European Parliament and Belarus

Wed, 2011-05-25 14:57
Recent tectonic changes in the EU Southern Neighbourhood made us realise that EU policy, although focused on building peace and security as well as on strengthening prosperity and stability at the EU borders, has not reached its deliverables and therefore must be fundamentally redesigned. We welcome in this respect the March Joint Communication on A Partnership for Democracy and Shared Prosperity with the Southern Mediterranean (COM(2011)200) setting a new approach rooted in a joint commitment to shared values.  At the same time we cannot forget about the equally important component of the European Neighbourhood Policy - the Eastern Partnership (EaP). Launched in 2009 with the Prague Declaration, this ambitious and forward-looking project aims to support reforms and bring our Eastern partners closer to the EU, at the same time expecting them to commit themselves to undertaking the necessary political and economic
Fri, 2011-05-13 10:26 Parliament resolution of 12 May 2011 on Belarus

The European Parliament ,

–  having regard to its previous resolutions on Belarus, in particular those of 10 March 2011, 20 January 2011 and 17 December 2009,

–  having regard to the statement issued by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, on  18 February 2011 on the conviction and sentencing of a Belarusian opposition representative, and to the statement issued by her spokesperson on 10 April 2011 on the crackdown on the independent media in Belarus,
Fri, 2011-04-08 14:03
The European Parliament  calls on Member States to make use of all of the flexibility available within the EU visa code when issuing Schengen visas; urges the Commission and other donors to support the development of democratically oriented political parties in Belarus and the creation of larger NGOs and civil-society organisations, as well as to support community and civic initiatives in the Belarusian regions;
Thu, 2009-12-17 13:02

The European Parliament welcomes the constructive and active participation of Belarus in the Eastern Partnership, an initiative aimed at strengthening democracy and the rule of law and promoting European cooperation; regards Belarus's participation in the Eastern Partnership as a way forward to promote further dialogue with the European Union and deeper rapprochement based on a readiness and commitment on the part of Belarus to attain these objectives; welcomes trilateral cooperation between Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine in the framework of the Eastern Partnership, with priority given to projects on integrated border management, transport and transit, the common cultural and historical heritage, social security and energy security;

Urges Belarus to continue to cooperate with the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR) on the electoral code and expects the new Electoral Law to be in line with international standards and to enter into the force before the local elections planned for spring 2010.

Insists that clear and significant progress towards democratisation is expected within the next year in order for the sanctions to be completely lifted and that the conditions for full re-engagement with Belarus should be

Thu, 2009-12-03 13:20
In my capacity of a Chairman of the European Delegation for Relations with Belarus I would like to express my deep concern about the situation of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party (BCD). In my last statement as of 17 April 2009 I had already communicated my disappointment about the denial of registration of the BCD. My concerns grow as regards the forthcoming decision on the registration of this party by the Belarusian Ministry of Justice that is foreseen for the next week. I closely follow the situation of the civil society organizations and political parties in Belarus. To my knowledge the BCD held two Founding Conventions – 28 February and 31 October 2009.
Wed, 2009-07-15 13:51
 I observe with deep concern the criminal cases brought against three opponents of the Belarusian government. Mr Mikalay Awtukhovich, Mr Yury Lyavonaw and Mr Uladzimir Asipenka have been in pre-trial detention for nearly 5 months since February 2009. They were formally charged with “deliberate destruction of or damage to property caused in a way dangerous to the public or the intentional infliction of large-scale damage” on 18 February. The investigation period was to expire on 3 July. The fact that the three detainees have not been released until today means that the investigation is extended. In this context I am especially concerned about the health of Mr Mikalay Awtukhovich who has been on a hunger strike for almost 80 days already.
Moreover, I would like to condemn the one-year prison sentence that was imposed on young opposition activist Artsyom Dubski on 7 July 2009. Mr Dubski was one of the 11 persons arrested during the demonstration in January 2008 and condemned under the Article 342 of the Criminal Code of Belarus for "taking part in or organizing actions that gravely disturb public order" and sentenced to between one and a half and two years of restricted freedom. Furthermore Mr Artsyom Dubski was facing prosecution under Article 415 of the Criminal Code for violating the conditions of his sentence resulting in the mentioned above court decision of 1 year  imprisonment. I underline that all those young people participated in a peaceful protest in Minsk in January 2008 and I believe they have been sentenced to a punishment which amounts to imprisonment for the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of assembly and expression.
Wed, 2007-03-14 13:01



- The Chairman -




by Mr Bodgan KLICH, Chairman of the Delegation for relations with Belarus on the arrest of Mr Vincuk Viachorka and Mr Vyachaslau Siuchyk



Strasbourg, 14 March 2007. On behalf of the delegation for relations with Belarus, I strongly condemn the arrests of the leader of the Belarusian Popular Front Mr Vincuk Viachorka and of an opposition activist Mr Vyachaslau Siuchyk yesterday evening in Minsk and demand for their immediate release.


I am dismayed that these troubling events in the eve of the celebration of the Belarusian Freedom Day on 25 March 2007 and further deteriorating situation of democracy in Belarus go contrary to the recent rhetoric of the Belarusian leadership and regrettably do not yet allow the possibility for improvement in the relations between the European Union and Belarus.


Tue, 2006-11-07 23:09

Belarus Caucus is an informal working group with the aim to bring together all those in the European Parliament who want to contribute to change in Belarus.

Membership is open to all members who are committed to a free and democratic Belarus. The Caucus links MEPs inside and outside the EU-Belarus delegation and complements the delegation’s work. The Caucus contributes to formulating a clear and coherent position of the European Parliament on change in Belarus and mobilising political support for this position at the European level.

Aims of the initiative are to:
• contribute to the development of a coherent and more effective European policy for Belarus;
• encourage exchange of knowledge and experiences between experts, NGOs and policy makers;
• establish and maintain contact with the Belarusian democratic opposition and civil society; mobilise political support for the opposition in word and practice.

The Caucus was established in April 2006 on the initiative of Jan Marinus Wiersma and Joseph Muscat (PES), Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and Janusz Onyszkiewicz (ALDE), Bogdan Klich and Aldis Kuskis (EPP) and Elisabeth Schroedter and Milan Horáček (Greens/EFA).

Today, the following parliamentarians are members of the Belarus Caucus:

Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert (ALDE), Arpad Duka-Zуlyomi (EPP-ED), Eugenijus Gentvilas (ALDE), Toomas Hendrik Ilves (PES), Milan Horacek (Greens), Bogdan Klich (EPP-ED), Barbara Kudrycka (EPP-ED), Aldis Kuskis (EPP), Anne Jensen (ALDE), Joseph Muscat (PES), Janusz Onyszkiewicz (ALDE), Justas Paleckis (PES), Aloyzas Sakalas (PES), Elisabeth Schroedter (Greens), Konrad Szymanski (UEN), Jacek Emil Saryusz-Wolski (EPP-ED).

Thu, 2006-04-27 15:22

The delegation of the European Parliament for Relations with Belarus strongly condemns the arrests of Mr. Milinkevich, Mr. Viacorka, Mr. Liabedzka, Mr. Kaliakin, and all other members of the opposition, following the peaceful demonstration in Minsk to mark the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.