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Parliamentary questions
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10 April 2019
Answer given by Mr Hahn on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000141/2019

Within the framework of the 20 Deliverables for 2020 and the Mobility Partnership with Belarus, the EU promotes mobility and enhanced border management in line with EU standards. EU support, under the Strengthening Surveillance Capacity on the ‘Green’ and ‘Blue’ Border between the Republic of Belarus and Ukraine (SURCAP) programme, aims to contribute to enhanced security levels on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border and improved international cooperation between the border services of the two countries.

The equipment funded is standard border surveillance equipment. The equipment fully supports the work of border guards of Belarus and Ukraine within their mandate in surveillance, control and security of the state borders. Furthermore, the programme promotes respect for human rights and complements the internal reform and capacity-building process in the area of irregular migration, smuggling, human trafficking and organised crime. The equipment delivered is located in four border detachments (Gomel, Pinsk, Mozyr, Brest) of the Belarus State Border Committee close to the border with Ukraine and is used for daily border surveillance activities.

The EU monitors carefully and at different levels the situation with human rights in Belarus and calls on the authorities to implement all relevant international norms. Regular dialogues, including the EU-Belarus Dialogue on Human Rights, allows the EU to step up its efforts in ensuring that any actions by law enforcement authorities would not have a possible negative impact.

Last updated: 10 April 2019Legal notice