The Company's January 20 the European Parliament will adopt a resolution on Belarus. Evening of January 19 at the European Parliament session in Strasbourg held a debate on the situation in the country after the presidential election.
On the discussions there were six draft resolutions prepared by different factions. As a result, the MEP Justas Paleckis, have agreed draft.
"There is an agreed resolution were hard and long discussions between the main groups. In principle, the text agreed upon, except for some details. I think that the resolution just will be accepted by the majority. "
The toughest version of the document proposed to adopt the most influential faction of the European People's Party. She called on the EU Council and the Commission to review its policy towards Belarus, to restore the visa restrictions for certain officials of Belarus, reduced to a "bare minimum" contacts with the Belarusian authorities, as well as freeze all macro-financial assistance and participation of Belarus in the "Eastern Partnership".
Authors of the project proposed to apply sanctions as long as it will be released unconditionally by the political opposition. Also, the European People's Party called on the Belarusian authorities to hold a new presidential election. And the leadership of the EU offered to support the development of democracy in Belarus by increasing financial support to non-state media, organizations and educational projects for students.
Paleckis noted that some proposals of the European People's Party retained in the final version of the document. As a result, Paleckis, the current resolution on Belarus, in comparison with those adopted in previous years, the most rigid and contains a proposal for economic sanctions.
"The main goal — to achieve the release of prisoners, cease attacks on the opposition, on the independent associations, the press, and so on.'s The main thing. Regarding the specific measures — are some caveats. As I understand it, they will only be activated if the official Minsk will persist and there will be no progress. "
During yesterday's debate, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton said that the events in Belarus, which took place after the elections, "was a shock for all Europeans." She called for the immediate release of all detainees, including all candidates the presidency. British MP Richard Javito urged EU countries to follow the example of Poland, which has already imposed restrictions on the entry of Belarusian officials.
Justas Paleckis noted that the European Parliament makes recommendations, and already at the summit of the European Council at the end of January will be accepted a decision based on today's resolution.