Conferences and Briefings on Belarus

Sun, 2007-10-14 16:26

On October 14, the Office for a Democratic Belarus organized a special event dedicated to the European March in Minsk, during which our guests were able to follow the demonstration in Belarus directly via Internet and mobile phone.

Mon, 2007-08-27 11:23

RIGONI  Andrea
ODB: Mr.Rigoni, in your opinion, what does the European future of Belarus look like? Is it possible to restore the Belarusian special status in PACE?


AR: It is even more early to talk about that — the future status of Belarus within the Council of Europe is still an open matter.

Tue, 2007-07-24 13:55

European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner (Austria) is always brightly elegant. Her colour palette knows all shades – turquoise, white, carmine, dusky pink. Commissioner’s friendly smile has earned her the nickname Ferrero-Kuesschen ("Ferrero Kiss"), after the famous chocolate pralines. Born on the same day with philosophers Søren Kierkegaard and Karl Marx, she was the first female Foreign Minister of Austria.

Wed, 2007-07-04 14:30

"Aldis", - says Latvian MEP, vice-chairman of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with Belarus Aldis Kuskis when he picks up his phone. For him Belarusian issues are of keen interest, his involvement with the country goes under the slogan of the Soviet pioneers: "always ready". He is no professional but an expressive, warm-hearted politician; and his statements are tough enough to secure him a ban on entering Belarus.

Thu, 2007-06-21 17:07

Bogdan Klich does not mind to start his day talking about Belarus even if he is on vacation with his family. He is one of those who considers the phrase Belarusian Parliament to be a euphemism and insists that the nature of the Belarusian regime is dictatorial. Polish MEP takes his responsibilities seriously and is consistent in his statements and decisions.

Thu, 2007-06-14 18:12

On the invitation of the Office for a Democratic Belarus and the Slovak foundation Pontis, delegation of young Belarusian pro-democracy activists visited Brussels on June 12-14. Among participants were two co-chairmen of the Belarusian Christian Democracy, Aliaksei Shein and Vital Rymasheuski, as well as chairman of the Belarusian Party of Greens Aleh Novikau.

Wed, 2007-06-13 11:43

Adrian Severin is eloquent and at the same time - unlike many of his colleagues – able to hear the questions and give short, precise answers. He seems to be a passionate truth-seeker; this in the past caused heavy criticism of his reports both by the Belarusian authorities and the opposition. From his point of view, this fact testifies the impartiality of his work, and simply adds to his enthusiasm.

Mon, 2007-05-21 15:55

My wish for the Belarusians is that it will be possible for them to benefit from the possibilities offered by the European Neighbourhood Policy, in particular democracy, good governance and economic progress. For this to happen we look to the Belarusian government to adhere to the values that underlie that policy.

Sat, 2007-04-28 17:00

On April 27, the Office for a Democratic Belarus in Brussels, in cooperation with Hanse-Office (Germany), organized an information evening dedicated to the 21st anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.

Organizers of the event presented a report on the consequences of the nuclear catastrophe and the current policy of the Belarusian government towards the liquidators and the population of the contaminated areas.

The evening attendees also had a chance to see two documentary films on Belarus—“Once Upon a Time” (2006, 10 min) and “As Is Their Wont” (2006, 20 min) (director Galina Adamovich).The discussion that took place after the movies’ screening was dealing with various aspects of the Chernobyl problem and the current situation in Belarus in general.