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The Finnish delegation to the Nordic Council is proposing to establish a Nordic student programme for Belarusian students. For years, the Nordic Council has paid special attention to the problems of democratization in Belarus. According to the delegation, the political situation in Belarus has been challenging for a long time and students are also directly affected. The Finnish delegation wants concrete help for civil society and especially for students. According to the chairman of the Finnish delegation, MP Erkki Tuomioja (Social Democratic Parliamentary Group), it is important to maintain hope for a freer and fairer society. "People working for democracy and human rights in Belarus need our support, and we can concretely provide it by giving students who have lost their opportunity to study in their home country the opportunity to continue their studies in the Nordic countries," says Tuomioja.
The Nordic Council is the official body for formal inter-parliamentary co-operation. Formed in 1952, it has 87 members from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland. In the Nordic Council meetings, Nordic politicians make decisions on issues that they call on the Nordic governments to implement. Finland joined the organisation in 1955. 18 Finnish MPs are members of the Nordic Council which has also two representatives from Åland. The members of the Finnish delegation to the Nordic Council participate in the work of the Nordic Council's Committees and Presidium throughout the year.
Further information on the Nordic Council