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Parliamentary questions
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28 August 2020
Question for written answer E-004691/2020/rev.1
to the Commission
Rule 138
Andrzej Halicki (PPE), Tomasz Frankowski (PPE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Method of distributing EU financial assistance for Belarus to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

At the extraordinary summit on Belarus, the EU decided to allocate EUR 53 million in financial assistance to the country, EUR 50 million of which was earmarked to help address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Belarus is in the grip of a political and humanitarian crisis. There is extensive evidence of beatings and repression committed by the authorities in the country against members of the public protesting about the rigged elections. What is more, the President of Belarus has made official statements maintaining that the COVID-19 pandemic does not really exist and does not pose a threat. With all that in mind, trust in government structures must be drastically reduced and EU cooperation with the Belarusian Government, especially in financial and medical matters, must be stopped. Representatives of the EU institutions have spoken publicly about this.

In the light of the foregoing, can the Commission state how it intends to provide EUR 50 million in aid to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Belarus and ensure that the funding is not used by the Lukashenko regime for purposes other than medical ones? Has the Commission drawn up scenarios for action under which the money would go directly to the people affected by the pandemic, or to those treating them, rather than to the disgraced government administration? Is this technically possible?

Original language of question: PL
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