Participation of the Prime Minister in videoconference of EU state and government heads on the situation in Belarus

The difficult post-election situation in Belarus will be the main topic of the videoconference of the heads of states and governments of the European Union which will be held on Wednesday, 19 August. The participants of the summit will focus on the possibilities of supporting the Belarusian society, as well as on the issues related to the protection of human rights beyond our eastern border. The videoconference is an initiative of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who from the very beginning has been actively involved in building international support for democratic changes in Belarus.


On the situation in Belarus during a special summit of the European Council

The heads of states and governments of the European Union will discuss the support strategy for the development of Belarusian civil society. They will also discuss possible actions aimed at strengthening the protection of human rights, for example through sanctions against the representatives of the Belarusian authorities.

The videoconference of the heads of the EU states and governments constitutes an implementation of the initiative of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. From the very beginning, Poland has been actively participating in building international support for democratic changes in Belarus. Immediately after the exit poll results, the head of the Polish government, in a letter to President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, called for an extraordinary summit of the European Council concerning the events in Belarus. The letter was followed by a telephone conversation with EU leaders which Prime Minister Morawiecki held the same day.

Support from Poland - the Solidarity with Belarus package

In response to the deteriorating socio-political situation in Belarus, the Polish government took decisive actions and adopted the Solidarity with Belarus aid package.

The main assumptions of the programme include:

  • helping the harmed and their families,
  • facilitating the crossing of the Polish-Belarusian border by people harmed or fleeing repression,
  • support for: students, young scientists and Belarusian youth, independent media and journalists, non-governmental organisations and civil society, as well as for the Polish minority living in Belarus.

Poland will allocate PLN 50 million for the implementation of the programme in the first year. These will be additional funds, over and above those allocated by Poland to other programs related to Belarus, such as Belsat TV.

 


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