Strained relations between Belarus and countries of the European Union do not imply lack of effective cooperation. An example of good practice is the trans-border programmes implemented by the European Commission within the framework of the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI).
Belarus participates in two Union programmes aimed at cooperation among border regions. In case of Cross-border Cooperation Programme Poland–Belarus–Ukraine 2007-2013 the project application deadline is approaching. Applying for funding the projects is open for local and regional authorities, and non-governmental organizations. The projects should focus on one of the programme priorities: increasing competitiveness of the border area, improving the quality of life, and networking and people-to-people cooperation. The deadline expires on September 30, 2011. We recommend a website http://www.pl-by-ua.eu to everybody who is interested – prospective applicants would find there complete information on the Programme in four languages: English, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian.
The second programme including Belarus is 2007-2013 Cross Border Cooperation Programme–Latvia–Lithuania–Belarus. Also in this case funding could be obtained by local and regional authorities, and non-governmental organizations – this time form border regions of Belarus, Lithuania and Latvia. The second call regarding submitting project applications was closed in June 2011. For information on the programme and enrolment rules we recommend its official website of and Facebook page.
The formula of the programme explained in short cartoons: