ORCID: Roman Romantsov: 0000-0003-3542-2273
Edition: Lublin 2019
Citation method: R. Romantsov, Białoruś w polityce Partnerstwa Wschodniego Unii Europejskiej w latach 2009-2019, „Rocznik Instytutu Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej” 17 (2019), z. 2, s. 95-135, DOI: https://doi.org/10.36874/RIESW.2019.2.4.
The article is devoted to the analysis of relations between Belarus and the European Union within the framework of the Eastern Partnership programme. For Belarus, the Eastern Partnership is one of the important channels of communication with the European Union. In 2009–2013, Belarus’ relations with the European Union were complicated and the country actually minimized its participation in the Eastern Partnership. However, from 2013 onwards, Belarus and the European Union have intensified their cooperation within the framework of various initiatives of the Eastern Partnership. In Belarus, the European Union has implemented several programmes on politics, economics, energy efficiency and mobility, which have served to further deepen relations with Belarus. Programmes implemented in the field of economy were aimed at developing enterprises in various sectors and supporting entrepreneurial initiatives of Belarusian residents. Programmes on energy efficiency contributed to the implementation of EU standards and the improvement of the environmental situation in Belarus. Initiatives in the field of mobility of Belarusians served the purpose of exchanging experiences and acquiring new skills by various target groups. The implemented Eastern Partnership programmes had a certain impact on the rapprochement of Belarus and served to introduce new rules in the EU member states. Further development of relations within the Eastern Partnership depends on the foreign policy of both Belarus and the European Union.