EU-Russia cross-border co-operation in the twenty-first century: Turning marginality into competitive advantage

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This paper aims to examine how Russian north-western regions and municipalities use their marginal/border position as a resource to build a sustainable development strategy. Theoretically, this study is based on the marginality theory which states that border or remotely located subnational units are able to turn their marginality from disadvantage to a resource and transform themselves from depressed and provincial territories to attractive places hosting intense international flows of goods, services, capital, technologies and people. A number of venues for the EU-Russia cross-border co-operation are explored: the European Neighbourhood Instrument, Northern Dimension partnerships, Euroregions and city-twinning. The authors conclude that despite some problems with establishing a proper division of labour between above programmes and project implementation cross-border co-operation proved to be a valuable instrument not only for successful development of the marginal/border actors but also for establishing mutual trust and collaborative relations between Russia and neighbouring EU countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)841-859
Number of pages19
JournalRegional Science Policy and Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2020

Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


  • city-twinning
  • competitive advantage
  • cross-border co-operation
  • EU
  • European neighbourhood instrument
  • Euroregions
  • marginality
  • northern dimension partnerships
  • Russia


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