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 2014-2020 and focuses on:
All programmes funded by the EU are to the benefit of Belarusian people at large and include significant support to civil society.
High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn are launching today a consultation on the future of the European Neighbourhood Policy(ENP)