EU-Belarus Meeting on Modernisation Issues Takes Place in Minsk (28/05/2014)

On 28 May 2014, in Minsk, a first EU-Belarus Interim Phase meeting on modernisation issues took place. The aim of the Interim Phase is to determine the best future form of cooperation between the EU and the Belarusian Government on modernisation issues, as stated in paragraph 29 of the Declaration of the Vilnius Eastern Partnership Summit. 

The meeting was led by Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus Alena Kupchyna and Gunnar Wiegand, Director for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, Regional Cooperation and OSCE at the European External Action Service.

Michael Koehler, Neighbourhood Director of the European Commission's Directorate General for Development and Cooperation, as well as representatives from Directorates General for Economic and Financial Affairs, and Enterprise have also participated at the meeting.

The discussions at today's meeting touched upon the issues related to economic governance, privatisation, and development of enterprise. It was agreed that the next meeting will take place in July in Brussels and tackle trade and investment related issues.

During the visit, Director Gunnar Wiegand also met with representatives of Belarusian civil society.