2011-09-30 VIDEO ON EASTERN PARTNERSHIP
On the occasion of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Warsaw, the ENPI Info Centre has produced a brief (2.55 minute) videoclip outlining thethematic priorities of its Eastern Partnership with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, as a specific dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).
The footage for this video clip comes from existing material produced by the EU and EU-funded projects, and also available on the ENPI Tube Channel.
This video is part a series of thematic clips to be produced by the EU-funded ENPI Info Centre on the Partnership with the South and the East. The ENPI Info Centre has also produced an information pack on the Eastern Partnership, available in English and in Russian.
Source: ENPI info
2011-09-16 NEIGHBOURHOOD JOURNALISM PROJECT TO TAKE 25 REPORTERS TO THE EASTERN PARTNERSHIP SUMMIT
What does the future hold for trade, energy and civil society relationships with key strategic partners like Russia and Ukraine? Will Poland become a greater force in driving EU policy towards its neighbours? How can the EU deliver ‘more for more’ in the East? With such big questions for the Eastern Neighbourhood, the European Neighbourhood Journalism Network (ENJN), funded by the EU, is placing itself at the forefront of the debate, bringing 25 top reporters from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus representing some of the most influential outlets in the Eastern neighbourhood to Warsaw for the Eastern Partnership Summit on 27-30 September.The ENJN project is part of the ENPI Regional Information and Communication programme, which aims at boosting public awareness and understanding of the EU and its relations in the ENPI area, through support to journalists and media outlets for material production, as well as training.
2011-09-15 BELARUSIANS INJURED DURING TERRORIST ATTACK IN MINSK ARRIVE IN LITHUANIA FOR A REHABILITATION
On 15 September, ten Belarusian citizens who were injured during the terrorist attack in metro in Minsk arrived in Lithuania for rehabilitation in Palanga and Abromiškės. The Government of Lithuania has allotted 50 thousand Litas for this purpose.
Lithuanian Ministry of Health coordinated the rehabilitation programme for Belarusians in Lithuania together with the Embassy in Minsk. In cooperation with the Belarusian authorities, a group of 10 people was formed. Taking into account the seriousness of injuries, 6 patients will be placed in the Baltic Rehabilitation Centre in Palanga and 4 patients will go to Abromiškės rehabilitation hospital in Elektrėnai Municipality. They will stay there for 24 days.
2011-09-15 RECONSTRUCTION OF CHECKPOINTS ON THE BELARUSIAN BORDERS WILL NOT HINDER TRAFFIC FLOW
The border-crossing points "Privalka" on the Belarusian-Lithuanian border and “Grigorovshchina" on the Belarusian-Latvian border are currently being reconstructed. In spite of the construction work, these checkpoints ensure uninterrupted traffic flow. The reconstructed checkpoint "Privalka", the finalization of works is scheduled for 2012, will significantly increase its transit capacity: currently "Privalka" serves up to 800 vehicles per day, after the reconstruction the number will increase up to 1500. Reconstruction of the crossing point "Grigorovshchina" will also double the transit capacity of this object. Furthermore, in 2012 the border-crossing point "Peschatka" on the Belarusian-Polish border is planned to be reconstructed.
2011-09-14 LITHUANIA CANCELS NATIONAL VISA FEE FOR BELARUSIANS
Lithuania has decided to abolish consular fees for national visas issued to Belarusian citizens.The Lithuanian Government adopted a resolution on abolition of a €60 consular fee for the national visa. It was made through adoption of amendments to the law on consular fees which allow the government to reduce the cost of the consular fee or eliminate it altogether as parity, if it is necessary for achievement of external policy and national security objectives. The consular fee will not be charged for long-term D-type national visas. They are granted to persons who plan to stay in the country for more than three months within half a year. Such visa allows a limited stay in other Schengen states.Free visas will be granted to students, sportsmen, journalists and migrant workers. Tourists and persons, who are going to stay in Lithuania for a short term, will be charged €60 for a Schengen visa.
