EU Political and Security Committee to visit Belarus

The Political and Security Committee (PSC) of the European Union will pay a visit to Belarus on November, 21. The delegation will be led by Ambassador Walter Stevens, Chairman of the Committee.

While in Minsk, the Delegation will exchange views with representatives of the authorities, political opposition and civil society of Belarus on the state and prospects of EU-Belarus relations.

The PSC is composed of EU member states’ ambassadors based in Brussels. It is a permanent structure of the Council of the European Union. The mission of the PSC is to monitor the international situation in the areas covered by the EU Common Foreign and Security Policyand to prepare the Council of EU Ministers. The Committee plays a key role in the EU’s political dialogue.

Meanwhile, the EU-Belarus Coordination Group met in Minsk on 16-17 November 2016, following an initial meeting in April 2016. In all its meetings, the EU delegation recalled that tangible steps taken by Belarus to respect universal fundamental freedoms, the rule of law and human rights, including the abolition of the death penalty, will remain key for the shaping of the EU’s future policy towards Belarus.

In the course of the EU-Belarus Coordination Group meeting, a broad list of subjects including mobility, people to people contacts, trade, customs, transport, environment, energy, research, education, sanitary and phyto-sanitary standards, agriculture and social security were discussed. A specific session was dedicated to human rights and political freedoms., following

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