Belarus-EU Visa Talks Completed. Signing Expected In The Near Future

Belarus and the European Union have completed negotiations on visa readmission and facilitation. Now the parties only need to agree on the procedure for signing the agreement, informed sources in Brussels told TUT.BY on 17 May.

The signing is expected by the 2019 year end.

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“We completed the substantive part of the negotiations. Only formalities related to the signing procedure have remained. We think the procedural issues will be resolved soon,” an informed source shared.

Concerning another crucial document – Partnership Priorities – the official Brussels hopes to convince Lithuania, whose position on the Belarusian NPP goes against signing the document, that Belarus follows all the procedures recommended by the European Union.

The EU is confident that it will be easier to speak with Lithuania once Belarus adopts the National Action Plan on Nuclear Safety.

“We hope to reach a final agreement regarding Partnership Priorities by the end of the month,” a source close to negotiations told TUT.BY.

The European Union believes that Belarus’ chances for Partnership Priorities will go up once the National Action Plan on Nuclear Safety is adopted.

“We will try to convey to Lithuania the fact that Belarus has agreed to stress tests, and will submit a National Action Plan, and will try to convey to all EU member states that Belarus will implement the recommendations given by the EU,” the European side has shared.

A few days ago Belarus Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei voiced similar hopes regarding the signing of visa facilitation and readmission. Once the document is ready, Belarusians will be able to get cheaper Schengen visas (for 35 euro instead of 60) and get more long-term and free visas.