· As part of the continuing dialogue between the Russian Federation
and the EU within
the framework of the PCA, Kaliningrad oblast presents a challenge for
regional cooperation and development. Kaliningradís capacity to take
advantage of the
opportunities presented by enlargement would require significant internal
e.g. in the field of customs and border controls, fight against organised
corruption, structural reform, public administration and human resources.
· The Copenhagen Conference on the "Northern Dimension and Kaliningrad:
and Regional Integration", held on 17-18 May 2000, provided for a comprehensive,
informal discussion on key issues pertaining to co-operation with Kaliningrad
as part of
the Russian Federation, as well as concrete proposals for the way ahead.
conclusions of the Chair and other contributions presented at the Conference
elements for consideration in further work on the EU Northern Dimension
· An EU study on the prospects of the Kaliningrad oblast, the
support already provided to
the region and the possible steps to further promote co-operation between
the enlarging EU could be considered.