Since 2014, the programme “Expanding Cooperation with Civil Society in the Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia” has been enabling civil society organisations to play their part as key actors and important partners of governance.
On Friday (29 June), Federal President Steinmeier opened the Blagovshtshina part of the Maly Trostenets memorial site in Belarus. The Federal Foreign Office opened the way for efforts to examine the history of the place also across borders and helped finance the construction of the memorial.
In Minsk, Gabriel spoke about human rights, democracy and the Ukraine conflict. Recently there have been signs that the country is becoming more open towards the EU.
On 17 and 18 July, Director for Eastern Europe Peschke and his French counterpart Mangin visited Minsk, just a few months before the EU summit with the countries of the Eastern Partnership.
Minister of State Roth was in the Belarusian capital Minsk on 13 and 14 March. Twenty‑five years after the re‑establishment of diplomatic relations, he conducted political talks and opened the exhibition on Maly Trostenets extermination camp.