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EU-Belarus Coordination Group met to discuss cooperation and agreement on 20 Eastern Partnership deliverables

December 21, 2017

On 19-20 December, the EU-Belarus Coordination Group met in Brussels for the fourth time, following previous meetings in the same format in April and November 2016 and April 2017. According to an EU press release, the meeting was an opportunity to exchange views on the latest political developments in the region and to discuss how to advance cooperation following the outcome of the Eastern Partnership Summit and the agreement on the 20 Deliverables for 2020.

In this context, both sides highlighted the areas which are of particular importance for Belarus: facilitation of trade with non-Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) partners; communication and visibility not only of the EU in partner countries, but also of the partner countries in the EU; and cooperation with third countries, for instance China or India.

The EU and Belarus are currently in advanced negotiations on new, tailor-made EU-Belarus partnership priorities. The main areas of interest in the partnership priorities are economic development and modernisation, strengthening institutions and good governance, connectivity and people-to-people contacts, the EU press release said.

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