The European Commission today adopted a new assistance programme worth €25 million to further support the people of Belarus, bringing to more than €100 million the EU’s total support following the brutal response of the regime to the protests against the fraudulent elections of August 2020.
The newly adopted assistance programme, ‘EU4Belarus: Supporting societal resilience and human capital development’, aims to support democratic aspirations in Belarus.
In particular, it will support civil society activists promoting democratic changes and human rights in Belarus, and students and professionals in accessing modern quality education, including through scholarships and by facilitating contacts between Belarusian and EU-based professionals and organisations.
With EU support, more than 520 students are currently receiving scholarships, and almost 800 persons are involved in online training. Belarusians can also apply for short-term professional exchanges, research fellowships and grants. This new assistance will fund another 450 scholarships, 500 professional exchanges and provide additional educational opportunities.
This programme brings the total support to the people of Belarus to over €30 million in 2022. Since the fraudulent elections in August 2020, the EU has supported the people of Belarus with over €100 million covering direct assistance to victims of repression, civil society, independent media, youth and scholarships, small businesses, health and culture.
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