Slovenia in the field of Russian language, culture and education. In conclusion, the students presented a concert-presentation about Stavropol, where verses and songs about the city were played, Russian folk dances were performed.
As part of an extensive excursion program Stavropol group visited the Parliament of the Republic of Slovenia, the historical sights of the capital and other Slovenian cities, laid flowers to the war memorials.
Participation in international educational visits contributes to the formation of public diplomacy among the youth, the necessity to learn a foreign language as a means of understanding between people from different countries of the world.

In the framework of further development the public diplomacy in the youth environment a group of students and teachers of the gymnasium “Polyana” of the city of Ljubljana (Republic of Slovenia) visited Stavropol in the period from April 13 to 20, 2019.
The teaching staff and students of Stavropol municipal budgetary educational institution secondary school with in-depth study of English № 1 warmly welcomed the representatives of the partner school. During the official meeting the presentations about the city of Stavropol and the Stavropol Territory were made, Russian folk songs and dances were performed. In return, students from Slovenia presented works of famous poets in Russian and Slovenian languages.
A rich educational program of stay was prepared for students of the gymnasium “Polyana”, learning the Russian language. The key event became the participation in the I Russian-Slovenian seminar, which was held in the North Caucasus Federal University. Welcoming the guests, the rector of the NCFU noted that the North Caucasus is unique, because hundreds of different peoples and cultures live here in peace and harmony, and the Russian language and Russian culture act as a mediator in the cultural dialogue. The head of international and interregional relations department of Stavropol city administration informed the participants about the prospects of development the public diplomacy and intercultural dialogue among the youth. The students of the city of Ljubljana got acquainted with the methodology of teaching Russian during the International lesson of the Russian language, together with Stavropol students and foreign students studying in NCFU sang the song “We wish you happiness”, as well as participated in a workshop “History and the culture of the North Caucasus. "
In order to get acquainted with the educational system and educational process in general education institutions visits to Russian and literature lessons, foreign languages, history, biology, physics, mathematics and astronomy were organized for Slovenian students in Stavropol school № 1.
The role-playing simulation game “Stavropol International Junior Model UN” became traditional. Students of partner schools, acting as official representatives of the UN member states, have discussed a wide range of interested issues in Russian and English languages, demonstrating comprehensive erudition.
As part of students patriotic education flowers at the “Fire of Eternal Glory” memorial were laid, visits to the museum and exhibition complex “My Country. My History”, Museum “Patriot” were organized.
Friendly sporting competitions and other extra-curricular activities, which have also contributed to establishing direct contacts among young people and creating respect for the culture of both countries were organized.
As part of the educational program, a group of students and teachers of the gymnasium “Polyana” got acquainted with the sights of the city of Stavropol and the Stavropol Territory, the history and traditions of the region. Slovenian students visited a unique ethnographic complex “Cossack courtyard”, where the original Cossack life and customs are presented, took part in a workshop on cooking Russian national dishes. An excursion tour to Lermontov places in Pyatigorsk as well as visit to the Astrophysical Observatory in the village of Arkhyz (KCR) were organized.
Following the visit, partner schools expressed mutual interest in continuing international academic exchanges.