Belarus-OSCE

19.05.2017

Belarus starts accrediting journalists for OSCE PA session in Minsk
Belarus starts accrediting journalists for OSCE PA session in Minsk The Belarusian Foreign Ministry began accrediting journalists for the session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Minsk. It will be held in the Belarusian capital from 5 to 9 July. The event will be one of the largest international meetings in Belarus in 2017.
Vladimir Makei: Minsk aims to strengthen cooperation with all partners
Vladimir Makei: Minsk aims to strengthen cooperation with all partners Official Minsk is aimed at strengthening cooperation with all partners, said the Foreign Minister of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, during the Minsk Dialogue conference. On May 19 this platform gathered diplomatic servants of different years. Scientists, experts, ex-ministers and diplomats discuss how Belarusian foreign policy has developed over the past 25 years, what has been achieved and what has yet to be worked on. Over the 25 years, Minsk has established and restored diplomatic relations with states around the globe - a total of 174 countries.

02.05.2017

Ambassadors of 11 states present credentials to Belarus President
Ambassadors of 11 states present credentials to Belarus President Belarus can provide foreign partners with access to the huge market of the Eurasian Economic Union, said President Alexander Lukashenko on May 2 at the ceremony of receiving credentials from the ambassadors of foreign countries, which was held in the Palace of Independence.
OSCE PA International Secretariat delegation begins visit to Belarus May 2
OSCE PA International Secretariat delegation begins visit to Belarus May 2 The delegation of the International Secretariat of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly begins a four-day visit to Belarus on May 2. Officials from the European Union will get acquainted with the way Minsk prepares for the 26th summer session of the Assembly. It will be held in the Belarus in July. This is a significant political event. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is the world's largest regional organization dealing with security issues. It unites 57 countries on different continents.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus can now start constructive dialogue with many European countries
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus can now start constructive dialogue with many European countries Belarus has new opportunities for broader involvement in European integration processes, said President Alexander Lukashenko on May 2 at the ceremony of receiving credentials from ambassadors of foreign countries. Addressing the diplomats, the head of state noted that this year is also significant because the session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will be held in the Belarus capital Minsk.

03.04.2017

Valery Malashko: E-health system is key to healthcare modernization in Belarus
Valery Malashko: E-health system is key to healthcare modernization in Belarus Belarusian parliamentarians opened a new legislative season April 3. They plan to review about 30 bills during the spring session. Among them are questions of patents for inventions, a new draft law on the development of competition, laws on drinking water supply, consumer protection and social services. Innovations in Belarus' health care system have become one of the most discussed topics at the Oval Hall. It is projected that by 2022 hospitals and clinics in Belarus will work according to new standards.

17.03.2017

OSCE PA President Christine Muttonen tastes Belarusian chocolate
OSCE PA President Christine Muttonen tastes Belarusian chocolate and tries fashion clothes Belarus is committed to the basic principles of the OSCE, said Belarus President on March 16 at a meeting with the chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Christine Muttonen spent several days in Belarus. On March 15, she met with Belarusian MPs. The sides signed an agreement on the 26th annual session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. It will be held in July 2017 in the capital of Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that our country will make every effort so that the upcoming session becomes the best in the history of such meetings.

16.03.2017

We will show western biases about Belarus are far-fetched, Alexander Lukashenko says
We will show western biases about Belarus are far-fetched, Alexander Lukashenko says Belarus is committed to the basic principles of the OSCE, said President Alexander Lukashenko a meeting with OSCE Parliamentary Assembly president Christine Muttonen. Yesterday, she had meetings with Belarusian MPs. The parties signed an agreement on the 26th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. It will be held in Minsk in July 2017. The decision to hold the event in Minsk was passed unanimously.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is committed to OSCE's basic principles
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is committed to OSCE's basic principles Belarus is committed to the basic principles of the OSCE, said President Alexander Lukashenko on March 16 at a meeting with the chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Christine Muttonen has already spent several days in Belarus. Yesterday, she met with Belarusian MPs. The parties signed an agreement for the 26th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. It will be held in Minsk in July 2017. 
Christine Muttonen names topic of OSCE PA summer meeting in Minsk
Christine Muttonen names topic of OSCE PA summer meeting in Minsk The summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will be held in Minsk in July. An agreement on this matter was signed March 15 by Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Christine Muttonen. It is expected that the upcoming event will bring together more than 700 guests, including about 300 members of parliament.

