Situation in Belarus and speech by opposition leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya 

On Wednesday at 12.00, Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya will speak in the European Parliament’s hemicycle in Strasbourg.

The visit by Ms Tsikhanouskaya comes amid a continuing geopolitical crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border. The Belarusian dictatorial regime has been funnelling migrants primarily from the Middle East to the country’s border with the EU, and in particular Poland, as revenge for EU-imposed sanctions.

In response, the EU has agreed to expand the bloc’s existing restrictive measures on Belarus to target, among others, airlines and officials involved in bringing migrants to the EU-Belarus border areas.

Situation at the EU-Belarus border and the security and humanitarian consequences

On Tuesday afternoon, MEPs will also hold a separate plenary debate with Council and Commission on the security and humanitarian consequences of the situation in Belarus and at its border with the EU.

Debate and Formal Sitting

Debate: Tuesday, 23 November, Formal sitting on Wednesday, 24 November