Sunday December 19 2010, 7 pm, Club der Polnischen Versager Berlin

The outcomes of the presidential elections in Belarus on December 19 let not expect any unforeseen results. But the conduct of the elctions and the accordance to national and international law is worth being examined in detail. We invite you to a public discussion with the "Human Rights Defnders for Free Elections" Minsk (per skype conference) and international experts on sunday December 19 from 7 pm on. Please find the invitation here.


The Polish-German-Ukrainian conference “Ukraine 2010+ - a change or continuation in relations with the Polish and Germans?” will be held in Warsaw on 16-17 December 2010.  

The aim of this periodic event (the conference is held for the sixth time this year) is to present the views of decision-making elites and opinion leaders from Poland and Germany on different aspects of policies towards Ukraine.

Here you will find the program.

If you are interested in participation in the conference, please fill in the form.

Contact person: conference(at)pauci.pl


The 6th Kiev Dialogue took place from October 28th until October 30th 2010 in Kiev.

The theme for this year's dialogue was "Corruption in politics, economy and administration - Civic society´s and international Counterstrategies".


On the 28th of June, a press conference on the local elections in Belarus with perspectives on the coming presidential elections, and on the situation of human rights in Belarus took place at the Helsinki Foundation in Warsaw.

On the 29th of June, a discussion concerning the same topics was held in Berlin. Click here to view the photo gallery. 

With: Vladimir Labkovich, Lawyer and Expert for election monitoring in Belarus, Human Rights organisation "Viasna", Minsk; Juraś Hubarevič, Movement for Freedom; Presentation : Adam Busuleanu, European Exchange.

Please find the link to the press articles.


The German-Russian Exchange and European Exchange Berlin have developed a position paper “For a New Start in Civil Society Cooperation with Russia”, which has already been signed by a number of European foundations and non-governmental organisations. The signatories appeal to the EU and its member states to make it more straightforward for Russian civil society actors to cooperate with their European partners, and to markedly increase the financial resources available for this key area. The demands include the creation of an EU-Russia Civil Society Forum and visa-free travel for civil society actors.

You can read and dowload the paper (in English) by clicking the link below.

EU-Russia Position Paper

Here you can download the "KO-RUS-Kurier", newsletter of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs from June 2010 by Dr. Andreas Schockenhoff, Member of the German Parliament and coordinator for German-Russian civil society cooperation. He gives a report on the discussions about the Role of the EU in Russia's Modernization, that took place on the 6th of May, 2010, both in the German Parliament and in the Representation of the European Commission.


On the 25th April 2010, Belarus held local elections. European Exchange, in cooperation with the Human Rights Organisation Viasna and the Belorussian Helsinki Committee, has been reporting regularly on the important developments in Belarus in the run-up to the elections. A weekly newsletter has been produced in both English and German. Read more.

Click here for a photo gallery of the conference.


The European Parliament's 2009 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought has been awarded to Russian civil rights defence organization Memorial, and their three representatives Oleg Orlov, Sergei Kovalev and Lyudmila Alexeyeva, as well as all other human rights defenders in Russia. The award ceremony took place in Strasbourg on 16 December. Read the address of Sergei Kovalev (in German) - blog.boell-net.de/blogs/russland-blog/


In October 14-16, 2009, the European Exchange will participate in the international conference on the topic “Ethical principles in public administration and societal monitoring: experience of Germany, Poland and Ukraine”. The conference will take place in Cherkassy, Ukraine, and is organized in the framework of the Project “International Partnership for Transparent Ukraine”. The European Exchange is a partner organization in the project implemented by the Foundation for Local Democracy Development (Poland) and the Pylyp Orlyk Institute of Democracy (Ukraine) from July to December 2009. The aim of the project is to strengthen the cooperation between European non-governmental organizations, and provide an effective framework for a larger project “Transparent Ukraine” that would draw on the success of “Transparent Poland” and embrace 25 cities of Ukraine. The project is financially supported by Norway Grants and the Programme “Trans-Border Partnership” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland.



