On the 25th and 26th of October, together with my S&D colleague Thijs Reuten, I visited the EU external borders with Belarus. The trip was organised in light of the grave humanitarian situation that developed over the past few months for asylum seekers who are trying to cross these borders. One day in Poland, one day in Lithuania, trying to take stock of the situation on how migrants and asylum seekers are treated at the border. In order to do so, we met with several human rights organisations, such as the Red Cross, UNHCR, Helsinki Foundation, lawyers, academics, and the Lithuanian Ombudsman.
In this letter fifty-three MEPs demand the High Representative Vice President of the European Commissioner Josep Borrell Fontelles whether the EEAS has started developing a concept of the donors’ conference for Belarus, and whether there is any tentative timeline concerning this initiative.
In this letter sixty-two MEPs call on the European Commission to recalibrate its financial assistance to Belarus in a way to cease all financial assistance to the Belarussian authorities and channel these financial resources to people, civil society organisations, NGOs and foundations of Belarus. Attached to the letter there is a document by the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum that provides recommendations on funding priorities and short-to medium-term measures to support the Belarusian people.