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Twenty Belarusian cities join EU initiative for climate and energy action

13 December 2017
Twenty Belarusian cities have become new members of the EU-funded initiative “Covenant of Mayors East”. The official ceremony of the signature of the agreement took place at the regional conference “Covenant of Mayors: joint actions in the field of climate and energy” on 13 December in Minsk,…
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Kindergarten in Ukraine saves over 75% on energy bills thanks to EU project support

13 December 2017
Kalynka kindergarten in the Ukrainian town of Slavutych is now saving over 75% on its energy bills thanks to energy efficiency measures implemented with EU support. Thermal insulation works also mean children at the kindergarten will enjoy warmth and comfort this winter. The kindergarten, known as…
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EU boosts support to small businesses in Ukraine with new finance

13 December 2017
On 13 December, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Investment Fund (EIF) – jointly the EIB Group – announced the signing of a guarantee agreement with the Ukrainian bank ‘Oschadbank’ to support €50 million in loans to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the country. This…
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Culture and Creativity Programme summarises its impact in Eastern Partnership region

13 December 2017
The EU-Eastern Partnership (EaP) Culture and Creativity Programme, which is coming to an end in January 2018, has presented its achievements in its six countries of operation: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.  Over three years, from February 2015 to…
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EU launches Young Experts Scheme in Armenia

12 December 2017
Last week, the EU Delegation to Armenia announced the launch of the Young Experts Scheme Armenia (YES) project that will offer opportunities for young people to gain experience in the country’s civil service. The EU has already selected 21 young professionals aged between 25 and 35, from more…
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Ukraine: opportunity for internships in NGO sector

12 December 2017
The National Exchange Programme, supported by the European Union in Ukraine, has announced a call for mini-internships in the country’s public sector. The potential participants are invited to apply for an internship with one of 31 NGOs involved in a wide range of activities, from supporting people…
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New energy efficiency testing labs opened in Belarus with EU support

12 December 2017
Sixteen energy efficiency testing laboratories were opened with the EU’s support at the Belarusian State Institute for Standardization and Certification in Minsk on 11 December. Seven laboratories will assess the energy efficiency of buildings and a further nine laboratories will test the energy…
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Finland to share experience counteracting corruption risks at customs with Belarus

12 December 2017
On 13-15 December, customs officials from Belarus will visit Finland to learn about the country’s experience in counteracting corruption risks while carrying out customs checks and services. The visit has been organised by the European Commission’s Technical Assistance and Information Exchange…
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EU programme invites proposals to strengthen cultural bridges in Ukraine

12 December 2017
The EU-funded Culture Bridges programme, newly launched in Ukraine, has invited the country’s cultural operators to apply for funding to carry out cooperation projects involving participants from at least two non-neighbouring oblasts of the country. The programme will provide grants of up to €8,…
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Mogherini after EU-Ukraine Association Council meeting: “Working closely together we can achieve really tangible and positive results for our citizens.”

11 December 2017
On 8 December, the European Union and Ukraine held the fourth meeting of the Association Council. “We met for the first time since the entry into force of our Association Agreement and of visa free travel for Ukrainians to the European Union. And these two achievements show that by working…