Russian and German non-governmental organizations signed a common declaration on the occasion of the third anniversary of the murder of Anna Politkovskaya. Three years ago, on 7th october 2006, the Russian journalist and civil rights activist Politkovskaya was murdered in the stairwell of her flat in Moscow. The case remains unsolved. For further information please open the paper above.


On the 6th of May 2010, European Exchange, together with the Representation of the European Commission in Germany and German-Russian Exchange, invited all those interested to a discussion on the role of the EU in Russian's modernisation and opportunites for cooperation between civil society actors. The discussion took place in the Representation of the European Commission, Unter den Linden 78, Berlin. The full invitation (in German) can be found here.



On the 27th and 28th April 2010, the fifth "Kiev Dialogue" took place in in the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, in Berlin. The theme for this year's dialogue was "Green New Deal in Ukrainian? The role of Germany and Ukraine for a modern European approach to energy politics". For more information, click here.

Outcomes of the Domestic Election Monitoring in Belarus

Please find here a contribution of Stefanie Schiffer for the May issue of "Belarus News"



On Sunday the 7th February 2010, European Exchange held a party in the Club der polnischen Versager to accompany the Ukrainian presidential elections. Around fifty guests came to follow the live exit poll results, see our exclusive interviews with election monitors in the Ukraine, and to discuss the elections. We would like to thank everybody for coming and proving that interest in the Ukrainian democracy is alive and well.

Opposition Movement in Armenia not ready to recognize results of Election of Erevan City Council as frauded

On 31st May in Erevan, Armenia have been hold the elections of the Erevan City Council
and the next major of Erevan. The official vote results announced by the Central Election
Commission on Monday 1st June showed the ruling Republican Party with nearly 48 percent
of the vote as the winners. Another governing coalition member party, Prosperous Armenia,
finished with 22.7 percent. The Oppositional Armenian National Congress - a coalition of
different oppositional movements under the leadership of former president Levon Ter
Petrosjan - getting 17.4 percent of the votes.
Oppostition parties and independent observers from mass media and non governmental
movements widely criticised the elections as clearly falsificated. "Yesterday's poll was a
real shock for us. The whole process was accompanied by infringements of different scale;
there was great crowding and stuffing at polling stations." declared Amalia Kostanyan,
head of the Armenian Transparency International Organisation. Together with the Helsinki
Citizens Assembly of Vanadzor (HCAV), representatives of the Transparency International
witnesses ballot stuffing, bribery, violence against observers and journalist and numerous
This assessment of Armenian civil society stands in clear contradiction of the findings of the
Council of Europe."Yerevan municipal elections were largely conducted in compliance with
European standards," says the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council
of Europe. The observation mission expressed its satisfaction with the electoral processes
on a press conference held in Erevan on June 1st but their words aroused doubt among
the reporters and contributed to deepen dissatisfaction with the findings of international
election observers in Armenian society.
The Armenian National Congres declared on monday evening not to pick up their mandates
as they would not accept the election results.

For more information please see:



Voters' protest in Moldova

After the 5th April Parliamentary elections in Moldava there have been hold mass
protests agains the allegedly manipulated election results which brought 49,5 %
for the ruling communist party. According to eye witnesses up to 15.000 mostly
young people have joined the protests on April 6th. The development turned
tragic when unsanctioned protests continued on April 7th when more than 300
protesters have been detained, two died, dozens have been hurt and allegedly
tortured being in detention.

Find here a collection of the events compiled by Moldovian journalists.

Detailed information about the background of the protest in Moldova you may
find on the livejournal of Natalia Morar, Moldovian journalist, one of the co-
organisers of the youth protests on 6th April. Today she is under house arrest,
latest information from her dates from April 10th (in Russian language).

Reports of independent election monitoring network you may find under

Annual Report European Exchange 2008)

Please find here the 2008 annual report of the European Exchange.


