Relations between the EU and Belarus
The European Union remains committed to a policy of critical engagement with Belarus, seeking to build relations based on respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The EU stands ready to assist Belarus in meeting its international obligations in this regard. In its relations with Belarus, the Union is governed by successive conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council. Most recently, Council Conclusions on Belarus were adopted in February 2016.
Following the parliamentary elections in Belarus in September 2016, the European Union called for a comprehensive electoral reform in Belarus as part of a broader democratisation process, which will be the key for unlocking the full potential of EU-Belarus relations. The EU underlined that it is committed to a stable, democratic and prosperous future of Belarus, for the benefit of the people of the country, and will continue its work with this objective firmly in mind.
The EU looks forward to conclusion of negotiations and signing of a visa facilitation agreement, readmission agreement with Belarus.
Belarus and the EU already maintain regular sectoral dialogues on economic and environmental issues, as well as energy and transport, and in 2015 the EU and Belarus resumed their Human Rights Dialogue. The EU would like to expand sectoral dialogues also to other areas, such as sanitary and phyto-sanitary issues, research and innovation, energy matters, as well as an enhanced dialogue on customs matters.
The EU seeks to work closely with Belarus, in a spirit of co-ownership and based on mutual interests in the framework of the renewed European Neighbourhood Policy.
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