As reported in the March 2006 edition of the ACA Newsletter – Education Europe, the European Commission and the Nordic Council of Ministers have set up a scholarship programme for Belarusian students. The scheme has a budget of 4.5 million euro and a duration of 3 years. The beneficiaries are students penalised by the Belarusian authorities for their opposition stance at the presidential elections of 19 March 2006, by being denied access to Belarusian universities.The scholarships will enable the students to pursue their education in neighbouring countries, in particular in Lithuania, where there is a Belarusian university in exile (European Humanities University/EHU), and in Ukraine. Together with a contribution from the Nordic Council of Ministers, which is responsible for the implementation part, the project disposes of a total of five million euro and comprises three components:
The European Commission and the Nordic Council of Ministers see this initiative as an act of solidarity with the people of Belarus and an investment into a democratic future of the country.
Commission’s press releaseEU's Relations with Belarus website
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