Welcome from the Chair

COVID-19 pandemic

The Delegation for relations with Belarus has modified its programme of activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The changes have been mandated by the President of the European Parliament and its political leaders. The aim is to enable Parliament to exercise its core functions, while complying with the duty of care for its Members and staff and protecting public health.

While the D-BY delegation is currently unable to travel, Members will be meeting to discuss the situation in Belarus.

As activities resume, details will be published on this page.

Welcome to the website of the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with Belarus (D-BY).

The Delegation was established in 1994, shortly after Belarus regained its independence. Currently, the European Parliament does not have official relations with the Parliament of Belarus, due to the country's failure, so far, to conduct free and fair elections and to fulfil international standards for democracy and the rule of law.

EU-Belarus relations are therefore currently governed by the principle of "critical engagement", as stated in the conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council of 15 February 2016: tangible steps taken by Belarus to enshrine fundamental freedoms, the rule of law and human rights will remain essential criteria to shape the EU's future policy towards this country.

Within these well-defined parameters, the Delegation maintains an active and close dialogue with representatives of the country's political forces, independent non-governmental organisations and civil society actors.

Regular meetings are held in Brussels and Strasbourg to discuss the development of EU policy towards Belarus, and to assess the political and economic situation in the country as well as the latest developments regarding democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

The Delegation travelled to Minsk, in the previous legislature, in June 2015, in July 2017 and, at Bureau level, in October 2018. Some noticeable improvements of the situation were observed, albeit a lot remained to be done.

In recent years, Belarus has also engaged in a dialogue with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and initiated reforms aimed at facilitating its future accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). It has also made laudable progress in the protection of the environment and in public governance, concluded arduous negotiations on visa facilitation and readmissions with the EU and resumed the dialogue on human rights since July 2015 in the framework of the EU-Belarus Human Rights Dialogue.

The EU and Belarus are currently advancing well in their negotiations on new, tailor-made Partnership Priorities aimed at giving new impetus and direction to their relations in the years to come.

In this challenging context, I look forward to helping create - through the activities of our Delegation - the potential for a positive change for the people of Belarus.

Robert Biedroń

Next meeting

16-01-2020 15:40
A visit of the Bureau of the Delegation for relations with Belarus to Minsk will take place from 24 to 28 February 2020.