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Status of inter-parliamentary relations between the European Parliament and Belarus

For political reasons, the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with Belarus has not held inter-parliamentary meetings with a Belarusian counterpart so far.

The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) considers that the Belarus's "constitutional and legal framework does not adequately guarantee the conduct of elections in line with OSCE commitments and other international obligations and standards". The European Parliament is therefore unable to consider Belarus's members of parliament as democratically elected parliamentarians.

For the moment, the current political conditions have also made it impossible for the EU to offer to Belarus the full advantages of the Eastern Partnership policy, and specifically those stemming from the Association Agreements/Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas in force between the EU and Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine (separately) and those arising from other Partnership Agreements initialled or under negotiation with Armenia and Azerbaijan. However, the EU and Belarus are currently conducting a dialogue through the EU-Belarus Coordination Group on several political and economic aspects which might be conducive to better cooperation in the future.