Brussels, 20 February 2013
EU-Belarus Discussing ways to strengthen European Dialogue on Modernisation
On 20 February in Brussels, the Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle met with eight representatives of Belarusian civil society, the coordinators of the European Dialogue on Modernisation with Belarusian society. The priorities for modernisation in Belarus and how these could be achieved were the main topics of the meeting as well as the conditions for the work of NGOs more generally. The Commissioner took careful note of the proposals which inter alia cover issues of judicial, social and economic reforms.
Commissioner Füle stressed the importance of support to civil society in Belarus as a matter of priority for the EU. "The Dialogue on Modernisation is a very good example showing that civil society is ready to make an important contribution to the country's modernisation. I hope that Belarusian authorities will notice this readiness and will consider their own input into this Dialogue. I consider it as an important tool for the preparation of necessary reforms and modernisation plans of the country."