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Belarus and the EU

Latest business news about Belarus and the European Union.

Euro-Parliament awards 2020 Sakharov Prize to Belarus opposition
The European Parliament awarded its Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought Thursday to the democratic opposition in Belarus - in a political crisis since the disputed 9 August presidential elections.

EU summit agrees sanctions against Belarus regime
EU leaders at a summit Friday agreed to impose sanctions on the Belarus regime, calling for an end to violence and repression and for new free and fair elections without external interference.

EU set to impose sanctions on Belarus for unfair elections
Following a European Council video conference Wednesday, EU leaders made clear they did not recognise election results presented by the Belarus authorities, which did not meet international standards.

International Tax Guide Belarus (Deloitte)
The Taxation and Investment Guides are a first stop for investors wishing to gain a working perspective on the operating conditions and investment climate – including the legal, accounting and taxation framework – in the countries covered in the Deloitte International Tax Source. In addition to the Belarus Highlights and Taxation and Investment Guide, above, country links open the door to the Deloitte International Tax Source and a wide range of materials and information on the tax consequences of doing business across borders.

Belarus: country overview
The EU cooperates with Belarus in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy. Policies pursued by President Lukashenka's regime prevent the EU from offering Belarus full participation in the Eastern Partnership. All programmes funded by the EU are to the benefit of Belarusian people at large and include significant support to civil society. The European Neighbourhood Instrument is the EU financial instrument dedicated to the Neighbourhood for the period 2014-2020. It replaces the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) of 2007-2013. Other funding sources are the thematic programmes, focused on human rights and civil society. EU assistance to Belarus takes mainly the form of country Action Programmes funded every year under the ENI. Belarus benefits also from regional and multi-country Action Programmes funded under the ENI.

Belarus: Economy Overview
Belarus has seen limited structural reform since 1995 and continued state control over economic operations hampers market entry for businesses, both domestic and foreign.

EU Delegation to Belarus
Contacts of the European Delegation to Belaraus

Starting a business in Belarus
This World Bank site provides information about the procedures and costs associated with starting a business in Belarus.

Belarus Investment Climate 2009
The government of Belarus officially welcomes foreign investment, which is seen as a source of new production technologies, jobs and hard currency. The factors that attract foreign businessmen to Belarus include good geographical position, a well-developed infrastructure, highly qualified and relatively inexpensive labor force.