"Our cooperation with Belarus will depend mainly on the reform in five key areas for democratization: the lack of political detainees, reform of the electoral code, freedom of the press and non-governmental organizations, the abolition of the death penalty," — said the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule Speaking at Columbia University in New York, said the agency "RIA Novosti".
"Isolate the country in the heart of Europe — it was not possible to still, it does not work in the future. Therefore, we seek a serious interaction with Belarus, focusing on reforms that we deem necessary, "- said the Commissioner.
Fule said the EU will closely monitor scheduled for December 19 Presidential elections in Belarus.
Belarus participates in the EU "Eastern Partnership", which was launched in May 2009and in Prague. The program is aimed at the political and economic rapprochement between the EU and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus, but does not involve their membership in the EU. Provision these countries 600 million euros in 2013. The funds are intended to strengthen state institutions, control borders and help small companies.