Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia

10/17/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/17/2020 05:14

The Foreign Ministry supports development cooperation projects in Belarus with €500 000 through an auxiliary programme

The Foreign Ministry has opened a call for proposals for funding development cooperation projects with the aim of supporting the civil society in Belarus. In total, €500 000 has been earmarked for the projects.

The call for proposals aims to assist and strengthen the civil society in Belarus. Applications for support should involve activities connected to supporting independent media, providing medical aid or rehabilitation to victims of repressions, and supporting education professionals and education programmes.

According to Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu, it is important to continue supporting the democratic aspirations of the people of Belarus and keep the international community focused on the situation there. 'For sustainable democratic processes, we must continue to empower the civil society of Belarus. The focus must remain on ensuring free speech and supporting the rights of peaceful protesters,' Reinsalu said.

Reinsalu met with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya in Vilnius yesterday, and she expressed her gratitude to Estonia for our support and raising the issue of the Belarusian crisis in international organisations. They also discussed future activities.

Belarus, as well as Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, has been Estonia's development cooperation and humanitarian aid partner since 2011. In the case of Belarus, Estonia's focus has been on reform experience and knowledge in areas such as the development of a digital society, boosting small businesses, the environment, and education.

The Foreign Ministry's Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid Division invites project partners to participate in the call for proposals. Digitally signed applications can be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs until 30 October by emailing [email protected].

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Communication Department
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