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Belarusian, Russian youth associations eager to advance regional cooperation

Society 17.08.2018 | 18:52
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MINSK, 17 August (BelTA) – The Belarusian Republican Youth Union (BRSM) and the Russian Union of Youth (RUY) intend to advance regional cooperation, BelTA learned from Oleg Dikun, Second Secretary of the Central Committee of the public association BRSM.

In his words, cooperation between Vitebsk Oblast and Russia's Smolensk Oblast, which successfully implement civic, patriotic, and educational projects, should be an example for other regions to follow.

Oleg Dikun said that BRSM representatives met with RUY Deputy Chairwoman Tatiana Seliverstova in Minsk the other day. “RUY is our key partner. We successfully implement youth employment projects together. We are now working on the possibility of arranging a Student of the Year contest in the Union State of Belarus and Russia,” Oleg Dikun said.

Joint regional projects will be discussed during the 13th festival Young People Say Yes to the Union State, which is due to take place in Rostov-on-Don in September. The festival will gather representatives of Belarusian and Russian regional youth organizations. They will share their best practices and will discuss future cooperation prospects. Interregional memorandums of cooperation will be signed. The Belarusian delegation will take a closer look at the operation of the Russian-Chinese youth business incubator. Masterclasses on ways to build up leadership skills will be arranged. Projects advocating healthy lifestyles will be presented.

The 13th festival Young People Say Yes to the Union State is a large-scale forum, which has been held since 2005 upon the initiative of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Belarus and Russia. This year's festival is scheduled to take place in Rostov-on-Don on 12-17 September. Following the established tradition, it will gather people aged 16-25: singers, musicians, dancers, music and circus performers, and representatives of public organizations from various parts of Belarus and Russia. The festival is expected to attract about 300 participants. A youth song contest will be the central event of the festival.

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