Exchange of views with representatives of the EU

Photo by democraticbelarus.eu

From March 3rd until March 5th Stefanie Schiffer and Adam Busuleanu from the European Exchange together with Ales Beliacki and Oleg Hulak, presidents of the Belarusian Human Rights Organisation Viasna and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, visited Brussels in order to present the results of the domestic election monitoring during the parliamentary campaign 2008, which was supported by the European Commission.
In Brussels they met with representatives of the European Commission, the Consilium and the European Parliament, who are responsible for the relations with Belarus.
Moreover Stefanie Schiffer, Adam Busuleanu, Ales Beliacki an Oleg Hulak took part in the conference “EU and Belarus Six month After: Achievements and Challenges Ahead”, which was organized by the parliamentary groups of the Party of European Socialists and the European People’s Party in the European Parliament in cooperation with the Office for a democratic Belarus and the Pontis foundation.

To get more information about the Office for a democratic Belarus and to read more about the conference click here.



"Belarusian Journalism Today - Hopeless Enterprise or Light at the End of the Tunnel?"

v.l.n.r.: Liubou Luniova, Diana Siebert, Stefanie Schiffer
v.l.n.r.: Hartmut Schröder, Liubou Luniova, Ingo Petz, Stefanie Schiffer

What does the new EU-Belarus dialogue contribute to freedom of expression and to working conditions of independent Belarusian journalists? Are there any serious improvements or is the admission of two independent newspapers just a symbolic act that will most likely not contribute to a greater access to independent information for Belarusian people? Under which conditions are Belarusian Journalists working and what problems do they face? What do they expect from the political dialogue between Belarus and the EU?
On Tuesday, 17th of February, the Belarusian journalist Liubou Luniova and the German journalist Ingo Petz discussed the current political situation in Belarus, the role of the media and the difficulties of working as a journalist in Belarus. Liubou Luniova (“Radio Svoboda Minsk) described the circumstances she has experienced and observed during the time of the parliamentary election. Furthermore she gave a short overview of the current situation in Belarus and outlined what challenges journalists have to face today. Ingo Petz expressed his journalistic experience in Belarus and stated his point of view on the new EU policy. Following the exchange of experience on the podium, the audience used the possibility to join the discussion, moderated by Stefanie Schiffer (European Exchange). The event took place in Berlin, in the “Club der polnischen Versager” and was held in cooperation with Lew Kopelew Forum Köln and with financial support from the Robert Bosh foundation and the DGO through the "Cooperation Program Belarus”.



Exhibition "Belarus 09-28-2008" at the Viadrina

Stefanie Schiffer, Dr. Timm Beichelt

The photo exhibition "Belarus 09-28-2008" had its final opening on Tuesday Janurary 20th at the European-University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). The photos of three photographers and journalists, Anne Ackermann, Stephan Pramme, Jan Zappner, record personal and inspiring impressions of the Belarusian life during the parliamentary elections 2008 in Minsk, Grodno and Witebsk. The exhibition is held in the librarian gallery of the University and will be open to visitors until February 27th 2009.

A public discussion round on “Belarus and the new policy of the EU – Chances and risks for the civic society” organized by the European Exchange in cooperation with the chair of Eastern Europe’s history, took place right before the opening of the exhibition. Two guests, Anna Kanius, a Belarusian democratic movement activist and coordinator of long-term monitoring in the area of Brest in the elections of 2008 as well as Peter Liesegang, board member of the German- Belarusian association and an international long-term observer exchanged their observation experiences during the parliamentary campaign and discussed current possibilities and effects on the civic society by the European Unions policies towards Belarus. Adam Busuleanu from the European Exchange has moderated the discussion round. About 25 guests have joined the discussion.



Report on the forth conference "Kiev Dialogue" in Kiev is now available

To see the report click here.



Polish-German Partnership for Ukraine

On December 18-19, 2008 an international conference “Ukraine as a Partner of the Eastern Policy of Poland and Germany” took place. It became the largest – by qualitative and quantitative representation of participants – conference on Polish-Ukrainian-German issues for the last several years in Poland. In spite of the pre-holiday period 170 experts, politicians, civil servants and journalists from Poland, Ukraine and Germany participated in the conference. They have been sharing their vision of Polish-German-Ukrainian relations for two days.
Organizers of the conference were:  Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation PAUCI, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik e. V., European Exchange gGmbH. The conference was financially supported by the Polish-German Cooperation Foundation and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland.

