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27 Apr 2018

Belarus’ participation in Eastern Partnership discussed in Minsk

MINSK, 27 April (BelTA) –The fifth session of the Belarus-EU Coordination Group was held in Minsk on 26-27 April, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Belarusian delegation was headed by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Oleg Kravchenko. The European delegation was led by Thomas Mayr-Harting, Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia in the European External Action Service.

The Belarusian delegation included representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, experts of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Interior Ministry, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, the Economy Ministry, the Justice Ministry, the State Border Committee, the State Committee on Science and Technology, other government bodies and organizations.

The participants of the meeting discussed the current state of bilateral relations, the participation of Belarus in the EU Eastern Partnership Initiative, human rights. They also reviewed the prospects of cooperation in education, environment protection, science, transport, the digital economy, energy. Cooperation in migration and EU programs of international technical assistance were also on the agenda of the meeting.

Some Belarusian non-governmental organizations took part in a number of segments of the Coordination Group.

The first meeting of the Belarus-EU Coordination Group was held in April 2016. The group has been set up to provide opportunities for a structured political dialogue on all the issues of the Belarus-EU cooperation.

Meetings are held every six months. They are attended by representatives of the European Commission, the European External Action Service, Belarusian government bodies.

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