What exactly is the EU Council decided?

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The European Council held in October 31, 2011 sanctions against senior officials of Belarus. The list included 41 people with the head of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.

And at the same time, the EU Council has continued the moratorium on the imposition of sanctions against 36 individuals.

Under the moratorium does not get five people — a former commander of the special forces brigade of Interior Ministry troops Dmitry Pavlicenco, Two former Minister of the Interior Yuri Sivakov andVladimir Naumov, former Attorney General Viktor Sheiman and the head of the Central Election Commission Lidiya Yarmoshyna.

Parliament adopted the decision:

First The Council reiterates the importance of a policy of critical engagement of Belarus, the continuation of the high-level political dialogue between the EU and Belarus, strengthening technical cooperation and participation of Belarus in the "Eastern Partnership" as ways to enhance mutual understanding and creating opportunities to address issues of concern.

Recognizing the importance of strengthening links between people and recalling the Council conclusions of 17 November 2009, the Council looks forward to receiving the Commission's proposal for direct negotiations on visa facilitation and readmission agreements with
Belarus.

The second The Council reaffirms its readiness to deepen its relations with Belarus depending on the movement of Belarus towards democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and stands ready to assist Belarus in attaining these goals. Given the progress in these areas of Belarus, it is ready to take steps to modernize the contractual relations with Belarus.

The Council will continue to discuss a joint interim plan (joint interim plan) in order to identify priorities for reforms that are in line with the action plans developed in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy, which will be implemented in Belarus. EU could consider providing financial aid to Belarus if the necessary conditions are met, including at the conclusion of a new program with the IMF.

Third However, the Board remains concerned about the state of democracy and human rights in Belarus. She lamented the lack of progress in these areas, as expressed in its previous conclusions, including in the need for further reform of the Electoral Code, the freedom of expression and freedom of the media, freedom of assembly and association. Rada is waiting for the next rounds of dialogue on human rights. Remembering the EU strongly negative attitude to the death penalty, the Council deplores the execution of two citizens of Belarus in March 2010, expressed regret over the recent death sentences in Belarus and further calls on Belarus to introduce a moratorium on the death penalty with a view to its abolition.

Fourth In light of this situation, the Council is not able to cancel the restrictive measures
against certain Belarusian officials, and therefore decided to extend them until 31 October 2011. However, in order to promote progress in the areas identified by the EU Council at the same time decided to extend the suspension of the application of the travel restrictions until the same date. At the end of this period, the Council will review the restrictive measures in light of the situation in Belarus. The Council may decide to restore or to terminate the travel restrictions at any time, depending on the actions of the Belarusian authorities in the sphere of democracy and human rights.

Fifth
The EU will continue to support civil society in Belarus to promote the development of a pluralistic and democratic environment in Belarus.

Sixth The Council takes note of the statement that the presidential elections in Belarus will be held December 19, 2010. It calls on the Belarusian authorities to ensure that the elections in accordance with international norms and standards for democratic elections and obligations of Belarus within the framework of the OSCE and the UN. The Council welcomes the decision of the Belarusian authorities to invite international election observers led by the OSCE ODIHR and calls on the Belarusian authorities to fully cooperate with the OSCE and the ODIHR.

The Council also urges the Belarusian authorities to fully implement the recommendations that have repeatedly been the ODIHR. The EU will follow closely the developments and the situation that arose after the election. Clear and evident progress in conducting elections will give a new impetus to European policy engagement of Belarus

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