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Simona joined the Romania Insider team in 2015, first working on our travel guide in English and, later, writing features and interviews for Romania-insider.com. She holds a BA in Romanian and English and an MA in American Studies from the University of Bucharest and started her journalism career in 2003.  Simona divides her time between her hometown Ploiești and Bucharest. While in Ploiești, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks with the family dog. Going through an ever-expanding reading list and traveling, now replaced by travel literature and documentaries, are some of her favorite activities. You can get in touch with her for stories about arts, culture, and travel: [email protected] 

 

Lithuania, Poland, and Romania call for EU assistance package for Belarus

Romania's president Klaus Iohannis and his Lithuanian and Polish counterparts, Gitanas Nauseda and Andrzej Duda, have issued a statement calling for an EU "package of assistance for democratic Belarus' economic transformation."

"We believe that in supporting the people of Belarus, the European Union - as a major global economic power - should extend a package of assistance for the democratic Belarus' economic transformation. The package should encompass, inter alia: facilitation of trade with the EU and assistance in WTO accession negotiations; visa-free regime when the necessary conditions are in place; assistance for the diversification of the energy sector and Belarus' energy security; access to financial resources for the restructuring and kick-starting the Belarus liberal economy; increasing international financial institutions' presence and activity in reforming the economy and boosting investments," according to the statement.

The three presidents also called on the international community to join the European Union "in preparing a positive agenda for Belarus together with a support package for the political, economic, and societal transition of the country."

In the same statement, the three say they will "stand together with the people of Belarus in building a democratic path, via democratically elected state leadership, a free civil society, market economy and the rule of law."

They offer their expertise and know-how for political and economic reforms, building independent institutions "and safeguarding the environment, where respect for human rights and the freedom of speech would be an unshakable fundamental norm of society."

The three presidents also said they stand "firmly for freedom and the advancement of democratic principles" and stresses that "free, fair, and transparent elections are the fundamental democratic right of any nation." 

The statement notes that the results of the elections can be recognized "only if carried out in accordance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and subject to international election observation." 

"Nobody else but the people of Belarus have the ultimate right to decide the destiny of their country," the statement says.

In August, the European Commission announced it would mobilize EUR 53 million to support the people of Belarus: EUR 2 million to assist the victims of repression and unacceptable state violence, EUR 1 million to support civil society and independent media, and EUR 50 million for coronavirus emergency support for the health sector.

(Photo: Presidency.ro)

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Simona Fodor
Senior Editor

Simona joined the Romania Insider team in 2015, first working on our travel guide in English and, later, writing features and interviews for Romania-insider.com. She holds a BA in Romanian and English and an MA in American Studies from the University of Bucharest and started her journalism career in 2003.  Simona divides her time between her hometown Ploiești and Bucharest. While in Ploiești, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks with the family dog. Going through an ever-expanding reading list and traveling, now replaced by travel literature and documentaries, are some of her favorite activities. You can get in touch with her for stories about arts, culture, and travel: [email protected] 

 

Lithuania, Poland, and Romania call for EU assistance package for Belarus

Romania's president Klaus Iohannis and his Lithuanian and Polish counterparts, Gitanas Nauseda and Andrzej Duda, have issued a statement calling for an EU "package of assistance for democratic Belarus' economic transformation."

"We believe that in supporting the people of Belarus, the European Union - as a major global economic power - should extend a package of assistance for the democratic Belarus' economic transformation. The package should encompass, inter alia: facilitation of trade with the EU and assistance in WTO accession negotiations; visa-free regime when the necessary conditions are in place; assistance for the diversification of the energy sector and Belarus' energy security; access to financial resources for the restructuring and kick-starting the Belarus liberal economy; increasing international financial institutions' presence and activity in reforming the economy and boosting investments," according to the statement.

The three presidents also called on the international community to join the European Union "in preparing a positive agenda for Belarus together with a support package for the political, economic, and societal transition of the country."

In the same statement, the three say they will "stand together with the people of Belarus in building a democratic path, via democratically elected state leadership, a free civil society, market economy and the rule of law."

They offer their expertise and know-how for political and economic reforms, building independent institutions "and safeguarding the environment, where respect for human rights and the freedom of speech would be an unshakable fundamental norm of society."

The three presidents also said they stand "firmly for freedom and the advancement of democratic principles" and stresses that "free, fair, and transparent elections are the fundamental democratic right of any nation." 

The statement notes that the results of the elections can be recognized "only if carried out in accordance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and subject to international election observation." 

"Nobody else but the people of Belarus have the ultimate right to decide the destiny of their country," the statement says.

In August, the European Commission announced it would mobilize EUR 53 million to support the people of Belarus: EUR 2 million to assist the victims of repression and unacceptable state violence, EUR 1 million to support civil society and independent media, and EUR 50 million for coronavirus emergency support for the health sector.

(Photo: Presidency.ro)

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