The Conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council of 15 October 2012 paved the way for EU-Belarus relations.
Ratification of an EU-Belarus Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (negotiated in 1995) has been frozen since 1997 in response to the political situation in the country: the violations of electoral standards in Belarus' presidential elections (especially in 2010) and the ensuing crackdown on civil society, political opposition and independent media.
The EU is committed to a policy of critical engagement towards Belarus, through:
Assistance for Belarus
All programmes funded by the EU are to the benefit of Belarusian people at large and include significant support to civil society.
High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn are launching today a consultation on the future of the European Neighbourhood Policy(ENP)