On December 4-6 students from the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine – joined a 3-day Konrad Adenauer Stiftung-funded seminar in Tbilisi, Georgia to deepen their knowledge about how the European Union (EU) and its institutions work. Belarus was represented by outstanding students of the European Humanities University (EHU).
The seminar “Our Picture of Europe” was organized by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) within the Project “Enhancing Civil Society Cooperation among the Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia”. The major goal of the seminar was to acquaint young leaders with the institutional design of the EU, its decision-making processes and various projects of the EU enlargement.
EHU team was represented by undergraduate students, who show outstanding academic results: Aliaksei Harnoska (“Cultural Heritage and Tourism”, 3rd year), Viktar Usikau (“International Law and European Union Law”, 2nd year), Hanna Shynkevich (“Media and Communication”, 3rd year), Kseniya Cheshyk (“International Law and European Union Law”, 3rd year) and Hanna Siarheichyk (“International Law and European Union Law”, 4th year).
During the seminar, EHU students together with their counterparts across the rest of the EaP countries took part in simulation role-playing activities and group work. The students simulated the formal process of accession to the negotiation between applicant countries and current EU member states. As the outcome they learned, how to understand the socio-cultural background of each other’s country, negotiate, represent parties, build coalitions and much more.
“Firstly, the seminar gave us an opportunity to meet face-to-face and exchange experience with the most enthusiastic young activists from Eastern Partnership countries. Secondly, it revealed the challenges that Belarus will face in the process of democratic and market reforms, which are inevitable in future. It also provided us with the insights about how Belarus shall transform in order to become a full member of the big European family – the EU”, shares 3rd year student Aliaksei Harnoska.