Statement of Belarusian National Platform
on signing the treaty establishing the Eurasian Economic Community (EAEC) by the Republic of Belarus
In its statement on the treaty establishing the Eurasian Economic Community (EAEC) the Belarusian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum expressed its disagreement with ‘signing by Aliaksandr Lukashenka the treaty on the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union on behalf of our country’.
The signing of the treaty establishing the EAEC causes significant harm to the national interests of the Republic of Belarus, as well as deprives our country some opportunities of geopolitical and civilizational choice, including more intensive and long-term oriented cooperation with the European Union and using the potential of the Eastern Partnership, the statement says.
Creation of EAEC actually is an alliance of outsiders and can’t be a counterweight to the European Union neither by economic parameters nor by qualitative institutional and political characteristics. Agreement on the EAEC is declarative in nature and is not able to ensure long-term realization of the interests of the Republic of Belarus.
EU Energy Commissioner Oettinger, Russian Energy Minister Novak and Ukrainian Energy Minister Prodan, meeting on 31 May in Berlin, have agreed to come together for further discussions on energy security today in Brussels, in search of a solution on prices and payment schemes involving Russia’s Gazprom and Ukraine’s national oil and gas company Naftogaz.
Progress at the trilateral talks was achieved after Naftogaz had proved the transfer of $786 million from its account to a corresponding bank, a statement issued after the meeting said. “However, given the patterns of the transfer the money has not yet been credited to the Gazprom account,” it added.
The amount of $786 million covers the unpaid invoices for gas delivered in February and March. It was expected that the money would be credited to the Gazprom account by Monday morning, the statement said. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
Infographic: Level of trust in the European Union across the EU Neighbourhood partner countries
How has the level of trust in the European Union changed from 2012 in the Southern and Eastern Neighbourhood regions? We have released a new infographic highlighting the answers to this question across the Southern and Eastern Neighbourhood regions, as posed in a series of opinion polls conducted by the EU Neighbourhood Barometer project.
The surveys were conducted in December 2013-January 2014, in Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia in the South, and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine in the East. They are based on around 1,000 interviews in each country.
The infographic is free to download as a high-resolution image.
The EU Neighbourhood Barometer (opinion polling and media monitoring) is part of the EU-funded Regional Communication Programme, and aims at assessing knowledge and perception of the EU Neighbourhood Policy and its cooperation activities and programmes. (EU Neighbourhood Info).