To read more about the conference click here.



Exhibition "Belarus 09-28-2008" in Warsaw

For the second time the photo exhibition „Belarus 28.09.08“ with photos by Anne Ackermann, Stephan Pramme and Jan Zappner, has been presented, this time in Warsaw in the gallery Zoya, from December 11th through December 19th 2008. The opening day of the exhibition was accompanied by a discussion with Siewiaryn Kviatkouski, an independent author and journalist from Minsk. He has recently published a short story collection documenting the life of a few known politicians, journalists, musicians, writers and ordinary individuals under the current Regime of Lukanshenka in an amusing but honest way. Adam Busuleanu from the European Exchange moderated the discussion.

More photos by Anne Ackermann  More photos by Jan Zappner  Gallery Zoya



Fourth Kiev Dialogue, October 23rd through 24th 2008 in Kiev

The fourth conference “Kiev Dialogue” was held on history and a politics of remembrance in the Ukraine and Germany at present, from October 23rd through October 24th. Over 200 participants consisting of NGO- and foundation representatives as well as institutions and media concerning the civil society came together in Kiev.

To read about the conference (in German) click here.








Network of Domestic Election Monitors in Belarus 2007 - 2008

During 2007 and 2008 European Exchange gGmbH together with the Belarusian Human Rights organisations Viasna and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee has cooperated in setting up a network of domestic election monitors in Belarusian regions and Minsk. Aimed at addressing the lack of free and fair elections in Belarus which is an indispensable precondition for democratization of the country, the project was an important step for providing the Belarusian and international public with authentic information on the conduction of the Parliamentary elections in Belarus in September 2008. Within the framework of the project a network of domestic election observers consisting of 300 local election observers, coordinators and local journalists has been established in Belarus. The participants have been prepared for observing the elections and have been sensitized for all relevant rules and regulations related to the election process in seminars in advance. The project was financially supported by the European Union and the German and Lithuanian Foreign Ministries. 

To learn more about the outcomes of the election monitoring process click here
To learn more about the Belarusian Helsinki Committee click here


June 25th-27th 2008: Olga Kozulina in Berlin

On Invitation of European Exchange and the Human Rights Association in Belarus Olga Kozulina visited Berlin from June 25th to 27th to speak about the situation of the political prisoners in Belarus. The public lecture and film presentation took place on June 25th, at 6.30pm in the House of Democracy and Human Rights.

Olga Kozulina is a member of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party „Gramada“. Her father, the head of the homonymous Party Alexander Kozulin was arrested in March 2006 and sentenced to five and half years of imprisonment. Alexander Kozulin is a former presidential candidate. Olga Kozulina has been acting as the contact person of her father and the public since he was detained.

She also pleads for freedom of all political prisoners in Belarus. The Party “Gramada” has nominated Olga Kozulina for the parliamentary election, which will take place on September 28th.

For more information please contact: info@european-exchange.org.


Dr. Lyavon Barsceuski in Berlin

On April 21th 2008 within the framework of the European Exchange Programme Dr. Lyavon Barsceuski, publicist and president of the Belorussian Opposition Party „Popular Front“ (BNF) followed his invitation to hold a speech on the subject of „The Belorussian Opposition 2008“. BNF is the biggest and oldest opposition party in Belorussia. The meeting took place on Monday, the 21st of April, at 6.30 PM in the European Academy of Berlin. Barsceuski also is the head of the Belorussian PEN and director of the Belorussian Humanistic Lyceum which was outlawed by the government in 2003 and operates in the underground. Dr. Hans Georg Wieck, the former ambassador to the OSCE, head of the association „Human Rights in Belorussia“ took part in the meeting too. The event was kindly supported by the Robert Bosch Foundation and takes place in cooperation with the Human Rights Association in Belorussia. For more information please contact: info@european-exchange.org.



