Wojciech Boroditš-Smolinsky: EU could simplify the program to support the Belarusian society

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Poland produced a visa sanctions against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and several hundred members of his regime.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland already has a list of names of the persons responsible for the crackdown that began in Belarus after the elections on December 19: prosecutors, judges, officials, security officers. We know that does not fall under the sanctions, Foreign Minister of Belarus Sergei Martynov, not to limit the possibilities of diplomatic dialogue.

Guest "Night of Freedom: the results of the day" — the Polish political scientist, expert of the Center of International Relations in Warsaw Wojciech Boroditš-Smolinsky.

Znatkevich: How likely is it that duplicate the Polish EU sanctions, and how likely it is that the European Union and Poland will go on for a visa sanctions?

Boroditš-SmolinskyVery difficult to impose sanctions on the entire European Union. To prevent entry of government officials from Belarus to the European Union, it is necessary to decide on the level of all the Schengen countries, and this may be very difficult. I see here a more plausible version of a situation where the EU member states will expand their own "black lists" — lists of unwanted in their territories. And over time, the entire EU will be covered by this network.

It is difficult to say what may be other than entry, the sanctions. Overall, in the EU there is no agreement yet on how to introduce these sanctions so that they in no way damaged the Belarusian society. This is the biggest challenge. I think that significant economic sanctions has not.

The most positive thing the EU could do now — it's very fast simplification of all the programs that can support the Belarusian society. Now it is very difficult to get grants from these programs. Belarusian terms and conditions on which the European Union allocates the money, not the same …

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