Studien- und Informationsprogramm

Aufbau einer lebensfähigen Grundlage für die Zivilgesellschaft in Belarus

Studienreise für Aktivisten aus Rechts-Mitte-Parteien, NGOs, für Journalisten, Experten aus dem zivilgesellschaftlichen Sektor


Die Teilnehmer aus Belarus machten sich mit der Funktionierung des zivilgesellschaftlichen Sektors in Litauen vertraut, u.a. mit besonders bedeutenden Widerstandsbewegungen in der Sowjetzeit und mit den wichtigsten Transformationsetappen dieses Sektors nach dem Zerfall der Sowjetunion und erweiterten dadurch ihre Erfahrungen bei der Einbeziehung der Menschen in die zivilgesellschaftlichen Aktivitäten, in die Jugendpolitik und in die Politik insgesamt.


Sunday, 28 September

Arrival of the participants to Vilnius. Accomodation

Hand out of the material

Monday, 29 September

09:00 – 11:00 „The Chronicles of Lithuanian Catholic Church – symbol of resistance and pre-requisite to the transformation in the society“

Mr. Petras PLUMPA, political prisoner and CLCC activist

11:15 – 12:45„Political opposition to the Soviet regime and during fight for independence“

Mr. Jonas BUROKAS, Lithuanian Union of Freedom fighers (Lietuvos laivės kovotojų sąjunga), Chairman of the Board

13:30 – 14:30„The importance of Non-Governmental organizations in building civil society. Case of Lithuanian Christian Democrats“,

Dr. Paulius SAUDARGAS, MP and leader of NGO „For Civil Society“

16:15 – 17:15Building the civil society via education: The Lithuanian Kolping Society,

Mr. Tomas STATKEVIČIUS, Educational manager, Lithuanian Kolping Society

17:15 – 18:15Sum up of the day and expectations for the course

Tuesday, 30 September

10:00 – 12:30„Building understanding of civil society about Eastern Neighborhood. Importance of Belarus in Lithuanian Foreign Policy“,

Dr. Laurynas KASČIŪNAS, Head of Policy Analysis and Research Division of EESC, Professor of Vilnius University,

Mr. Vilius Ivanauskas, Researcher of EESC

15:30 – 16:45„Lithuanian youth politics and its implementation: LiJOT (Lithuanian Youth Organizations Council)“,

Mr. Karolis ŽEMAITIS, coordinator of international affairs, LiJOT

17:00 – 18:30 „Launching Belarusian NGO in Lithuania: lessons learned and advices for the future“,

Mr. Aivaras ŽILVINSKAS, Laywer, Expert on legal issues within the project "Support to protection of the Belarusian civil society organizations";

Ms. Anna GERASIMOVA, Director of Belarusian Human Rights House in Vilnius;

Wednesday, 1 October

09:00 – 10:45“Creation and running of viable political youth organizations”,

Mr. Vytautas KERŠANSKAS, Chairman of JKD (Youth of Christian Democrats)

11:00 – 12:30“Uniting efforts of youth on local level“,

Mr. Aistis RAMANAUSKAS, Chairman of “Vilnius Round Table” youth association

12:30 – 14:00“Importance of civil society and non-governmental sector in building viable state and society”,

Mr. Donatas PUSLYS, Deputy Chief Editor of internet portal “” and one of the initiators of project “I chose to teach”

15:00 – 16:30 “Situation of NGOs in the Republic of Lithuania”,

Mr. Martinas ŽALTAUSKAS, Non-Governmental Organizations' Information and Support Centre

16:45 – 18:30“Comparison of situation with NGOs in Belarus and Lithuania”,

Mr. Vytis JURKONIS, Country director of Freedom House for Belarus and Russian Federation

Thursday, 2 October

09:00 – 10:00 „Lithuanian think tanks in development cooperation: Eastern Neighborhood“,

Dr. Grazvydas JASUTIS, „Trust in Development“

10:10 – 11:00„Party related NGOs and think-tanks“,

Ms. Paule KUZMICKIENE, Acting Secretary General of TS-LKD;

Mr. Petras KATINAS, Institute of Democratic Politics

11:15 – 12:30“Bringing high school student to the civil society”,

Mr. Titas BUDRYS, Creator of Little University project

12:30 – 13:00"Uniting efforts of NGOs for the benefit of society: European level. Challenges of Lithuanian NGOs",

Ms. Marta ČIUBAJEVAITĖ, Executive Director of National Non-Governmental Development Cooperation Organizations‘ Platform;

Ms. Giedrė BIRŽYTĖ, Expert of Civil Society

15:00 – 16:00„Cooperation between the state and NGOs: strategic level“,

Mr. Jonas SURVILA, ex-Advisor to the Prime Minister of Lithuania

16:00 – 16:45„Guarding free and fair elections: „White Gloves“ campaign“,

Ms. Marija SARAITE, Member of the Board, „White Gloves“ campaign

16:45 – 18:30Summing up the results. Evaluation

Friday, 3 October

10:00 – 12:00Visit to the Museum of Genocide Victims

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