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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: Estonia Will Continue to Give Focused Support to Civil Society of Belarus

08.04.2011

No. 116-E

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that the Foreign Ministry is allocating 12 780 euros from its development co-operation budget for the Belarusian European Humanities University located in Vilnius in order to support the development of civil society in Belarus. “Only focused, carefully thought out, and lasting support will allow the civil society of Belarus to develop. Experiences in an open society will certainly help with this,” Paet added.

Foreign Minister Paet stated that Estonia plans to increase support for Belarusian civil society within the framework of development co-operation and to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the Eastern Partnership Centre. “The continuation of contacts between universities in Estonia and Belarus is also essential,” Paet stated.

The Belarusian European Humanities University is an institution of higher education that was accredited in Vilnius after its school in Minsk was shut down by Belarusian authorities in 2004. The university was founded in Minsk in 1992, supported by international charitable foundations. The Belarusian European Humanities University offers bachelor, master, and doctoral level studies. The university has eight departments, and areas of study include philosophy, theology, political science, psychology, international law, international economics, economics, art history and theory, international cultural tourism, and information technology. Belarusian university students who are unable to study in Belarus due to their political views are able to study at the European Humanities University.

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