The development of regional cooperation and trade relations between the countries of East and Europe will be the main topics of the first meeting of the Committee of National Coordinators of the Central European Initiative in Minsk.
It will take place early next week as Belarus is now chairing this international organization. Minsk assumed the CEI chairmanship in 2017.
Dmitry Mironchik, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus:
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Makei will speak at the meeting of national coordinators. In his speech he will present the main priorities and the provisional program for the Belarusian presidency of the organization in 2017. The event will also discuss the current issues of the CEI's operation, including sectoral and project co-operation and the further reform of the CEI.
The Central European Initiative brings together 18 countries. Most of them are EU members. During the Belarusian presidency it is planned to work on the removal of trade barriers, as well as collaborate with other regional and international organizations, in particular, with the Eurasian Economic Union.