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9 Dec 2015

Belarus-EU visa facilitation agreement ready for signing

MINSK, 9 December (BelTA) – The text of the agreement on facilitating visa regulations between Belarus and the European Union is ready for signing. The statement was made by Gunnar Wiegand, Deputy Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia of the European External Action Service (EEAS) during a press conference in the European Union representative office in Minsk on 9 December, BelTA has learned.

Gunnar Wiegand said: “Negotiations on facilitating visa procedures went well. Actually I can say that the text of the document is ready for signing as well as the readmission agreement.”

The official specified that both agreements are ready for signing but the diplomatic passports have to meet security standards. It is the only issue, which is being debated. “We hope it will be resolved soon,” he said.

The delegation of representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS), the Directorate-General for European Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) of the European Commission, and the Directorate-General for Trade (DG Trade) of the European Commission is in Minsk on 9-10 December on a working visit. The delegation is led by Gunnar Wiegand and Katarina Mathernova, DG NEAR Deputy Director General. Members of the delegation are expected to meet with representatives of the Belarus government, heads of diplomatic missions of the European Union member states, and representatives of international organizations for the sake of evaluating the state of Belarus-EU affairs and discussing further steps.

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