Irkutsk in Europe
Irkutsk in Europe
Europe House in Irkutsk
The Europe House in Irkutsk, created to support economic, scientific and cultural
communication between Europe and East Siberia ("European Window to East-Siberia
- East Siberian Embassy to Europe"), is a project of four countries - Belgium,
France, Germany and Russia.
Concert in the House of
The authorities of Irkutsk, along with French, German, Belgian and Italian
public associations, have set up an international voluntary non-commercial foundation
called the House of Europe. Many of the city's higher educational institutions
are being encouraged to join. The organizers were originally inspired by the
idea of restoration of the city, particularly its unique wooden architecture.
Today the House of Europe's purpose has evolved into one of promoting contacts
between the Baikal area and the European Community countries. Plans are underway
to exchange theatrical, music and dance companies, as well as book and art exhibitions;
to cooperate in publishing literary works; and to hold festivals and sports
competitions. Several Europe House-sponsored institutions will begin operation
shortly: a center for linguistic research, a Library of European Books, a Baikal
drama school, and a public relations club. Two projects have prompted special
praise: an ecological project for protection of Lake Baikal and a new program
prepared by the Irkutsk Academy of Economics for training economists.
Activity areas of Europe House:
- professional education;
- foundation of small and medium enterprises (SME)
- communication of offices
- renovation of historical downtown in Irkutsk
- international exchange of students, schoolchildren, teachers, lecturers
- implementation of scientific and economic research, cultural and social
The Europe House has a non-profit legal status. The city of Irkutsk has provided
a nice wooden house in the museum quarter of Irkutsk for the work of the Europe
House. In March, 1998, the European Union decided to sponsor the foundation
of Europe House in the framework of a EU-funding program.
The Europe House was founded on October 23, 1998, by 17 members in Irkutsk
(Irkustk Administration: 7 pedagogic and scientific , 5 societies and individuals,
4 private companies) and 5 members from Europe (4 partner societies and a consulting
company from France).
The building: The wooden house was built in 1840 by a businessman named
Kuznetsov, who later became governor.
- Deutsch-Russische Gesellschaft Pforzheim - active in exchanges since 1987
(contact: Katharina Leicht, Baumstr. 2, 75242 Neuhausen, GERMANY, Tel.: +49-7234/980430,
Fax: +49-7234/980432, Email: KFJLeicht@t-online.de)
- Europe-Baikal - founded in 1993 in Bordeaux - active in renovation of historic
downtown in Irkutsk and exchanges)
- Forum Europe Cultures - founded in 1993 in Belgium - active in culture,
upbringing, professional education
- Eurcasia - founded in 1992 in France - active in culture, sports, science,
ecology and economy
Current activites in Irkutsk: European Cultural Centre in the Europe House,
coordination of cultural projects with European partners, library and video
collection, language courses.
Address: Ul Dekabrskikh Sobytyi 107B, Irkutsk 664007
The centre invites all those with an interest in Great Britain and the
English Language to come and make full use of this centre. The Centre's
information service provides free information and advice on many aspects
of living and studying in Great Britain, as well as the use of reference
materials, dictionaries and encyclopedias in English. The centre offers
educational and methodological literature, including audio and video
materials, plus a collection of modern British videos.
For those interested in IT, the computer centre provides free Internet
access for research into subjects linked with Great Britain.
Telephone: +7 (3952) 211171 / 72, fax +7 (3952) 211172
Search document library at www.europe.eu.int
Search document library on Irkutsk
- current projects, funding opportunities, support of small business
Tacis Technical Office
c/o Irkutsk State Economic Academy/Faculty of Law
Ul. Gorkogo, 22
4th Floor, Room 407
Tel.: +7 (3952) 242680
Tel./Fax: +7 (3952) 242572
Contact european partner:
Mr. Jan-Anders Hedenquist
Company Education &
Phone: +46 18692325
Mobile: +46 709 170 150
See their webpage for details.
Office of French Culture Attachee
The head of office is Lorraine Atalle (on the right),
representing Culture Department of French Embassy (Moscow).
The goal of his presence is promotion of
French language and culture, as well as
diplomatic representation of France in Irkutsk area.
The activities include:
- summer school of "advanced French" in
Strasbourg and Cannes for Irkutsk teachers of
French language, engineers, programmers, economists
who speak French.
- Seminars in Irkutsk schools, provision of school books
of modern French.
- Contacts in the area of medicine.
- Organizaion of visits of French artists, writers and
- Culture coordination of Franco-Russian relations.
Attachee of Embassy of France
ul. Lenina 8
DIZ - Deutsches Info-Zentrum
The German information Centre in
objectives of the Centre:
- to inform the governmental and private organisations in
Siberia (upon their requests) about German products and technologies;
- to contribute into establishing direct mutual business
relations, co- ordinate the joint projects and training the
- German conferences in Siberia and Siberian conferences
- Business trips to Germany
- Specialised exhibitions in Siberia and Germany
- To send the experts of the SES (Senior Experts) of the
German Economy to the governmental and private organisations in Siberia
(upon their requests) to provide practical help.
German representative in Irkutsk
Dipl.-Ing. Johann Dück
82, Lermontowa Str.
Tel./Fax: +7 (3952) 25 81 01
Tel.: 25 58 51
The office is situated in Irkutsk Building College (Stroitelnyi kolledzh)
Contacts in Germany:
Dr. Hansjörg Droescher
Tel./Fax +49 (6251) 399 45
Processing German visas
The center serves as a representative of German Consulate in Novosibirsk,
accepting applications for German visas. Applications are sent to German
Consulate in Novosibirsk, turnaround is about 1 week.
Address: Baikal Business Center, Office 104 b, open
Monday through Thursday 10am-5pm.
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