Working groups of the European Dialogue on Modernisation held start-up meetings

On 18, 21, and 23 May, the Delegation of the European Union to Belarus hosted start-up technical meetings of the four working groups of "the European Dialogue on Modernisation". The meetings were co-chaired by Member States' Heads of Missions. The four working groups - (a) political dialogue and reform; (b) justice and home affairs, including mobility; people-to-people contacts; c) economic, social reform and sector policy issues, including privatisation; d) trade, market and regulatory reforms - exchanged views on potential work programme and priorities.

In March 2012, the Foreign Affairs Council welcomed the launching of a European Dialogue on Modernisation. The Dialogue was officially launched at an event in Brussels by Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy. The European Dialogue on Modernisation is a multi-stakeholder exchange of views with the following objectives: (i) to develop a clearer understanding by the EU and by Belarusian stakeholders on the vision of a modern and democratic Belarus, and on the necessary reforms; (ii) to clarify the related potential development of relations with the EU, based on the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership, as well as possible EU support in this regard; (iii) for Belarusian stakeholders to gain practical knowledge and insight from EU Member States’ experiences as regards transition processes.

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