The European Commission has granted a €138.000 contract to Deutsche Welle Radio to broadcast via radio and Internet into Belarus. These programmes will be in an initial stage primarily in Russian, one of the state languages of Belarus, though content may also be provided in Belarusian in the future. With this measure, the Commission hopes to increase the awareness of the Belarusian population about democracy, pluralism, the rule of law, freedom of press and human rights. Broadcasting will take place over 12 months from 1 November 2005. The Commission is the first donor to carry out this type of activity in support of human rights and freedom of expression in Belarus.