15.03.2017

Christine Muttonen to sign agreement on 26th OSCE PA session in Minsk
Christine Muttonen to sign agreement on 26th OSCE PA session in Minsk The Delegation of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly headed by Chairwoman Christine Muttonen is arriving in Minsk March 15. The foreign visitors will hold a meeting at the Belarusian parliament. They will discuss the preparation for the 26th session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, which is set to be held in Minsk in July 2017. It is expected that the program of the meeting will be agreed during the current visit. In addition, today the parties will sign an agreement to determine the preparation plan.

14.03.2017

Alena Kupchyna nominated for OSCE Secretary General position
Alena Kupchyna nominated for OSCE Secretary General position Permanent Representative of the Republic of Belarus to the OSCE, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Austria Alena Kupchyna was nominated for the position of the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Altogether, there are five candidates for the post. The first hearings took place in Vienna on March 14, 2017 during which the candidates projected the future of the OSCE.

12.03.2017

Boleslav Pirshtuk about OSCE PA summer session due in Minsk
Boleslav Pirshtuk about OSCE PA summer session and economic reforms in Belarus Let's continue the theme with the guest of our program. Today in the studio we have deputy chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus Boleslav Pirshtuk. Boleslav Kazimirovich, hello. Boleslav Pirshtuk, deputy chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus: Good afternoon.

02.03.2017

OSCE PA summer session 2017 to boost Belarus' role in world politics, Vladimir Andreichenko says
OSCE PA summer session 2017 to boost Belarus' role in world politics, Vladimir Andreichenko says Strengthening of mutual trust and cooperation for peace and prosperity in the region will be the main leitmotif of the 26th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The OSCE PA session will be held in Minsk from 5 to 9 July. This will be the first time Belarus has hosted an even of such a scale. On March 1, at the first meeting of the organizing committee to prepare for the session, the participants identified a number of problems.

27.02.2017

Belarus Parliament wants to form positive country image abroad
Belarus Parliament wants to form positive country image abroad Belarusian MPs would like to form a positive image of Belarus abroad. This was announced on February 27 at the lower house of the Belarus parliament following the winter session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Vienna. In recent years, Belarus-EU relations have become much warmer, including through a balanced policy of the Belarusian side. In addition, MPs are confident that Europe has a lot of serious problems these days, which it is best to solve together. At the same time, it is Belarus that is a donor of regional stability.

24.02.2017

Ukraine crisis to be discussed at OSCE PA in Minsk in summer 2017
Ukraine crisis to be discussed at OSCE PA in Minsk in summer 2017 Belarus will host the next OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in the summer of 2017. Today in Vienna there was held a presentation of Belarus as the host of the forthcoming forum. The event of this level will be held in Belarus for the first time in more than 20 years.
OSCE PA summer session in Minsk to be discussed in Vienna February 24
OSCE PA summer session in Minsk to be discussed in Vienna February 24 The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly is now being held in the capital of Austria. It involves representatives of Belarus, too. It is planned that on 24 February, Belarusian MPs will meet with the top leadership of the Parliamentary Assembly and discuss a number of issues. One of the main topics is the holding of the summer session in Minsk. It is expected that OSCE parliamentarians of the member states will arrive in Minsk in early July. These are about 700 guests from more than fifty countries.

23.02.2017

Belarus to be presented as host of OSCE PA annual session in Vienna
Belarus to be presented as host of OSCE PA annual session The presentation of Belarus as the host country of the annual session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will be held in Vienna. On February 23, the capital of Austria will host the winter session of the MPs of the world's largest regional organization dealing with security issues. Belarus is also taking part.

09.02.2017

OSCE PA conference in Minsk should aim to ensure security in Europe, Belarus President says
OSCE PA conference in Minsk should ensure security in Europe, Belarus President says Belarus has established an organizing committee on the preparation and holding in Minsk of a session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The corresponding decree was signed by the Belarus President on February 8. The annual meeting of the organization of MPs will be held in July 2017. It will involve more than 300 parliamentarians from 56 countries.
Belarusian authorities considering OSCE election recommendations
Belarusian authorities to improve election law based on OSCE advice The main matter at the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Minsk will be the exchange of experience and ideas on topical issues of the day. The Belarusian side is getting ready for a productive discussion. Now Belarus is improving its electoral legislation based on OSCE recommendations. OSCE suggestions will soon be summarized by the country's election commission and presented to the Belarus President.

