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On November 12, 2020, the VIII annual meeting of The international expert Council for cooperation in the Arctic (IECCA) was held in an online format. The topic of the meeting: “Science, Education and Human Resources Development for Arctic Projects Implementation". Russian and foreign experts, representatives of business and government involved in the development of the Arctic made presentations at the plenary session. The main topics of the meeting were the specifics of training personnel for the Arctic and forms of international cooperation in this area.

Rosgeologia plans to continue drilling stratigraphic wells in the Laptev Sea for Rosneft next year after it first conducted such drilling in the Kara Sea this year, Boris Shumsky, director of the holding for offshore projects, told reporters.
Rosneft has drilled shallow stratigraphic wells in the north of the Kara Sea for the first time in the history of Arctic exploration. The project started in October. Its main task is to take a core sample for the subsequent acquisition of data on the geological structure and oil and gas potential of the North Kara basin. The drilling of stratigraphic wells as part of the Rosneft scientific expedition was carried out by the Rosgeologia vessel "Bavenit".
"The vessel can perform drilling operations at a water depth of up to one kilometer and drill wells to a depth of 500 meters. Actually, plans for 2021 already provide for deeper wells in the Laptev Sea. Our task is to drill wells up to 200 meters deep," - said Shumsky.
Director of the Department of Scientific and Technological Development and Innovations of Rosneft Alexander Pashali, in turn, noted that 10 wells were drilled in the Kara Sea as part of a scientific expedition and 6.5 tons of core were taken, which was sent to Innopraktika for further study. "These works, carried out this year, have shown their effectiveness. We expect to continue them next year in the eastern region of the Arctic and hope for the same successful implementation and great data from a scientific point of view," he said.

In the program of the chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2021–2023, Russia will use an inclusive approach to managing the Arctic region, said Nikolai Korchunov, Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry for International Cooperation in the Arctic, senior official in the Arctic Council.
“For its chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the Russian Federation will rely on a strong foundation of Arctic cooperation. The presidency program is still being prepared. Russia, as the largest Arctic country, lays in its foundation the logic of a comprehensive, inclusive approach to ensuring responsible governance of the Arctic region. At its basis, we are just laying the concept of sustainable development, which implies a harmonious combination of three components - social, economic and environmental, ”said Korchunov during the International Forum“ Days of the Arctic and Antarctic in Moscow ”.
He also added that biosafety issues will also be in the focus of Russia.
“During its chairmanship in the Arctic Council, Russia will support projects to reduce emissions, solve the problem of eliminating the consequences of accumulated environmental damage to the region,” he said.
Alexander Krutikov, First Deputy Head of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East, also expressed interest in resolving issues related to the consequences of climate change.
“Within the framework of the upcoming chairmanship, among the most important issues, we will jointly consider common challenges and, above all, the challenge associated with climate change. <...> This is a global challenge, the consequences of which can be minimized by the entire Arctic community. The climate agenda will be one of the key ones, and we intend to propose new formats of cooperation within the chairmanship, ”Krutikov said.
Korchunov also explained that Russia wants the Arctic to become a truly attractive region for investors. He noted that interaction of the members of the Arctic Council in the field of science is also necessary.

Deputies of the Arkhangelsk regional Assembly adopted the regional law on regional benefits for residents of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation in two readings on Wednesday, said Viktor Ikonnikov, Deputy Chairman of the government of the Arkhangelsk region for project activities.
In the Arkhangelsk region, nine municipalities belong to the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation: Arkhangelsk, Novodvinsk, Severodvinsk, Onega, Primorsky, Leshukonsky, Mezensky, Pinezhsky districts and Novaya Zemlya.
"Today the decision was made in two readings. At the regional level, income tax benefits will be provided: for the first five years from the date of receipt of the first profit, the rate will be 5%, and for the next five years-10%. For property tax, the first five years 0.1%, the next five years 1.1%, " said Ikonnikov.
In addition, within five years, when applying the simplified tax system, rates will be at the minimum level that the Tax code of the Russian Federation currently allows. "This is 1% for the object of taxation of income and 5% for the object of taxation of income minus expenses," the source added.
The Deputy Chairman of the regional government noted that Federal benefits for residents of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation can be applied only if the region establishes its own preferences for investors. "The Federal component of 3% in the income tax is reset to zero, but it only works if the region has made a decision on its benefits. It doesn't matter what, but that the benefits are accepted," he said.
Ikonnikov noted that now there is even competition between the Arctic regions to attract investors who are looking at both local preferences for residents and the opportunities of the subject of the Federation. "We looked at what decisions other regions make," he explained. - For example, the company decided where to register the business, in the Arkhangelsk region or not. And at first they planned not in the Arkhangelsk region, because at the first stage of development, the main contracts, the main work will be outside of our region. We showed the draft law that was formed by the regional government that the benefits are better than in the region where they planned. This, in our opinion, also influenced the decision to register and conduct business in the Arkhangelsk region."
As explained by the Agency's interlocutor, we are talking about the company "Arctic invest Stroy", the volume of investment is planned to be 717 million rubles, 108 jobs will be created. "This is a transport project that will work throughout the Russian Arctic," he added. - This is a good project for the Arkhangelsk region: more than a hundred jobs. The company will provide transportation services in the Russian Arctic for the development of oil and gas projects in the first place. Perhaps further plans will be adjusted and there will be other orders."
According to Ikonnikov, the advantage of the Arkhangelsk region is that a fairly large part of the region's territory is assigned to the Arctic zone, while a significant part of the population lives in the Arctic municipalities and most large industrial enterprises are located. "This is a good incentive for the emergence of new projects and existing enterprises, and the arrival of new business here," he said.

In December, Arkhangelsk will open a modern multifunctional interactive platform for those who want to get to know the Arctic better. The creation of a single environmental-educational and educational platform on the basis of the national Park "Russian Arctic" was supported by the Governor of the Arkhangelsk region Alexander Tsybulsky.
"With the help of the latest technologies in the visitor center, you can literally feel the icy breath of the North: see a polar bear, imagine the size of a narwhal's horn, and get acquainted with the life of polar explorers," said Alexander Kirilov, Director of the Russian Arctic national Park.
The total area of the Arctic Embassy visitor center will be 700 square meters. it will be located in the building of the Northern shipping company on the embankment of the Severnaya Dvina river and will become one of the business cards of Arkhangelsk.
"It was important for us to find a place that reflects the spirit of sea expeditions and work in the harsh conditions of the Arctic. The building of the shipping company perfectly reflects this idea. The proximity to the administrative center of the city, convenient transport interchange and spacious rooms are convenient for visiting the visit center and the Museum of the national Park, " the head of the national Park explained.
All furniture and accessories for the business center will be made to order-they will reflect the specifics of the Arctic protected area.