Source: Republic of Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs in English
The fifth meeting of the EU-Belarus Coordination Group was held in Minsk on April 26-27, 2018.
The EU-Belarus Coordination Group held its first meeting in April 2016. This format was created in order to provide a structured political dialogue on the whole range of bilateral cooperation between Belarus and the European Union.
The meetings are held twice a year, attended by the representatives of the European Commission, the European External Action Service as well as government bodies of the Republic of Belarus.
The Belarusian delegation was led by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Oleg Kravchenko. The Managing Director of the Service for European and Central Asian Affairs, Thomas Mayer-Harting, headed the European delegation.
The representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, experts from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Justice, the State Border Committee, the State Committee on Science and Technology and other government bodies and organizations also joined the Belarusian delegation.
During the event the participants of the meeting have discussed the current state of bilateral relations, participation of the Republic of Belarus in the EU Eastern Partnership initiative and issues on human rights.
Future interaction in the field of education, environmental protection, science, transport, digital economy and energy received particular attention.
The agenda also included cooperation in the sphere of migration and in the framework of the EU’s international technical assistance programs.
Representatives of several Belarusian non-governmental organizations took part in a number of segments of the Coordination Group.