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Tens of millions of dollars more for Belarusian civil society

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Today, we are stepping up our support with an additional 30 million euros for young people, independent media, small and medium-sized enterprises in exile and cultural actors., Ms von der Leyen announced on Twitter.

This announcement comes in addition to a support plan already adopted in December 2020 to encourage in particular initiatives of local communities and citizens’ groups.

The plan also provided for a scholarship program for students and young professionals affected by the political crisis, business advisory services and support for public health initiatives.

Prior to Sunday’s announcement, EU aid to Belarusian civil society stood at more than $ 47.4 million since August 2020.

The citizens of Belarus have a legitimate right to determine the fate of their country. L’European Union is with them […] in their fight for freedom and democracy.

A quote from Ursula von der Leyenl, President of the European Commission

She added that the leader of the opposition to the Lukashenko regime was a source of inspiration for all of us.

The opponent also met Sunday with the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel.

A summit without the main country concerned

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya had indicated that she wanted to discuss in Brussels the future of EU-Belarus relations, in particular financial assistance, but also from the Eastern Partnership ofEuropean Union.

A summit devoted to this partnership is being organized in Brussels on Wednesday, but without a representative from Minsk, which announced in June to cease participating in it in response to the sanctions adopted by the Twenty-Seven against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko following the political repression in the former Soviet republic.

EU are unwavering “,” text “:” Our support for the people of Belarus will not diminish. […] The unity and solidarity of the EU are unwavering “}}”>Our support for the people of Belarus will not diminish. […] The unity and solidarity ofEuropean Union are steadfast, tweeted Charles Michel, after his meeting with Ms. Tikhanovskaya.

L’European Union required immediate release of some 900 political prisoners, he recalled.

Ms. Tikhanovskaïa, who in 2020 received the Sakharov Prize for the Defense of Human Rights on behalf of democratic opposition of Belarus, called in November theEuropean Union to act more firmly against the regime of President Lukashenko, whose re-election Brussels does not recognize.

L’European Union recently adopted a new set of sanctions against Minsk, accusing the regime of orchestrating a migration crisis at its borders.

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