22.07.2011 []

First European Union Centre opened in Siberia

On 4 July 2011 the Tomsk State University hosted an opening ceremony of the European Union Centre in Siberia (EUCES). The project is co-funded by the European Union and the Tomsk State University. It is the third EU centre of this kind in Russia – recently similar centres have been established in Kaliningrad and Saint-Petersburg. 

The mission of the EUCES is to facilitate closer relations between the European Union and Russia as strategic partners through joint educational, research, innovative and outreach activities in the Tomsk Region and Siberia as a whole.

In Siberia and in the Tomsk region in particular, great attention is paid to education and innovation. The Tomsk Region is one of the most active participants to EU research and education programmes such as the Seventh Framework Programme, Tempus, Erasmus Mundus, etc. Therefore, the establishment of the EUCES is yet another opportunity to bring EU programmes closer to Tomsk and Siberia.

For media accreditation and additional information, please, contact:
Larisa Deriglazova, EUCES Director: +7 (913) 117-03-64
Nina Rozhanovskaya, EUCES assistant: +7 (906) 947-81-26
Ivan Godenov, EUCES assistant: +7 (923) 404-35-40

Link to the EUCES website: http://euces.tsu.ru/ru/

Background information:

The European Union Center in Siberia (EUCES) is one the 32 EU Centres established all over the world: in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, USA, Russia, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan.

The EU Centre initiative was launched in 1998 and is supported by the European External Action Service. In 2011, three Russian centres have joined the network, namely the centres at the Baltic State University named after Immanuel Kant in Kaliningrad, at the European University in St. Petersburg and in Tomsk.

Source: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/russia/press_corner/all_news/news/2011/20110630_01_en.htm