The European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe firmly oppose the death penalty at all times and in all circumstances. The death penalty is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment contrary to the right to life. The death penalty means revenge, not justice, and its abolition contributes to the enhancement of human dignity.
Neighbours Inspire! is the title of a communication campaign that will be held in Minsk and regional capitals of the country on the initiative of the Delegation of the European Union to Belarus. The campaign is aimed at highlighting the outcomes and outlining the prospects of the Poland-Belarus-Ukraine and Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus programmes of transboundary cooperation.
On 4 October, National Consultations were held in Minsk within the framework of the EU-initiated Eastern Partnership Consultations. The initiative is mainly aimed at outlining the short-term development strategy of the Eastern Partnership.
The outcomes of the past few years were summed at the EU-Belarus Cooperation: Hrodna Region information meeting that was held in Hrodna on the first of October. The event was attended by representatives of nongovernmental organisations, local authorities and government agencies. The event included presentations of the best practices; discussions of challenges, ideas and opportunities for new projects.
We regret to inform you that the visit of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, as well as the Eastern Partnership high-level event, which were planned for 4-5 October 2019 in Minsk, have been postponed due to a number of agenda changes of various participants, and following contacts with the Belarusian hosts.
On the occasion of the International Day of Democracy, the European Union reaffirms its commitment towards democracy as a fundamental right of every human being. Every woman and every man has to be free to participate to the political, economic and social life of her or his country. No one should fear to speak up, to demonstrate peacefully, to go to vote or to expect fair and inclusive policies from a government. Democracy can only function if participation and trust between democratic state institutions, governments and citizens are guaranteed.
The Development of Telecommunications Infrastructure at the Belarus-Lithuania Border (BOMBEL 4) Project, a joint international technical assistance project of the European Union, the State Border Committee of Belarus and the State Border Guard Service of the Ministry of the Interior of Lithuania, was officially launched in Minsk on 6 September.
A conference was held in Minsk on 5 September 2019 to present a new project, funded by the European Union, to support the digital economy and society, with the support of the Delegation of the European Union to Belarus and the Ministry of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus.
On this first International Day commemorating the victims of acts of violence based on religion or belief, we pay tribute to all those around the world who lost their lives and suffered attacks because of their religion or belief. Persecution as a response to religious belief or affiliation, or lack thereof, is a violation of international law and requires joint work to combat it.