Inoculation of democracy in Belarus: one more attempt

In Berlin continues s Civil Society Forum, established in the framework of the EU "Eastern Partnership". Possibility of a third sector in promoting democratic reforms offer 230 representatives of non-governmental organizations. The general meeting was opened by German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.

The main declared aim of the forum — the dialogue between civil society and the authorities of the States invited to participate in the program "Eastern Partnership". Countries that Europe is trying to "instill" democracy six: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Many experts believe that without the aid of consensus domestic opponents extremely difficult.

In 2011, the presidency of the European Union will be Poland, and the Polish government has openly stated that interested in possible Europeanization at least early next eastern neighbors. This was stated by Minister for EU Affairs of Poland Nicholas Dovgilevich:

in Belarus, there are signs that the forthcoming presidential election will be held in a more democratic mainstream …

"In November 2011, the third Forum of civil society will be held in Poznan. And there is no doubt that the" Eastern Partnership "will be one of the priorities of the foreign policy of the state. Generally it can be considered one of the most successful projects of the European Union in recent years, as it demonstrates the ability to carry out a soft, gradual political transformation in countries in need of democratic development. We see significant positive changes in Moldova. Also, in Belarus there are signs that the forthcoming presidential election will be held in a more democratic way. And it is a particular manifestation of the progress of the "Eastern Partnership".

Host Forum on the Rights of the participants, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany Guido Westerwelle, which also confirmed the need for a speedy integration of post-Soviet countries in the European community. Last week, Westerwelle with his Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski visited Minsk and made it clear that the accession to the European community is not covered for the democratic processes of a number of real benefits. But to do that they have to keep the principles of democracy.

Another recent visitor to Belarus, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule, Online chat said the EU may even terminate the visa regime for the participating countries of "Eastern Partnership", but subject to the implementation of European standards in them. According to Mr Füle, "lawyer liberalization" of the visa regime should act as civil society, because it is active citizens can force the government to undertake the necessary reforms.

Belarus in Berlin are 27 public organizations and initiatives. National Coordinator of the Civil Society Forum Vlad Velichko expressed the opinion that the EU should develop a more specific criteria which would allow to judge the progress in Belarus. Such criteria could be reflected first of all in the "road maps":

Vladimir Velichko

"It is normal that certain political leaders are trying to use the European map in their plans. But we have to understand: the Civil Society Forum already exists, the national platform set up — and it's a place where any organization — pro-government, independent — can raise the issue and offer it to discuss when it comes to the agenda of the "Eastern Partnership". known national platform — not the absolute voice of the whole of civil society, since it simply does not exist such mechanisms in a country where so many problems with communication, with the publicity, etc. But every organization has the opportunity to enter into the process. And for us, in principle, that this course is open to all, even the most sophisticated communications. "

Belarusian participants proposed to consider about a dozen "road maps", which are intended to facilitate the process of rapprochement between both civil society and the authorities in Belarus itself, and in its relations with the EU.

Next week the theme of the "Eastern Partnership" will be discussed already at the state level. November 23 in Brussels will host a meeting of foreign ministers of the participating countries of the initiative. The Belarusian delegation will present the position of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, headed by Deputy Minister Valery Voronetski. Particular attention will focus on the economic component, as well as the substantial filling of the summit of "Eastern Partnership" to be held in May 2011 in Budapest.

Recall that the participants of the initiative "Eastern Partnership" — 27 European Union member countries and six post-Soviet states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.


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