Public Discussion of Study on Civic Education in Berlin

On 11th of December in collaboration with the foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” the European Exchange presented the study by Stephan Malerius, director of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Vilnius, and Annegret Wulff, officer at the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg, "Democracy through education in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine". The event was held in the House of Democracy (Greifswalder Straße 4) in Berlin and was attended by around 100 guests. The study, published in July 2007, is based on school visits, but also interviews of teachers, politicians and representatives of NGOs: “In each school, there is an island of democracy. It is essential to find it and support it.”



The Internet as a Source of information for Migrants from Eastern Europe

With the support of the Foundation for Population, Migration and Environment (PME, Stäfa, Switzerland), the European Exchange currently is carrying out a research study on migration from Eastern Europe to Germany and the significance of the internet as a source of information for migrants from Non-EU countries in Eastern Europe. The main aim of the study is to explore possibilities to enhance the transparency of German and EU migration regulations for migrants from Eastern Europe and to develop future projects in this field.

The study will be published on the EA’s website and presented to the public in September 2008.

Learn more about the Foundation for Population, Migration and Environment here



International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

On 25th of November, at the International Day for the elimination of violence against women, the European Exchange in partnership with the Belarusian Helsinki Committee have carried on a campaign in Minsk. In spite of bad weather participants distributed leaflets about women's rights and violence against women in the center of the Belarusian capital. Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions. At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime — with the abuser usually someone known to her. Perhaps the most pervasive human rights violation that we know today, it devastates lives, fractures communities, and stalls development.

Learn more about the Belarusian Helsinki Committee here

Learn more about the Elimination of violence Against Women


Workshop "Reconciliation in old age?"

From 16 to 18 November 2007, in collaboration with the foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”, the European Exchange ran a two-day workshop entitled "Reconciliation in old age?" and focused on the social situation of the World War II generation in the new EU member states. During the session, speakers and delegates shared their views on all issues concerning the elderly. The event was held at the VCH-Akademie-Hotel in Berlin.

Learn more about the workshop "Reconciliation in old age?" here

Learn more about the foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” here



Third Kiev Dialogue in Berlin

From 9 to 11 November 2007, the European Exchange, in partnership with the DGO and PAUCI, organised the third Kiev Dialogue in Berlin. The Kiev Dialogue is a unique annual forum where gather decision makers and opinion leaders from Germany and Ukraine in order to discuss on current issues in the matter of policy, economy, media and civil society. The aim of the conference is also to point out options for political and social action, promote the democratic development in Ukraine and the integration in the EU. This year, the Kiev Dialogue was focused on the relations between Ukraine and the EU. The participants discussed with speakers and delegates from Ukraine, Germany and other European countries. The conference was held in two venues, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (9 November) and the Red Town Hall (10 and 11 November). The event is generously supported by the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the German Foreign Office, Deutsche Welle, the German-Ukrainian Forum and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Learn more about the Kiev Dialogue here


Experience sharing session for Belarusian students

From 20 to 26 August 2007, two members of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee had the opportunity to take part in a peer-learning session organised in Berlin by the European Exchange. The participants are all involved in a project led in Belarus in partnership with the European Exchange, called “Legal assistance for Belarusian students”. During their stay, the three law students met leaders of several NGOs dealing with Human Rights issues, as for example “Human Rights Watch”, but also opinion leaders in the matter of policy and civil society. Please get in touch if you would like to receive more information about this project.

Learn more about the Belarusian Helsinki Committee here
Learn more about Human Rights Watch here

Bursary holders of the Marion Dönhoff Foundation in Berlin

Between June and December 2007 the European Exchange has welcomed five bursary holders of the Marion Dönhoff Foundation in Berlin. Layla Ishkhaeva and Margarita Izzhieva from the NGO "Woman's Dignity" in Grozny, Chechen Republic have gone through a job shadowing programme for six months at Xenion, a non-profit organisation which provides psychological help to victims of political persecution and refugees in Berlin. Olga Slyuzar, student of International Relations at Kiev, Ukraine has performed a six-month internship at the European Exchange. Olga Karatsch, leader of the mobement "Nash Dom" (Our House, Witebsk Belarus has profited from the bursary to work on an essay on strategies for regional democratic movement in Belarus. Elena Tonkachova attended the international conference "Kiev Dialogue" in November in Berlin. The bursary holders had the opportunity to attend regular courses of German language and to learn more about the political cand social system in Germany.
Marion Dönhoff Foundation

