Brussels, 25 July 2013
New European Union support on health and development for Belarusian people
The European Commission has adopted a new programme for Belarus which will promote healthy lifestyles, as well as local and regional development.
The programme includes two areas for the benefit of the population at large. The first will focus on improving healthcare and wellbeing of Belarusians. It will encourage the modernisation of the healthcare system, adaptation of the main laboratories for testing medical products to international standards, prevention of non-communicable diseases and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.
The second action will promote regional development and better living conditions of communities in the Grodno and Minsk regions , through capacity building activities (such as providing expertise and training) and support for citizens’ initiatives (such as facilitating partnerships among local authorities and civil society, providing training or funding opportunities for local community projects).
“Providing increased support to the citizens of Belarus is vital for the EU's engagement with Belarusian society. This new assistance will contribute to making a difference for Belarusian people and contribute to improving their quality of life. By focusing on society, we also wish to promote a better understanding of the European Union and its core values.” said Štefan Füle, Commissioner of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy.
This programme is part of the Eastern Partnership initiative, which represents the Eastern dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy and aims to bring closer to the European Union six Eastern neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
The Programme 2013 has two components:
International accreditation of testing laboratories for medical products and support to healthcare in Belarus (BELMED): with a total EU contribution of €8 million, the main objective is to contribute to the improvement of healthcare and wellbeing of the Belarusian population. The action focuses on 3 elements:
Extension of the programme "Support to regional and local development in Belarus" (RELOAD-2): with €3.5 million, it will extend the regional programme, approved in 2011, to two other regions: Grodno (west) and Minsk (central). The action has 2 components:
For more information
Download the Annual Action Programme 2013 for Belarus:
Belarus on DG Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid website:
Delegation of the European Union to Belarus:
External relations EU-Belarus:
Website of the Commissioner Štefan Füle: