On 9 December, the first Festo Industry 4.0 Technologies and Mechatronics Certified Training Centre (FACT) was opened in Minsk at the Modern Mechanical Engineering and Automotive Care Technologies College of the Republican Institute for Vocational Education. This is the first training centre of this kind in the CIS.
We celebrate this year the 10th anniversary of the Charter of the Fundamental Rights and the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Yet these rights continue to be challenged around the world. In particular, children and youth continue to be the main victims of human rights violations. They are forced to seek refuge, recruited as soldiers, forced into child labour or torn apart from their families against their will.
The recent years’ outcomes and new opportunities for development were discussed at the EU-Belarus Cooperation: Viciebsk Region information meeting that was held in the Viciebsk Region Executive Committee on 27 October.
The European Union reaffirms today its support to the universal ban on chemical weapons. It is a tribute to all those who have lost their lives or loved ones and suffered harm from chemical weapons as well as a commitment to promoting peace and security.
The Chemical Weapons Convention and the crucial work of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have contributed to eliminating 97% of chemical weapons stockpiles declared by possessor states. This makes the Chemical Weapons Convention the world's most successful disarmament treaty.
This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history that has helped transform children's lives around the world for the better.
Yesterday's parliamentary elections in the Republic of Belarus took place in an overall calm atmosphere. Nevertheless, it was a lost opportunity to conduct elections fully in line with international standards.
Around 100 media professionals, donors, EU officials and representatives of media development organisations met in Riga, Latvia, on 13-14 November for “The Eastern Partnership Media Conference 2019: Business and Sustainability". The Conference was an opportunity to discuss strategies for increasing the viability of independent media in Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries, and was organised by the European Commission with the support of the European External Action Service and the Government of Latvia.
Today, on 6 November, heads of the diplomatic missions of European Union Member States, Switzerland, the Chargé d'Affaires of the United States of America in Belarus, as well as ambassadors and other colleagues from embassies of Eastern Partnership countries working in Belarus, made a visit to Kurapaty. It has become a tradition for diplomats serving in Minsk to gather on or around Dzyady, the time of year when Belarusians honour t