The European Union allocates another 30 million euros to support civil society in Belarus. This was announced by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, after a meeting with Belarusian opponent Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in Brussels.
“We are stepping up our support with an additional €30 million for youth, independent media, SMEs in exile and cultural actors,” von der Leyen wrote on Twitter.
As of the announcement, more than 33 million players have been supplied to the Belarusian midfielder since August 2020.
“Citizens of Belarus have the right to determine the future course of their country,” von der Leyen said. “The European Union is with them (…) in their fight for freedom and democracy.” The European Commission President also indicated that a 3 billion euro package is ready for democratic Belarus.
On Sunday, Tikanovskaya also met with European Council President Charles Michel and head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell. “We continue to hold the regime responsible for gross violations of human rights and freedoms,” Michel wrote on Twitter. The European Union demands the “immediate release of 900 political prisoners”.
In a speech to the European Parliament in November, Tikhanovskaya called on the European Union to take a more firm stance against the regime of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. The European Union does not recognize the president’s re-election last year.
The European Union also recently issued new sanctions against Belarus for allegedly provoking a migrant crisis on its border with the European Union in Minsk.
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