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Belarus and the EU: from isolation towards cooperation

consultancy project "Belarus-EU"

In September 2011, the book "Belarus and the EU: from isolation towards cooperation" came out of print to present the first results of the consultancy project "Belarus-EU". The project was implemented under the supervision of Belarus Country Office of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in 2009-2010. In 2011, Centre for European Studies (Brussels, Belgium) joined the project and contributed to the publication and promotion of the book.

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CONTENTS

  1. Dr. Hans-Georg Wieck. Consultancy Project: Belarus and the EU
  2. Dr. Vitali Silitski. Belarus in an international context
  3. Dr. Kai-Olaf Lang, Dr. Martin Koopmann. The EU and Belarus – a relationship with reservations
  4. Andrei Yahorau. Civil society: an analysis of the situation and directions for reform
  5. Dr. Svetlana Matskevich. Education in Belarus: reform and cooperation with the EU
  6. Valeri Fadeev. State bodies, constitutional reality and forms of rule
  7. Dr. Andrei Kazakevich. Judiciary and law enforcement authorities
  8. Dr. Mikhail Pastukhou. Mass Media in Belarus: the hard way to freedom of speech
  9. Leonid Kalitenya. Belarus–EU: migration, border policy and visa issues
  10. Alexander Chubrik. Current situation and outlook for cooperation with the EU: socio-economic and infrastructural aspects
  11. Alexander Chubrik. Energy, environmental protection and combating climate change: main development trends and prospects for cooperation with the EU
  12. Expert Think Tanks
  13. Centre for European Studies
  14. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
The consultancy project Belarus-EU was a collaborative work of a team of authors, representing different Belarusian think tanks, as well as experts from Germany who are familiar with the problems associated with EU integration and enlargement. The project was aimed at analyzing the process of the pro-European transformation of Belarus and presenting an inventory list of those changes that should take place in the country to bring it closer to Europe. The resulting publication was not intended just to record the results of the transformation, but was thought of rather as a foundation for further analysis of the transformation process.

Dr. Hans-Georg Wieck, the project’s co-author and the book’s co-editor, describes the project in the introductory article of the book: “The project works on the assumption that, for various reasons, there is growing interest among the government, opposition and the general public in Belarus in developing closer ties with the EU and its member states. However, the inner workings of the European Union and the requirements for rapprochement between Belarus and the EU are not well known within the country… To this end a study has been undertaken, as part of the consultancy project, on the status of the country’s governmental, economic, social and legal situation in various key areas that are to a large extent still influenced by the structures of the Soviet Union. The results of the survey can be used to identify those steps necessary for the country to reform and for its structures to become compatible with the European Union, a process that was and is essential for all former socialist countries seeking integration with the EU.” Despite the fact, that political and economic situation was quite turbulent in Belarus and around it since the book’s articles were submitted (end of year 2010), most of the conclusions and recommendations presented remain in force both for Belarus and for its partners in the region.

The authors of the book hope to reach out to and discuss the project’s findings with a wide range of stakeholders: policy- and decision-makers in Belarus and in EU institutions, analytical groups, think tanks, independent expert communities; participants of the Eastern Partnership platforms; civil society; mass media, etc. In Autumn 2011, a series of book presentations is organized in Belarus, its neighbouring countries and in Brussels (the latter organized in cooperation with the Centre for European Studies).

The book is published in print in two languages: Russian and English, and electronically (available on the KAS-Belarus website free-of-charge) in three languages: Belarusian, Russian and English.

This is a joint publication of the Centre for European Studies and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. This publication has received funding from the European Parliament. Sole responsibility for facts or opinions expressed in this publication rests with the authors. The Centre for European Studies, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the European Parliament assume no responsibility either for the information contained in the publication or any subsequent use of it.

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Book presentation
November 10, 2011
KAS European Office, 11, Avenue de l' Yser, Brussels, Belgium
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Book presentation
November 10, 2011
KAS European Office, 11, Avenue de l' Yser, Brussels, Belgium
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Discussion
September 24, 2011
Kaunas, Lithuania
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Discussion
September 24, 2011
Kaunas, Lithuania
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Map of the Republic of Belarus Belarus and the EU: from isolation towards cooperation. Image from the back cover flap.
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