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European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR)
News article19 November 2021Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations

Commissioner Várhelyi at the International conference on Belarus in Vienna

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Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, will participate on 22 November in Vienna at the International conference on Belarus, hosted by the Austrian Government and attended by the representatives of the Belarusian opposition. The conference will focus on international support for a future democratic Belarus. Following the fraudulent presidential elections in August 2020, the EU quickly redirected a €33 million package to support the population of Belarus. And in May, the Commission outlined a Comprehensive Plan of economic support to a democratic Belarus of up to €3 billion as a clear signal of the EU's long-term commitment to the democratic choice of the Belarusian people. After speaking at high-level opening, the Commissioner will on Monday take part in a joint press conference together with the Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg, Foreign Minister Michael Linhart and the leader of Belarussian Opposition, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. Commissioner Várhelyi will also hold a number of bilateral meetings, including with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the Chancellor and the Foreign Minister as well as Interior Minister Karl Nehammer. There will be EbS coverage.