Posted on 02.02.2013 in Belarus, News

Belarus to implement 24 cross-border projects

Twenty-four Belarusian projects have been selected for financing as part of the Cross-Border Cooperation Program Poland-Belarus-Ukraine 2007-2013, BelTA learnt from Maxim Aldanov, head of the Belarusian office of the Joint Technical Secretariat of the Cross-Border Cooperation Program Poland-Belarus-Ukraine 2007-2013. 

At present 11 joint projects are being implemented in Belarus as part of the first selection round of the program. The financing of the Belarusian side stands at €2.2 million, Maxim Aldanov said.

The second selection of projects under the program was held in 2011. The joint monitoring committee recommended 24 joint projects with the total financing of the Belarusian side at nearly €16 million. Participation of Brest organizations is expected at 16 of them.

All the projects are currently undergoing the procedure of national approval and signing of grant contracts. Financing and implementation of the projects are slated for 2013.

Besides, the program envisages so-called strategic projects. One of them is a big project in Brest Oblast “Construction and Equipment of Peschatka Border Checkpoint” which implementation will begin in 2013. The Belarusian side will receive €10 million for the implementation of the project.

On 29 January Brest will play host to two-day seminar for Belarusian partner organizations in order to ensure successful implementation of the projects approved as part of the Cross-Border Cooperation Program Poland-Belarus-Ukraine 2007-2013. Partaking in the gathering will be representatives of the TACIS Coordination Bureau in Belarus, INTERAKT organization, others. The participants of the seminar will hear out the information on the conditions for implementation of the projects taking into account national legislation, requirements of the program, the purchasing procedure, etc.

The Cross-Border Cooperation Program Poland-Belarus-Ukraine 2007-2013 is approved in Belarus by Resolution No.1570 of the Council of Ministers of 2 December 2009. A representation of the Joint Technical Secretariat was opened in Belarus in May 2011 and is headquartered in Brest. The representation office supervises the implementation of the program in the Brest, Grodno, Minsk and Gomel oblasts.

According to Maxim Aldanov, from June 2011 to May 2012 the experts of the representation office conducted 24 training seminars on attracting potential participants of the program. Over 1,000 people took part in these seminars.