The EU-Belarus Readmission Agreement: the parties agreed on the transition period
Belarus and its European partners agreed on the transitional period, during which the country will not be accepting the citizens of third countries or stateless persons subject to readmission. The document has been approved and can pass the procedure of preliminary signing by the end of the year. This decision was made yesterday in the Interior Ministry following expert consultations. The negotiations featured Belarus’ representatives and a delegation from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs.
According to Alexei Bigun, head of the Department for Citizenship and Migration of the Belarusian Interior Ministry, the consultations are over and a compromise solution has been found. Until the last moment, difficulties in the negotiations with the EU were related to the lack of infrastructure in Belarus to receive persons subject to readmission. In particular, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the transition period allows implementing the International Technical Assistance project, namely setting up temporary accommodation centers for irregular migrants, which is planned for 2017-2022. For these purpose, the EU has allocated 7 million euros to Belarus.