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Journalists from the European Union commended the progress of EC/UNDP project "Sustainable development at local level"

13 journalists representing media from Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania and the UK visited Belarus on July 22–24. One of the main objectives of the visit was to familiarize the citizens of EU Member States with specific projects, which the European Union is implementing in Belarus within the European Neighbourhood Policy.

July 24 a group of European journalists visited Navapolatsk. In Navapolatsk they attended the Information center on sustainable development and ecotourism. The center was recently opened within the project "Sustainable development at local level”, supported by the European Union and United Nations Development Programme.

In information center journalists got acquainted with initiatives supported by EU/UNDP project in Navapolack, detailing the implementation of the initiative for assessing and arrangement of the megalithic object “Polack Stonehenge" as part of a green tourist route (greenway). Journalists from the European Union were able to visit the "Stonehenge of Polack" personally and ride bicycles for the local circular greenway on cross–border tourist trail "from the Vikings to the Greeks”.

Furthermore, 24 July, representatives of European media have met with Mayor of Navapolack Natalia Kochanova, which gave details to journalists about the cooperation of the city with the project "Sustainable development at local level” and the prospects for sustainable development in Navapolack. Reporters asked Natalia Kochanova a number of questions about the project implementation in the town and cooperation with the European structures through the European Neighbourhood Policy.

In general, a three–day press tour in Belarus was held with the support of the European Commission's Directorate General for External Relations. European journalists were able to obtain information from various sources: representatives of the Belarusian authorities, diplomats, representatives of local authorities, NGOs, independent experts and media representatives. Organizational support for the press tour provided by the European Journalism Centre, Delegation of the European Union in Belarus and the Belarusian Association of Journalists.

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