MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The meeting of the politicians took place on the sidelines of the 33rd plenary session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe (CLRA).
“The Congress is a very important platform for us as it is depoliticized. This is a good platform for dialogue and the discussion of regional matters by Council of Europe member states,” Alexander Drozdenko said.
He said that cooperation with Europe boosts investment in the Leningrad Region.
“In 2016, investment in the Leningrad Region increased, overall, by 12.5 percent. And over eight months of this year, investment, half of it foreign investment, grew by 20 percent. For example, today, thanks to Norwegian technologies, we rank third in trout production, though we have never been a fishing region before,” Mr. Drozdenko said.