It was a productive meeting. It is most encouraging to see that all politicians – regardless of their environment – agree on the essentials, namely on the independence of Belarus said the Head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister Michał Dworczyk after the meeting with the representatives of the parliamentary groups.
We are building international support for transformations in Belarus
The Head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister announced that during the meeting the Prime Minister presented measures taken by the government in the international arena. All parties emphasised the need for cooperation, and the intensification of activities of parliamentary diplomacy was discussed to ensure that the issue of Belarus was regularly addressed in the international arena.
The Prime Minister also discussed the next activities of the government. He mentioned, among other things, a visit to Lithuania where intergovernmental consultations would take place. The situation in Belarus will be one of the issues raised during such consultations. Michał Dworczyk also announced that he would present the ‘Marshall Plan’ for Belarus on behalf of the V4 group partners at the next summit of the European Council.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has been actively participating in building international support for democratic transformations in Belarus from the first day after the election. The meeting of the European Council dedicated to Belarus was convened on his initiative. The Prime Minister has been in regular contact with the leaders of the EU Member States and governments.
‘United with Belarus’ aid package
Poland borders on Belarus, and it feels responsible for its neighbours. Fundamental changes are taking place east of the border, to which Europe cannot be indifferent. In response to the deteriorating situation the Polish government has adopted the “United with Belarus” aid package.
The meeting participants were also presented with the report on aid package.
Over 40 people, who were the victims of violence, have already received aid said Minister Michał Dworczyk. He also announced the support of programmes for Belarusian students, which will enable them and academic staff members to study at Polish universities.
‘Poland. Business Harbour’ Programme
We wish all Belarusians could live in their country in a free and unhindered way and business could be developed; unfortunately, a number of companies are now considering fleeing the country said the Head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. He also mentioned the activities developed in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, which have to be taken in response to the relocation of Belarusian companies, especially those operating in the IT sector, to Poland.
This comprehensive support package will help IT specialists, start-ups, SMEs, and corporations, easily relocate to Poland. The programme coordinators are the Ministry of Development and the Polish Investment and Trade Agency in cooperation with GovTech Polska at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Polish Agency for Enterprise Development and Startup Hub Poland foundation.
The service package will provide information on:
- how to start a business in Poland quickly and effectively,
- how to get support to relocate employees and their families, or
- how to get legal assistance or support in obtaining visa as part of “business concierge” services.
Information and Operations Coordination Centre in the Belarusian House
During the meeting with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and Belarusian minority, which took place on 9th September 2020, the head of the Polish government handed over the keys to the new seat of the Belarusian House at 6 Kryniczna Street in Warsaw. In Poland, there are several Belarusian organisations, institutions, media, and non-governmental organisations, which build support for the democratic activity in Belarus. The Belarusian House in Warsaw, an institution combining the environments of a number of Belarusian opposition organisations, is an example of such an activity.
Minister Michał Dworczyk also announced that the activity of the Information and Operations Coordination Centre, which was established by the Belarusian House foundation, was one of the issues discussed today during the meeting with the members of parliament. This association provides legal advice and assistance to victims and coordinates, for instance, the relocation of Belarusians to Poland.