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Moldova: British Council

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to improve access to the services of the British Council for the people of Moldova. (218547)

While the British Council currently has no plans to open independent premises in Moldova, it already employs a member of staff who works out of our embassy in Chisinau to co-ordinate the delivery of British Council resources, programmes and services to the people of Moldova. This post, and the British Council activity in Moldova, is managed through the British Council operations in Romania and in Ukraine. The British Council currently provides the following programmes and services to the people of Moldova:

peacekeeping English Project;

John Smith Fellowship Programme;

Chevening scholarships (currently two scholarships per year);

the Moldova-UK alumni association, now established as a legal entity and receiving guidance from the British Council's Ukraine-UK Professional Network;

guidance in the establishment of an EU information centre and related activity in the break-away enclave of Transnistria;

information services for Moldovan students studying in Romania;

access to British Council electronic resources for people in Moldova;

Cambridge seminars for Moldovan teachers of English; and

English Language exams in Chisinau, and plans to provide a further exams service in Odessa.