Democracy through education in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine


“In each school, there is an island of democracy. It is essential to find it and support it.” Stephan Malerius, ex-project coordinator at the German-Russian Exchange, and Annegret Wulff, officer at the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg, have carried out in 2006 a research in partnership with the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” on learning democracy at school in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. The study, published in July 2007, is based on school visits, but also interviews of teachers, politicians and representatives of NGOs. Stephan and Annegret were both backed up by the European Exchange and the German-Russian Forum. Please contact us if you wish to receive a hard copy of the report.
Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future"
Democracy through education in Belarus (German, pdf, 828 Kb)
Democracy through education in Russia (German, pdf, 1.090 Kb)
Democracy through education in Ukraine (German, pdf, 824 Kb)


Ukrainian teachers project

From 20 May to 24 May 2007, the European Exchange was very pleased to organise a peer-learning session in Berlin for seven Ukrainian teachers and school headmasters. The idea of the project consisted in analysing the growing relation between education and social involvement developed in Germany during the past five years. Therefore the Ukrainian group had the opportunity to visit three schools and two German non-profit organisations. They could discuss with German teachers and headmasters in order to exchange their views and compare the both educating systems, but also meet some German pupils and learn about their opinion and feelings. Finally, both Ukrainians and Germans were deeply impressed about the social projects led in both countries.

German-Polish-Ukrainian Forum 2007

In partnership with Tri.net, a network of Ukrainian-Polish-German interests, PAUCI (the Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation) and the Polish Robert Schuman Foundation, the European Exchange organised a German-Polish-Ukrainian forum which took place in Warsaw from 10 to 12 May 2007. 52 participants, mainly NGOs representatives, attended the conference and had the opportunity to network and exchange their experiences. The forum was focused on the challenges of trilateral cooperation and consisted of panel debates and working groups. The aim of the event was also to strengthen civil society in these three countries.
Polish Robert Schuman Foundation

Summer Human Rights Camp for Students from Belarus

Belarusian law students in Bad Liebenzell, August 1st 2006

From 1 August to 10 August 2006 a group of thirty Belarusian law students attended a summer school on international human rights protection in Bad Liebenzell, Germany and Strasburg (Council of Europe). This is a common project of the Foundation for Legal Technologies, Minsk and the European Exchange, Berlin. The summer school is supported financially through the German Foreign Office and the OSCE. The Belarusian students got information on international mechanism of human rights protection as laid down through UN, OSCE and Council of Europe. From 10th to 13th August 2006 the leaders of the Foundation for Legal Technologies visited Berlin and met representatives from German NGOs, the Foreign Office and different foundations.
Summer Human Rights Camp 2006 (pdf, 2.8 Mb)


Second Kiev Dialogue, 5 - 7 October 2006 in Kiev

In cooperation with the Ukrainian based PAUCI foundation and with the financial support of the Robert Bosch foundation and the German Foreign Office the European Exchange held the second international conference "Kiev Dialogue" in October 2006 in Kiev. Topic of the conference was the reflection about influence and conditions of young people to contribute to social change and political awareness. Speakers and guests from Ukraine, Germany and other European countries discussed issues as access to and quality of education, civic and human rights education, European networking among young people and NGOs of the young generation.
List of participants (pdf,70 Kb)
Conference Report (German) (pdf, 36.99 Kb)
Conference programme (doc, 104.5 Kb)


First Kiev Dialogue, November 2005 in Berlin

The First conference "Kiev Dialogue" was held in November 2005 in Berlin. The Kiev Dialogue is a forum for regular exchange of stake holders and multipliers of politics and civil society both from Germany and Ukraine. The conference is an initiative of the Robert Bosch Foundation and the European Exchange and supported through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde, the Deutsche Welle and the German Foreign Ministry. The 150 conference participants discussed the topic "Civic Society and politcal change" with lecturers from Ukraine, Germany, Russia, Poland and Belarus.
Conference programme in German
Conference programme in Ukrainian
List of participants (German)