On 21 April, EU High Representative Josep Borrell had a phone call with the Foreign Minister of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, to discuss the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the EU’s support to Belarus and the wider EU–Belarus agenda.
High Representative Borrell acknowledged the steps taken by Belarus to slow the spread of the coronavirus and urged the country to continue its efforts by following the World Health Organisation recommendations.
Mr Borrell presented the EU’s comprehensive package to support Belarus and the other Eastern partner countries in addressing the short- and long-term socio-economic impact of the pandemic. The support package amounts to €80 million for the immediate needs of the health sector, and €883 million for the short-term socio-economic impact of COVID-19. As part of this package, Belarus will benefit from over €60 million of redirected bilateral funds.
Mr Borrell and Mr Makei also discussed the state of play of EU–Belarus relations. They both said they are looking forward to the new visa facilitation and readmission agreements later this year, once the ratification procedures are completed.
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