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13 Oct 2016

EU-Belarus Mobility Partnership launched in Luxembourg

MINSK, 13 October (BelTA) – Belarusian Interior Minister Igor Shunevich signed a joint declaration to launch a Mobility Partnership of the Republic of Belarus, the European Union and the EU member states participating in the partnership in Luxembourg on 13 October, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Interior Ministry.

The signing ceremony was organized by the European Commission, the Slovak Republic which currently presides over the Council of the European Union, and the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union. The document was inked on the sidelines of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting.

Belarusian Interior Minister Igor Shunevich noted that Belarus is interested in developing mutually beneficial, constructive cooperation with the European Union. Migration and mobility are among the most promising cooperation areas. “International migration has reached such a scale that no country is the world, however developed it is, is able to solve the problems caused by the migration processes alone. I am confident that this joint declaration will help us advance our cooperation to a new level and join our efforts for better management of migration flows,” the minister said.

The declaration is the first key instrument regulating the cooperation between Belarus and the countries of the European Union in the field of migration. The document envisages measures to boost cooperation in the areas of legal and labor migration, readmission, security of identity and travel documents, prevention and combating of irregular migration, including smuggling of migrants and trafficking in human beings, and also granting of asylum and protection of refugees.

Belarus closely cooperates with a number of international organizations in establishing an effective and humane system for the management of migration flows in compliance with international norms and standards.

Belarus became a full-fledged member of the International Organization for Migration in 2005 when it declared its commitment to free movement of persons. The current migration situation in Belarus is stable.

The signing of the declaration is an important step in the negotiations with the European Union on relaxation of visa procedures and readmission.

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