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   The Olympiad is organized by the Ministry of Education or another appropriate institution of one of the following ten European countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Turkey.

   According to the rules accepted by the initiators of BOI, teams of these European countries are invited as regular participants. Moreover, the host country may invite guest participants as well. Enlarging or decreasing the set of BOI countries can only be adopted by consensus.

   The goal of BOI is to motivate secondary school students from East Europe to get more interested in informatics and information technology in general, test and prove their competence in solving problems with the help of computers, exchange knowledge and experience with other students of similar interest and qualification and establish personal contacts with young people of the East European region.

   In addition, BOI may provide training for the students participating in the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) and initiate discussion and co-operation in informatics training in the secondary schools of East European countries.

Previous BOIs

Constantza, Romania May 24th to 29th, 1993
Thessaloniki, Greece October 1st to 7th, 1994
Varna, Bulgaria October 5th to 11th, 1995
Nikosia, Cyprus October 19th to 25th, 1996
Drama, Greece September 30th to Octomber 5th, 1997
Ankara, Turkey July 13th to 19th, 1998
Ioannina, Greece August 22nd to 27th, 1999
Ohrid, Macedonia May 15th to 19th, 2000
Durres, Albania September 8th to 13th, 2001
Belgrad, Yugoslavia June 21st to 26th, 2002
Iasi, Romania July 14th to 20th, 2003
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