The International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC) is launching its second call for proposals for artistic and creative projects. The call intends to support projects, which are in compliance with the criteria set out in the Operational Guidelines of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC). Are you an artist or creator? An NGO or a non-profit private or public body, whose activities contribute to the promotion of culture and artistic creation? If your project is compliant with the criteria indicated in the Operational Guidelines of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC), you can submit your project application and be considered in order to benefit from the financial support of the Fund.


Dear Colleagues,

The Energy Club starts a series of events dedicated to the EU policy in the area of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources (RES).
The first meeting of the series will take place on 26 February in Minsk and will cover the following issues:

•    EU climate and energy package 20-20-20;
•    EU energy efficiency directive;
•    Implemenation fo EU requirements in Austria;
•    EU roadmaps until 2050;
•    Austrian long-term perspectives;
•    Current discussions about the road until 2030.

The invited speaker, Professor Herbert Lechner, Deputy Executive Director of the Austrian Energy Agency and its chief scientific officer will guide the Belarusian colleagues through the EU Climate and Energy Policy suggesting practical examples of how Austria deals with the energy security challenges and what it does to meet the Commission’s  20/20/20 targets.

The European Commission has launched the Call for Sustainable Urban Demonstration Projects for the Covenant of Mayors signatories. The Covenant of Mayors is the mainstream European movement involving local and regional authorities, voluntarily committing to increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources on their territories. By their commitment, Covenant signatories aim to meet and exceed the European Union 20% CO2 reduction objective by 2020. More detailed information is available here:
The objective of this Call for Proposals is to enable local authorities in the Eastern Partnership countries to implement pilot projects incorporated in their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) under the Covenant of Mayors and thus to bridge the gap between the SEAPs and their practical implementation.

As a part of the first annual European Intercultural Festival 2013, Office for a Democratic Belarus is organising a drawing contest for Belarusian children aged 6-12 with the theme “Colourful Europe”. The organisers want to encourage the Belarusian youth to share their experiences and perceptions of Europe and learn more about the culture and history of the EU member states and other states participating in the Eastern Partnership Initiative. The competition is organised in partnership with the Youth Entrepreneurship Support and Development Center. The European Intercultural Festival 2013 is being held in Minsk and other Belarusian cities on May 20-26.


Berlin, 08. to 16. June 2013
Cultures of Remembrance – what can be learned from Germany, in Berlin?

Berlin is not simply the present day capital of Germany. Berlin was the political center of two dictatorships in Germany in the 20th century: the fascist dictatorship of the Nazis, which with its devastating ideology almost brought the whole European continent to the brink of destruction; and the German socialist / communist dictatorship, which even in the second half of the 1980ies wanted to be “better” socialistic than its big brother, the Soviet Union.

Germany (West) after the second world war and the united Germany after 1989 developed a serious and indepth culture of remembrance, which of course can and should be further developed and strengthened, but which in relation to other countries can well serve as a solid basis for keeping sensitive towards the catastrophic consequences of these dictatorships. Berlin is home to many elements of the German “mechanism of remembrance”.

European Intercultural Festival: Competition on EU-Belarus Policy Proposals Has Started

As a part of the European Intercultural Festival 2013, Office for a Democratic Belarus with its partners organises a competition for proposals on how to improve cooperation between the European Union and Belarus. The organisers hope to collect concrete proposals from the Belarusian public on the best ways to develop EU-Belarus relations in the future. The best proposals will be published and handed over to experts working on EU projects for possible realisation. The finalists will be chosen by an international jury consisting of representatives of organising institutions and leading international research centres on European politics.  The winner will receive an electronic book reader and the first and second runner ups will also be awarded memorable prices.

Office for a Democratic Belarus is organising in cooperation with the International Sakharov Environmental University the second meeting of “The Energy Club” as a part of the 13th International Scientific Conference “Sakharov Readings 2013: Environmental Problems of XXI Century” . The meeting will take place on May 17th and the topic for discussion will be “European experiences with biogas and the prospects for developing the biogas sector in Belarus”. The event is part of the ODB run programme "EU and Belarus: Sharing Knowledge"  which is implemented in cooperation with the Belarusian Union of Transport Workers and Supported by the European Commission. All technical and information support under the project is provided by the Minsk-based Office for European Expertise and Communication.

EPP Conference: The Dialogue on Modernisation with Belarusian Society - A functioning new instrument?

When: Tuesday, 9 April 2013 (14:30 - 18:00)
Where: European Parliament, room A3E-2

Hosted by: Filip Kaczmarek, Chair of the Delegation for relations with Belarus at the European Parliament


18 December 2012

Venue: Rue de La Loi 42
Dear colleagues,
The Office for a Democratic Belarus and the Secretariat of the Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum have the pleasure to invite you for an opening of the exhibition ‘Discovering Belarus: Images of Today and Beyond’  by the Belarusian photographer Siarhei Balay, which will be followed by an informal presentation of the EaP CSF Secretariat and a Christmas cocktail reception.
We are looking forward to welcoming you at our event and sharing with you Christmas holiday spirit!

Within the Lifelong Learning Programme, the first key activity of the Jean Monnet Programme brings together the two instruments formerly known as the Jean Monnet Action and the Support for Study and Research Centres. The actions supported under this key activity aim to stimulate excellence in teaching, research, reflection and debate in European integration studies in higher education institutions within and outside the European Union.

Deadline for proposal submission: 15 February 2013, 12:00 noon (CET)