Parliament to ratify agreement between Belarus and Commission of European Communities

The House of Representatives plans to ratify the framework agreement between Belarus and the Commission of the European Communities on 8 October, BelTA learnt from the press service of the lower house of the Belarusian parliament.

The agreement was signed in Minsk on 18 December 2008. It regulates the delivery of the EU technical aid to Belarus within the framework of European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI), said Valentina Leonenko, a member of the permanent commission for international affairs and links with the CIS.

ENPI offers Belarus new opportunities to receive EU technical assistance in order to boost the country’s social and economic development.

Several treaties have been signed following the framework agreement. One of them regulates the financing of the Baltic Sea Region cross-boundary cooperation program for 2007-2013. The total volume of financial assistance of Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine will amount to €250 million.

According to Valentina Leonenko, the ratification of the framework agreement and its entry into force will simplify the Belarus-EU technical cooperation and will give a positive political impetus to bilateral relations.

On the same day the deputies will ratify the Belarusian-Serbian agreement on mutual temporary employment of citizens of the two countries. The provisions of the document apply to the citizens of Belarus and Serbia who are temporarily employed in one of the two states as well as to their family members. Migrant workers are eligible to the rights, labour conditions and wages similar to those of the citizens of the receiving country. According to the agreement, the wage of the migrant worker is taxed in line with the national legislation.