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’ EU is with them […] in their fight for freedom and democracy. “
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 of EU.
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 ofEU are steadfast, tweeted Charles Michel, after his meeting with Ms. Tikhanovskaya.
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 the EU to act more firmly against the regime of President Lukashenko, whose re-election Brussels does not recognize.
L’EU recently adopted a new set of sanctions against Minsk, accusing the regime of orchestrating a migration crisis at its borders.