EU-funded assistance and cooperation with Belarus involves nearly €100 mln euros worth of projects including regional and thematic both ongoing and in preparation.
EU-Belarus cooperation is based on successive Conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council of the EU including that of the 31 January 2011. Projects supported by the EU in Belarus follow the guidelines of the Country Strategy Paper and the National Indicative Programme . These documents provide for two key priority areas in technical cooperation between the EU and Belarus Priority Area 1 – Good governance and people to people contacts and Priority Area 2 – Economic modernisation.
EU assistance to Belarus concentrates mainly on the areas of energy, environment, food safety, regional and local development, higher education, as well as on civil society, media and the social domain. Part of its assistance focuses on the areas of Belarus which were affected by the Chernobyl disaster and on measures of nuclear safety.
In addition, Belarus is also involved in regional and cross-border cooperation projects in areas such as transport, border management and customs, migration and asylum, measures against human and drug trafficking, management of man-made and natural disasters, and other areas of regional and cross-border importance. There are three cross-border cooperation areas where Belarus is a participating country: Poland-Belarus-Ukraine, Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus and Baltic Sea Region. Regional dimension is also addressed in the multilateral domain of the newly launched Eastern Partnership.
EU ACTIVITIES IN BELARUS [3 MB]
The publication is a compendium of the EU activities in Belarus. Its structure shadows the priorities of the National Indicative Programme for Belarus 2012-2013 . Each sector section has a brief summary of the EU activities in the respective sector and more detailed information about planned, current and past projects. In addition, the document contains references to key documents and policy initiatives related to Belarus.