EU-Belarus relations are currently governed by the Conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council as last set out on 15 October 2012.
Ratification of an EU-Belarus Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (negotiated in 1995) has been frozen since 1997 in response to the political situation in the country: the violations of electoral standards in Belarus' presidential elections (especially in 2010) and the ensuing crackdown on civil society, political opposition and independent media.
The EU is committed to a policy of critical engagement towards Belarus, through:
Assistance for Belarus
Belarus is covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy but, in view of the political situation, no action plan is yet in place.
Belarus is also a member of the Eastern Partnership initiative, but participates only in its multilateral track.
Assistance for Belarus is granted under the Country Strategy Paper 2007‑13 and focuses on: