The department of foreign affairs of Krasnodar administration has got the considerable experience in work with diplomatic departments of foreign countries. The work is directed to decision of protocol and council questions and the development of intermunicipal contacts.
In terms of protocol more than 200 delegations of the foreign embassies and diplomatic representations were received in the city administration for the recent 10 years. Ambassadors of Federal Republic of Germany, the USA, Great Britain, Italy, Kenya, Sweden, France, European Union, Estonia, Turkey, Vietnam, India, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Denmark, P. R. China, Pakistan, Poland, Norway and other.
The Administration of the municipal formation Krasnodar city gained the great experience of holding joint events with foreign diplomatic representations. Some of the events which were successfully held in Krasnodar:
- Denmark Days (1998)
- Great Britain Days (1999)
- Italy Days (2001, 2002 and 2005 (as a specialized workshop)
- Germany Days (2004, 2007, 2009, 2012)
- Reynald-Pfalz Land Days (2005)
- Sweden Days (2000, 2005)
- Austrian Days (2005).
Festival of “Germany Days in Krasnodar” has already become a good tradition. Thus, weeks of German culture with participation of German and Russian officials were conducted in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2012. Economics, building, banking, municipal facilities, municipal transport, medicine, education, culture and sport, all spheres of the modern city life activities were touched upon in the process of “Germany Days” festival. In 2004 and 2009 the festival was participated by Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassadors of Germany in Russia: Doctor Walter Jürgen Schmid and Doctor Hans-Friedrich von Ploetz.
A particular contribution to development of relations between Krasnodar and Germany Embassy in Moscow was made by Ms. Judith Kons, the head of the Department for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (till 2008). Presently the department of foreign affairs and protocol continues to maintain cooperation with representatives of the German Embassy. These include Christian Seebode, the regional plenipotentiary of the German Embassy in Krasnodar Region. Regular business visits in Krasnodar are a good confirmation of strength of Russia-Germany relations at the municipal and regional level. Mr. Seebode participated the Southern Architectural and Construction Forum in Krasnodar (2009), Germany Days (2009) and the City Day (2010).
In the context of sister-cities relations and intermunicipal projects, the department of foreign affairs and protocol cooperates with Chinese Embassy and Bulgarian Embassy in Moscow.
In 2008 Krasnodar city Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain in Moscow started their working relations. Repeated visits of the Embassy representatives and Krasnodar administration heads participation in programmes organized by the Embassy contributes to widening of the Russia-Great Britain relations. At the beginning of 2009 the Great Britain Embassy delegation head by Jonathan Faragher visited Krasnodar and later Mr. Faragher informed British business community of bilateral cooperation capability with Kuban. Karabanova Irina and Julia Mochalova, representatives of commercial department of the Great Britain Embassy in Moscow played an important role in partnership relations establishment.
Working relations with Embassy of Italy in the Russian Federation is established and permanently developed, namely with trade sector of the Embassy. Visits of the Italian business community in Krasnodar make a good opportunity of relations widening in various spheres of activity: economy, consumer goods manufacturing and the furniture trade, tourism and culture.
The department of foreign affairs and protocol regularly keeps contacts with Embassy of Poland in Moscow. The main contact person from the Polish party is Longina Putka, the Polish Embassy Counselor.
Within its competence the department of foreign affairs and protocol establish and maintain relations with all existing consulate-generals and visa application centers of foreign states in the Southern Federal District:
Consulate-general of Turkey in Novorossiysk;
Consulate-general of Greece in Novorossiysk;
Visa application center of Great Britain Embassy in Rostov-on-Don;
Visa application center of Italy Embassy in Krasnodar.
The department of foreign affairs and protocol of Krasnodar city administration cooperates with Representation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in Krasnodar. Bilateral information support is regularly rendered.