European Commission and Belarus

Tue, 2015-10-13 10:34

The European Union has followed closely the presidential elections of 11 October 2015 in the Republic of Belarus, including the pre-electoral phase and the campaigning period.
It is important that the election day was held in a peaceful environment. We take note of the preliminary findings and conclusions of the OSCE/ODIHR International Election Observation Mission on the Presidential elections in Belarus. According to the Mission, Belarus still has considerable way to go towards fulfilling its OSCE commitments for democratic elections.

Thu, 2010-12-02 16:06
Opening remarks of the acting Chargé d'affaires a.i. of the EU Delegation at the Information Day on EU Programmes in Education and Youth. «EU Programmes in Education and Youth: Opportunities for Belarus»  Ramunas Janusauskas

"The European Union strongly believes that education and training are essential for the development of today's knowledge society and economy.  The EU supports the modernization and strengthening of higher education institutions in the neighbouring partner countries, including Belarus, as well as the mobility of students and teachers through its flagship cooperation programmes, such as Tempus and Erasmus Mundus. 
Fri, 2010-11-12 15:33
Belarus and the European Union share much more than just a common border. Our cultural and economic ties go back many centuries.  We have a huge opportunity to see these ties go forward, and extended. This will be for our mutual benefit. As the European Union’s Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy, I am personally convinced of this and committed to prove it.
Fri, 2010-11-12 15:13
Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,
Having regard to Regulation (EC) No 1638/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 2006 laying down general provisions establishing a European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI)1, and in particular Article 12 thereof,
(1) The Commission has adopted the ENPI Strategy Paper 2007-2013 for Belarus and the Multiannual National Indicative Programme for the period 2007-20102, which provides for the following priorities: social and economic development (of which energy is a specific target sector) and democratic development and good governance (of which capacity building of national coordinating structures for assistance is envisaged).
Thu, 2010-10-07 18:13
The Heads of State or Government and representatives of the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, the representatives of the European Union and the Heads of State or Government and representatives of its Member States have met in Prague to bring their relationship to a new level by establishing the Eastern Partnership and have adopted the following Joint Declaration:
A more ambitious partnership between the European Union and the partner countries
1. The Eastern Partnership is launched as a common endeavour of the Member States of the European Union and their Eastern European Partners (hereinafter the partner countries), founded on mutual interests and commitments as well as on shared
ownership and responsibility.
Thu, 2006-11-23 14:03
The European Union has a special relationship with its closest neighbours around its eastern and southern borders. This is called the European Neighbourhood Policy. Through this policy, the EU works to support the political, economic and social reform processes of its neighbours, and to draw them closer to the EU, notably through gradual economic integration. This will allow for the further extension of a zone of prosperity, stability and security, thus sharing with the people of Belarus the benefits the EU (which includes three of Belarus’ neighbours -Latvia, Lithuania and Poland) has built over the last 50 years.
Thu, 2006-11-23 13:56

On November 21,  European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner is launching a document setting out what the EU could bring to Belarus, were Belarus to engage in democratisation and respect for human rights and rule of law. The document is being transmitted to the Belarus authorities today both in Minsk and Brussels. It contains concrete examples of how the people of Belarus could gain from a rapprochement between the EU and Belarus within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). Due to the current political conditions, it has so far not been possible for the EU to offer to Belarus the full advantages of the ENP, which are already enjoyed by other countries in the region including Ukraine and Moldova. The paper makes clear that “the people of Belarus are the first victims of the isolation imposed by the country’s authorities, and willl be the first to reap the benefits on offer to a democratic Belarus”.

Mon, 2006-10-16 22:00
Today, the Commission launches a €4.5 million programme to support scholarships for Belarusian students wanting to study abroad. Under this project, which will be implemented by the Nordic Council of Ministers, scholarships will be made available to Belarusian students from the start of this academic year. With the contribution of the Nordic Council of Ministers the programme totals €5 million.
Tue, 2006-04-04 22:00

The events in Minsk confirmed Mr Lukashenko’s determination to win this election come what may. Unfortunately, that was what we expected. However, what was less expected was the degree to which pluralistic forces were able to come together. This is highly a positive development and I congratulate them for it.

Thu, 2006-03-16 22:00

The new wave of arrests of opposition leaders in Belarus over the last two days is completely unacceptable.