Delegacja do spraw stosunków z Białorusią : Posiedzenia zwyczajne

DROI Committee meeting of 19 June 2018 in association with the Delegation, Brussels 

The following topic was discussed:
Presentation of a study on 'Human rights in Belarus: The EU's role since 2016', in the presence of the Belarusian Association of Journalists

Euronest PA WG Belarus meeting of 26 June 2018 with Delegation Members, Brussels 

In the meeting of the Euronest PA Working Group on Belarus the following topics were discussed:
  • Exchange of views with Mr Dirk SCHUEBEL, Head of Division for "Eastern Partnership - Bilateral" at the EEAS and Mr Lawrence MEREDITH, Director for "Neighbourhood East" at the European Commission's DG NEAR, on the state of play of relations between the European Union and Belarus
  • Exchange of views with Mr Alexander KREMER, Country Manager for Belarus at the World Bank, and Mr Luca GATTINI, Regional economist for Eastern Neighbourhood at the European Investment Bank (EIB) on economic perspectives and reforms in Belarus
  • Exchange of views with representatives of the Belarusian opposition on the current economic situation in Belarus

Meeting of 22 March 2018, Brussels 

The meeting included the following items:
  • Outcome of the local elections held in Belarus on 18 February 2018

Speakers:
- Mr Kent HÄRSTEDT, Vice-Chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and Chairman of its Ad Hoc Working Group on Belarus;
- Mr Valiantsin STEFANOVIC, Vice-President of the Belarusian Human Rights Centre "Viasna" and election-expert

  • State of play in the negotiation of the EU-BY Partnership Priorities and recent developments in the EU-Belarus relations

Speakers:
- Mr Lawrence MEREDITH, Director for Neighbourhood East, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), European Commission
- Mr Dirk SCHUEBEL, Head of Division, Eastern Partnership bilateral, European External Action Service (EEAS)

Meeting of 23 November 2017, Brussels 

The meeting included an exchange of views with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Mr Francis MALIGE, Managing Director, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus on economic perspective and reform opportunities in Belarus.

Meeting of 12 October 2017, Brussels 

The meeting included the following items:

- debriefing by Mr Bogdan A. ZDROJEWSKI, Chairman of the Delegation for relations with Belarus, on the mission of the Delegation for relations with Belarus to Minsk on 18-19 July 2017

- exchange of views Mr William ALBERQUE, Director, Arms Control, Disarmament, and WMD Non-Proliferation Centre at NATO HQ, on the Zapad 2017 exercise

- exchange of views with Mr Lawrence MEREDITH, Director for Neighbourhood East in the Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations in the European Commission, with Mr Boris IAROCHEVITCH, Head of Division for the Eastern Partnership, Regional Cooperation and OSCE in the European External Action Service and Mr Dirk LORENZ, Deputy Head of Division for the Eastern Partnership in the European External Action Service, on the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly from 30 October - 1 November 2017 in Kiev and the Eastern Partnership Summit on 24 November 2017 in Brussels.

Meeting of 10 July 2017, Brussels 

The Delegation for relations with Belarus held an In Camera meeting on 10 July 2017 in Brussels for the preparation of their mission to Minsk on 18-19 July 2017.

Meeting of 29 June 2017, Brussels 

The PA Working Group on Belarus in association with the EP Delegation for relations with Belarus, held their 11th meeting on 29 June 2017, in Brussels.
The Agenda included two exchange of views:
  1. on the role of civil society in the field of education and, in particular, in the implementation of the Bologna process in Belarus
    Speakers:
    - Mr Vladimir DOUNAEV, Belarusian Independent Bologna Committee
    - Mr Lawrence MEREDITH, Director for Neighbourhood East, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), European Commission
    -Mr Adam TYSON, Head of Higher Education Unit at DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission
  2. on the dialogue with Belarus on migration, including labour mobility;
    Speaker:
    - Ms Silja KASMANN, International Relations Officer, Desk officer for Belarus, DG Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission.
During the meeting the planning of the working group's work for the second half of 2017 was also discussed.

Meeting of 11 May 2017, Brussels 

The meeting included an exchange of views with on the 26th OSCE PA Annual Session in Minsk on 5-9 July 2017, with:
  • Mr Kent HÄRSTEDT, Vice-Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and Chair of its Ad Hoc Working Group on Belarus.

Meeting of 13 October 2016, Brussels 

The meeting included an exchange of views on the outcome of the parliamentary elections in Belarus with:
  • Ms Tana DE ZULUETA, Head of the OSCE/ODIHR long-term election observation mission in Belarus,
  • Mr Kent HÄRSTEDT, Vice-President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and Special Coordinator of the OSCE short-term observation missions to Belarus in 2016 and 2015,
  • Mr Thomas MAYR-HARTING, Managing Director for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia and the OSCE, European External Action Service.
An exchange of views was also held with representatives of the opposition from Belarus on the political situation in the country and on the outcome of the legislative elections.

Meeting of 26 May 2016, Brussels 

The Chair provided a debriefing on the EPP political group working visit to Belarus on 15-18 May 2016.
An exchange of views was held in anticipation of the upcoming parliamentary elections in Belarus on 11 September 2016, with:
  • Mr Vladimir MISEV, Election Adviser, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

Meeting of 3 March 2016, Brussels 

The meeting included an exchange of views on the economic situation in Belarus, with:
  • Dr Marek DABROWSKI, Professor of Economics and Research Fellow at the Bruegel think tank.