2011-09-13 LITHUANIA WILL HOST BELARUSIAN DAYS OF CULTURE
Lithuania will be hosting the Days of Culture of Belarus starting from the end of September. The event will last from September 26th till October 29th.The program of the Belarusian Days of Culture in Lithuania will include performances of Belarusian theatres, Belarusian Song Festival, the Days of Belarusian Films. Vilnius will be traditionally the venue for the concert of the Belarusian State Academic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Anisimov. This concert will open the Days of Culture of Belarus.On October 1st, Klaipeda will host the 16th Belarusian Song Festival. The movie “Brest Fortress” will open the Days of Belarusian Films on October 25th. The ballet „Spartacus“ staged by the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus will close the Days of Culture.
2011-09-12 GRODNO WILL HOST BELARUSIAN-LATVIAN BUSINESS FORUM
On 28th of September the 2nd Regional Belarusian-Latvian Business Forum will be held in Grodno. The event will take place in the framework of the 3rd International Investment Forum “Grodno – city at the borders crossing” and XIII Exhibition and Fair “Euroregion “Neman-2011”.Participants of the forum will be able to get information on economic and investment potential of Grodno region and Latvia, to identify most promising areas of economic cooperation and to establish direct contacts.
2011-09-09 EU MAYORS AND REGIONAL POLITICIANS LAUNCH DIALOGUE WITH EASTERN PARTNERS
The Conference of regional and local authorities for the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP) was inaugurated in the Polish city of Poznań on the 8th of September. The new platform was set up by the EU’s Committee of the Regions (CoR), and brings together 36 mayors and regional politicians from the EU and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. It aims to promote cross-border cooperation and give regional and local authorities a voice in the EU's Eastern Partnership.18 members of CORLEAP represent the Eastern partner countries and 18 – EU countries. Each Eastern partner country has 3 seats. Belarus is represented by Ms Svetlana Gerasimovich, Chairperson of the Minsk Province Council of Deputies, Ms Elena Podolyak, Deputy Chairperson of the Vitebsk Province Council of Deputies, and Mr Mikhail Kuish, Deputy of the Brest Province Council of Deputies. EU seats are allocated to reflect the political composition of the CoR. One of the members, Mr Gediminas Pavirzis, represents Vilnius District Municipality (Lithuania). The partnership aims at promoting democracy and good governance, improving energy security and environmental protection, encouraging people-to-people contacts and supporting economic and social development.
2011-09-08 LATVIA-LITHUANIA: ACHIEVEMENTS
On the Balts Unity Day, the 22nd of September, Latvia-Lithuania Programme’s Annual event "Latvia-Lithuania: ACHIEVEMENTS" invites everyone to the Open Days in all around the Programme territory and Project market in Rokiskis (Lithuania). Come and see what is going on in Your neighbourhood, what was achieved by the cooperation of Latvians and Lithuanians, share the experience with other participants, and gather new ideas!THE EVENT IS OPEN FOR EVERYONE!
2011-09-02 EU PROJECT HELPS BELARUSIAN CITY POLOTSK PREPARE FOR COVENANT OF MAYORS ENERGY EFFICIENCY NETWORK
A Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) for Polotsk, the oldest city in Belarus, is currently being developed within the EU-funded CIUDAD project SURE, with the aim of achieving a 20% reduction of CO2 emissions by 2020. The city is planning to join the Covenant of Mayors in September, thus becoming the first Belarusian member of this extensive European network.Following their adhesion to the Covenant of Mayors, new signatories have one year to submit their SEAPs, but Polotsk intends to have the Action Plan ready as early as by the end of this year. On 3-4 August, Polotsk hosted yet another working meeting of Spanish and Belarusian experts within the SURE project. As a result, the SEAP is now taking shape with the support of the Polotsk municipality, the City of Murcia (Spain), the City of Friedrichshafen (Germany) and the Energy Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Belarus.