The third in a series of seminars for stakeholders and potential project participants took place in Gomel on 14 November 2008

The seminar was organized by the National Coordinating Unit along with the EU TANCU project and the Ministry of Economy with it’s UNDP support project «Assistance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of International Technical Co-operation in Belarus through the Harmonization of National Regulations with Donor Regulations» as part of a planned series of six seminars in the regions with the purpose of addressing stakeholders from regional and local authorities, civil society organisations and potential project participants to provide them with practical information regarding the preparation and implementation of technical assistance projects financed by the EU and other donors and to inform them about the wide raging opportunities for Belarusian stakeholders to participate in these projects. The first two seminars took place in Brest (10 October 2008) and Vitebsk (03 November 2008).

On behalf of the local authorities Mr. Boleslav Pirshtuk, Deputy Chairman of the Oblast Executive Committee welcomed the participants.
He was followed by Mr. Ivan Belchik, Head of the Department for Cooperation with International Organizations and Coordination of Technical Assistance, Ministry of Economy.
Issues of corporate and personal taxation were covered by Ms. Natalia Kudina, Ministry of Taxation.
Then Mr. Vladimir Belitsky, TANCU senior expert, gave an overview of international TA donors in Belarus and their procedures.
Then Mr. Leonid Orlov, NCU Director gave a presentation on the current state of play of EU technical assistance in Belarus.
He was followed by Mr. Boris Smolin, NCU support project team leader, who gave a detailed account of the objectives, purpose and the expected results of the NCU support project.
Mr. Yugin Odinets, NCU expert, explained how to solve regional problems by means of EU CBC programmes.
Mr. Victor Buryj, Director of the Regional Agency for Economic Development in Gomel shared his experience regarding technical assistance projects in the region.

The following issues were presented and discussed at the seminar:
- The procedures for the preparation, approval, implementation and monitoring of technical assistance (TA) projects in the Republic of Belarus. The practical aspects of following these procedures.
- The taxation of project beneficiaries. Practical recommendations for the implementation of current rules.
- Issues of personal taxation of individuals involved in the implementation of technical assistance projects. Practical recommendations on the preparation of tax return applications.
- Regional experience of Belarusian partners participating in EU Tacis projects.
- New European Union TA instruments and the opportunities they provide for stakeholders in Belarus.
- Overview of international TA donors in Belarus. Donor procedures for the preparation of projects and submission of applications, as well as tips for successful project implementation.
- The use of the European Union’s Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) programmes to solve regional problems.
- Procedures and requirements for projects financed from EU funds.
Tasks and activities of the EU Tacis project Support to the National Coordinating Unit in Belarus.

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Approximately 40 participants from the regional and local authorities, civil society organisations and potential project beneficiaries attended the event.


The next seminar is scheduled to take place in Mogilev on 05 December 2008

Speakers:


Overview of international technical assistance donors in Belarus (procedures for the preparation of projects and submission of applications) by Mr. Vladimir Belitsky, Senior Expert of the EU Tacis project “Support to the National Coordinating Unit in Belarus”


Current state of play of EU technical assistance in Belarus and TA planning for the period of 2007-2013, by Mr. Leonid Orlov, Executive Director of the Tacis Coordinating Unit in Belarus


The use of EU Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) programmes for regional socio-economic development, by Eugine Odinets, Expert of the Tacis Coordinating Unit in Belarus


Overview of the EU Tacis project Support to the National Coordinating Unit in Belarus by Mr. Boris Smolin, project Team Leader