|2011-06-30 EU PROPOSES 40 PER CENT RISE IN NEIGHBOURHOOD FUNDING WITH €16.1 BILLION FOR 2014-2020|
total of €16.1 billion will be allocated for the future European
Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI), according to a Communication on the
budget for the next financial framework 2014-2020, adopted by the
European Commission. If adopted, the new funding for the neighbourhood
policy would represent a rise of more than 40%, compared to the €11.4
billion under the current European Neighbourhood and Partnership
Instrument (ENPI), which covers the current financial period 2007-2013.
AIRBALTIC AND BELAVIA RENEW COOPERATIONFrom
July 1st Belarusian airlines “Belavia” restart cooperation with Latvian
airlines company airBaltic within the framework of agreement on joint
Minsk-Riga flight operation.Passengers
will be able to travel between Minsk and Riga on a daily basis. Flight
time is 65 minutes. The minimum fare of one-way Economy Class ticket –
78 EUR (not including airport taxes and fees).Source: Delfi.lv LITHUANIA: AGREEMENT ON SIMPLIFIED BORDER CROSSING WITH BELARUS RATIFIEDOn
June 28th Lithuanian Parliament ratified the agreement on simplified
border crossing between Lithuania and Belarus for border region
residents. The agreement, signed in October 2010 in Minsk, was
previously ratified by Belarus.Local
travel permits for a simplified border crossing are envisaged for
permanent residents of 50 km wide border area who will be planning to
visit the border territory of the neighbouring country due to kindred
relations or economic, trade, cultural and other important reasons.
Special permits will enable the holders to cross the border and stay on
the territory of the neighbouring country up to 90 days, however, not
giving the right to work. It is planned that the fee for a local travel
permit, valid for 5 years, will cost 20 euro.In
Lithuania over 800 000 residents will be able to use such permits, in
Belarus – 600 000, including Grodno and Lida inhabitants who will be
able to visit Vilnius and Druskininkai without visas.Source: SEIMAS SHORT MOVIE COMPETITION FOR YOUTHThe Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation (BSSSC) Working Group on Youth Policy launched a short film competition – “Baltic Sea Region - a good place for living”.This
competition is open to all young people between the ages of 15 and 30
from the Baltic Sea countries – Germany, Denmark, Finland, Sweden,
Norway, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Russia.Deadline for submission: 31 August 2011More information, regulations of the competition and application form can be found HERE
LITHUANIA: VISA FEES MAY BE REDUCED FOR BELARUSIANS
Azubalis, Foreign Minister of Lithuania promises to press for nominal
visa fees for Belarusians, so they could take this advantage already
this summer. Currently Belarusian citizens are charged a 60 euro visa
This message was passed on Monday, a few hours after Lithuanian
Parliament had authorized the Government to set a more flexible visa fee
system. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stresses that the initiatives
on visa facilitation for ordinary Belarusians are aimed at strengthening
civil society of this country.
The amendments to the Law on consular
fees, introduced on June 20th, enable the Government to reduce or even
eliminate visa fees not only as parity, but also if necessary to achieve
external policy and national security objectives.
previously acting laws, Lithuanian government was able to eliminate a
national visa fee of 60 euro only in case the same measures would have
been adopted by the Belarusian authorities.
NEOPHOTOGRAPHICS EXHIBITION OPENS IN MINSK
Exhibition “Vilnius. Dreams” by Vitalii Rakovich opens in café “Loft”
(P. Brovki str. 22) on June 23rd at 19:00. The author explains
neophotographics as images captured by means of a photo camera and
author’s imagination. At the exhibition, you will be able to meet
Vitalii Rakovich, watch slide films and enjoy a small concert. The event
presenter is Artur Gapanovich.
EUROPEAN CLASSICS FILM FESTIVAL
cinema hall “Pobeda” will open a festival of European films “Golden
10+” on Tuesday, June 14th at 18:30. From June 14th to 19th, the
festival will run with free screenings of classic European films of the
2nd half of the 20th century. The festival is organized by EU Delegation
to Belarus with support of the embassies of EU countries in Belarus and
the Ministry of Culture of Belarus.
guest of the festival will be a Belorussian movie “The Wild Hunt of King
Stakh” of 1979 based on the eponymously named classic book by Vladimir
Film screenings are devoted to the Day of Europe, which is celebrated in the European Union on May 9th.
Contact telephones: +375 (17) 3286613 (EU Delegation to Belarus), +375 (17) 2037766 (cinema hall "Pobeda")
MONUMENT TO LITHUANIAN KING MINDAUGAS WILL BE INSTALLED IN AGLONA
The monument is planned to be installed in 2013 – to Mindaugas 750th anniversary of death – on the territory of Aglona basilica.
of the idea’s initiators of monument installation in Aglona, Professor
of Latvian Academy of Arts Osvalds Zvejsalnieks stressed that marking
Mindaugas tombs in Aglona and capturing memory of his wife Queen Marta
will be an international event, the monument will become a reminder of
the historic unity of Baltic people.
new heritage object will be created in Aglona for the benefit of both
the residents of the county as well as for the guests of Aglona. The
installation of the monument could also boost the relations of
“SLAVYANSKY BAZAAR IN VITEBSK 2011” TAKES PLACE ON JULY 8-14
The 20th International Festival of Arts “Slavyansky bazaar in Vitebsk” will take place on July 8-14, 2011.
of the anniversary festival is expected to be marked with performances
of Nikolai Baskov, art-group Turetsky choir and “Soprano 10”, Alexandr
Rozenbaum, Ballet of Boris Eifman. The concert’s main attraction will be
“Space” and Didier Marouani performance backed up by a laser show.
Day of Belarus held during the festival will become the first
exhibition of the Republic’s achievements in various fields: science,
engineering, industry and, surely, culture. National Academic Yanka
Kupala Theatre will stage “Pinsk szlachta”; exhibition halls will
display the pictures of Belarusian artists who have participated in the
campaign "Land under white wings”. On the Day of Russian Culture, State
Academic Russian Folk Choir after Pyatnitsky, which celebrates 100 years
anniversary in 2011, will make a performance. On the Day of Common
State, the group “Syabry” will perform at the stage of the Summer
The festival will host the International Pop Song
Performers Contest. The festival programme also includes 25 solo
concerts of popular Russian pop artists: Valeriy Meladze, Avraam Russo,
Alexander Rosenbaum, Turetsky Choir, "Mummy Troll" etc.
the festival Vitebsk will as well host International Investment Forum,
Republican fair "Small Business in Festival Vitebsk", Folks Craft Fair
"Town of Craftsmen". In total, over 70 entertainments will take place
during the festival days.
LATVIA, LITHUANIA, BELARUS: READINESS TO START LOCAL BORDER TRAFFIC
Belarusian side will be technically ready to start local border traffic
with Lithuania and Latvia after 1st of July. The local border traffic
shall actually start functioning within 30 days after the MFAs exchange
notes on the completion of national procedures for the respective
agreements to come into force. Local border-crossing will be primarily
introduced with Lithuania and Latvia.
local border traffic should also guarantee secure borders. In
particular, it concerns simplified border-crossing points whose staff
will be limited to border guards. Therefore, border-crossing points’
personnel and border control system equipment should be reinforced.
beyond the border area, outlined in the intergovernmental agreement,
shall bring sanctions, including refusal to obtain a visa in future.
More information: TUT.BY