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Belarus has huge potential to develop its digital sector, the Director for Neighbourhood East at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Neighborhood and Enlargements Negotiations Lawrence Meredith has said in an interview with the ONT TV channel. “We see huge potential for the digital sector in Belarus. I think you have very experienced young people who work in this sector. It is...
European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy Johannes Hahn and European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel will visit Minsk on June 21-22 to participate in the 10th Eastern Partnership Informal Partnership Dialogue. "On June 21-22, we hold the so-called informal ministerial dialogue within the framework of the Eastern Partnership, which will be attended by...
Launch of the third cycle of the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA) Assessment in Belarus
The launch of the third cycle of the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA) assessment took place in Minsk, Belarus on 29 May with a high-level public-private Working Group meeting under the umbrella of the Council for Entrepreneurship Development. The meeting was organised by the OECD in the framework of the EU-funded project ‘ EU4Business: From Policies to Action ’. The Small Business Act for...
Head of the EU Delegation to Belarus Andrea Viktorin
An expert assessment of Belarus' compliance with the principles of the Small Business Act for Europe was discussed on May 29 at a round table in Minsk. The meeting was organised by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in cooperation with the Council for the Development of Entrepreneurship, in the framework of the EU-funded project ‘ EU4Business: From Policies to Action...
A series of rural startups from Belarus will get the chance to put their ideas into action with EU support, after being selected at the fourth Startup Weekend in Kamarova earlier this month. At the event, business ideas were presented by residents of Miadziel, Astraviec, Smarhoń and Pastavy districts, who had been trained at the School of Rural Business in Kamarova from January to April 2018. A...
On 21 March, the EU presented its External Investment Plan (EIP) at a regional launch event in the Georgian capital Tbilisi. Under this plan, the EU will mobilise investments from the public and private sector from 2017 to 2020 for more than 70 economies around the world, including Georgia and the other Eastern Partner countries. The EIP will aim to boost investment and support more inclusive and...
Grants for participation in large-scale brokerage events for Horizon 2020
Researchers from the Eastern Partnership region, including from industry and SMEs, have the opportunity to apply for EU grants for participation in large-scale brokerage events and similar activities related to the EU’s Horizon2020 programme for research and innovation. The aim of the grant scheme is to extend scientific networks between EU Member States/non-EaP Associated Countries and EaP...
Economic Policy Support Project
Boosting economic growth and increasing incomes for ordinary Belarusians are the main goals of the Economic Policy Support Project, launched jointly today by the European Union and the World Bank. “The European Union considers the economic development of Belarus as an area of common interest and supports the country’s economic progress,” said Andrea Wiktorin, Head of the EU Delegation to Belarus...
Johannes Hahn and Vladimir Makei
The European Union is intensifying its cooperation with Belarus, with financial support of €29 million, more than double the budget initially planned, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy Johannes Hahn said on a visit to Minsk on 30 January. Speaking following a meeting with Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, Hahn said they had discussed EU-Belarus relations and the importance of closer...
EBRD in Belarus
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) plans to increase the financing of projects in Belarus in 2018, the Head of the EBRD Office in Belarus Alexander Pivovarsky told reporters in Minsk. “Our loan portfolio in Belarus currently makes up about €500 million. I hope it will become even bigger by the end of this year. In 2017, the volume of operations in Belarus amounted to €163...