FNI Report 05/2011. Lysaker, FNI, 2011, 33 p. In Norwegian.
This evaluation report summarizes findings and provides recommendations for future co-operation between The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) and the Federation of Independent Russian Trade Unions (FNPR). The projects have been supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1992. Throughout the evaluation period (2001-2010), LO has received approximately 215 000 Euro from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The cooperation between Norwegian and Russian trade unions is based on a principle of equality and a Norwegian wish to contribute to the readjustment among Russian trade unions navigating in a market economy. Approximately 200 different seminars and projects focusing on a broad range of issues, such as gender equality, social partnership and member recruitment have been carried out.
Mechanisms to ensure that lessons learned at the seminars are integrated into regular work have not been sufficiently developed. It is recommended that the co-operation maintains focus on the trade union movement in the Barents region; that projects are developed with long term goals in mind; and that lessons learned are integrated into regular work to a greater degree on the Russian side.