The Netherlands supports new generation of administrators

The Netherlands is contributing 325,000 euros to a new Masters Programme in Public Administration at the Belarusian European Humanities University.

European affairs minister, Frans Timmermans, announced this contribution on Thursday in Vilnius, during a speech at the University. The Netherlands will also pay the grants of 18 students who will start the programme in September 2008. The Belarusian European Humanities University (EHU) has been based in Lithuania since 2005, following the loss of its university status in Belarus.

Mr Timmermans emphasised the importance of education and the crucial role that students can play in bringing about political change from within. He told the students that the European Union was united in condemning the regime, but that it was they who could really make a difference. Dutch support for the new EHU programme will help to train a new generation of politicians and administrators who can contribute to the development of a free and democratic Belarus.