08.02.2017

OSCE PA is vital for country's image, Belarusian MP says
OSCE PA is vital for country's image, Belarusian MP says Belarus has established an organizing committee on preparation and holding in Minsk of a session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The corresponding decree was signed by the Belarus President on February 8. The annual, 26th meeting of the organization will take place in July. The organizing committee is instructed to hold it at the highest level. The committee is headed by the chairman of the House of Representatives. More than 300 parliamentarians from 56 countries will arrive in Minsk.
Minsk beginning preparations for OSCE Parliamentary Assembly session
Minsk beginning preparations for OSCE Parliamentary Assembly session Belarus has established an organizing committee on preparation and holding in Minsk of a session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The corresponding decree was signed by the Belarus President on February 8. The annual, 26th meeting of the organization will take place in July. The organizing committee is entrusted with holding the event at a high level.

01.02.2017

Belarus' election commission head meets US Charge d'Affaires, head of EU delegation
Belarus' election commission head meets US Charge d'Affaires, head of EU delegation Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina has met with US Charge d'Affaires in Belarus and head of the EU delegation in Belarus.  The diplomats were briefed on the results of the interdepartmental expert working group tasked to review the OSCE ODIHR recommendations on improving the electoral process in Belarus. Its meeting was held on 31 January.  The commission will present the reviewed proposals to the Belarusian head of state.

22.12.2016

Minsk ready to become large-scale discussion platform during OSCE PA summer session
Minsk ready to become large-scale discussion platform during OSCE PA summer session Minsk is ready to become a large-scale discussion platform during the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. On December 22, this matter was discussed at a meeting of Belarusian MPs with the OSCE delegation. It is planned that Minsk will host about 700 participants from 56 countries.
Belarus, OSCE interested in open dialogue
Belarus, OSCE interested in open dialogue Belarus and the OSCE are interested in the most open and effective dialogue. The visit of the OSCE delegation to Belarus continues. On December 22, representatives of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, as well as the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will hold talks with MPs of the House of Representatives of Belarus' National Assembly. The sides will consider the possibility of constructive cooperation, including on election issues.
Lidia Yermoshina re-appointed as chairwoman of Belarus Central Election Commission
Belarus announces changes to electoral law according to OCSE recommendations The Council of the Republic on December 21 gave consent to the appointment of Lidia Yermoshina chairwoman of the Central Election Commission (CEC). In addition, six members of the CEC were elected by secret ballot. They will also participate in the development of potential innovations in the electoral legislation of Belarus.

21.12.2016

Kent Härstedt: We would like to work together for prosperity of independent Belarus
Kent Härstedt: We would like to work together for prosperity of independent Belarus Security and stability in the European region can be achieved only by working together. The summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, which will take place in Minsk, will contribute to this goal. On December 20, at the Palace of Independence, Alexander Lukashenko received the representatives of this organization.

20.12.2016

Belarus to OSCE: Security in Europe is only possible through joint efforts
Belarus to OSCE: Security in Europe is only possible through joint efforts Security and stability in the European region can be achieved only by working together, said the President of Belarus meeting with representatives of the OSCE in the Palace of Independence on December 20. The OSCE delegation arrived in Belarus to discuss security in the region, as well as the September 2016 parliamentary elections. The fact that Minsk will host the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in 2017 also contributes to the development of cooperation.

19.12.2016

ODIHR and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly delegations arrive in Minsk December 19
ODIHR and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly delegations arrive in Minsk December 19 The delegation of the ODIHR and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly begin their visit to Belarus on December 19.  The visit will last four days. It is planned that the delegations will present a report on the parliamentary elections in Belarus in October 2016.

22.11.2016

Belarus, Russia agree on joint foreign policy actions for near future
Belarus, Russia agree on joint foreign policy actions for near future On November 22, Belarus and Russia agreed on joint foreign policy steps for the near future at a meeting in Minsk. The foreign ministers of the two countries agreed that it is necessary for the EEU to build a long-term integration with the European Union. The ministers also discussed interaction with other international organizations, such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and joint actions within the framework of the UN.

07.09.2016

Vladimir Makei: Belarus intends to make parliamentary elections as transparent and democratic as possible
Vladimir Makei: Belarus intends to make parliamentary elections as transparent and democratic as possible Belarus plans to make the parliamentary elections as transparent and democratic as possible. Such an announcement was made by Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei. Hundreds of observers, including international ones, monitor the course of the elections. Earlier, the mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE published a preliminary report. The final results are expected. As the Foreign Minister hopes, they will be objective and comprehensive.

02.09.2016

800 international observers accredited for Belarus parliamentary election 2016
800 international observers accredited for Belarus parliamentary election 2016 The number of international observers to monitor the parliamentary elections has exceeded 800. All these experts were accredited by the Central Election Commission of Belarus.  The Commonwealth of Independent States is represented by 330 observers. Almost the same number represents the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. Also among the accredited are representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.

30.08.2016

480 foreign observers to monitor 2016 Belarus parliamentary elections
480 foreign observers to monitor 2016 Belarus parliamentary elections The number of Belarus parliamentary election observers is increasing. The Central Election Commission of Belarus has accredited 480 foreign representatives to monitor the parliamentary election campaign. The majority of those accredited represent the Commonwealth of Independent States - more than 320 people.

29.08.2016

Parliamentary elections in Belarus: work of elected officials and their thoughts about giving seat to new members
Parliamentary elections in Belarus: work of elected officials and their thoughts about giving seat to new members By the way, Pakistan is mainly an agricultural country. Almost half of the population (43% or 45%) works in the agricultural field. Only one in ten Belarusians works in the fields. Agriculture is very important for Belarus. We started our program talking about harvesting campaign, and it wasn’t by chance. The amount of grain is increasing, but the number of candidates in the parliamentary elections is decreasing. More than 20 candidates decided to drop out of the race.

23.08.2016

Over 400 foreign observers accredited for Belarus parliamentary election
Over 400 foreign observers accredited for Belarus parliamentary election The Central Election Commission of Belarus has accredited more than 400 foreign observers to monitor the election campaign.  The majority of the accredited are representatives of the Commonwealth of Independent States - about 300 people.  ODIHR OSCE is represented by 51 observers, with 19 people from the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly. It is planned that taking part in the election monitoring will be the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and representatives of central election commissions of other states.

19.08.2016

Lidia Yermoshina: OSCE recommendations to Belarus contradict each other
Lidia Yermoshina: OSCE recommendations to Belarus contradict each other Chairwoman of the Central Elections Commission of Belarus Lidia Yermoshina has given an interview to the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalyov. Welcome to Simple Questions. Today, at the hotel "Beijing" we have the honor to speak with the chairwoman of the Central Election Commission, Lidia Yermoshina. Mrs Yermoshina, good evening. You have recently had lots of serious conversations with foreign observers. What would you call a difficult conversation? Maybe these were talks with the mission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe?

17.08.2016

OSCE mission meets with Minsk mayor
OSCE mission meets with Minsk mayor ahead of Belarus parliamentary elections The parliamentary election campaign remains the main political topic these days in Belarus. In addition to the core group of observers from the OSCE, which includes 10 people, working in Belarus are 20 more groups, each including two representatives. They are monitoring the election campaign across the country. On August 17 the mission met with Minsk mayor Andrei Shorets. One observer group visited the CTV Channel's office as part of the monitoring. The CTV channel provides candidates from Minsk region airtime for speeches.

15.08.2016

Lidia Yermoshina on competition in Belarus' parliament and international observers
Lidia Yermoshina on competition in Belarus' parliament and international observers The current parliamentary campaign in Belarus was much more popular than the past one. There are more candidates than in 2012. Increased attention to the elections is evident in statements of foreign observers. They are already actively watching everything that is happening and certainly taking notes. The TV program Week met with head of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina.
OSCE's Kent Härstedt meets with Belarusian MPs
OSCE's Kent Härstedt meets with Belarusian MPs Belarus will do everything necessary to carry out at a decent level the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, which is due to be held in Minsk in July 2017, said chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko, who met with the special coordinator of the OSCE at the 2016 parliamentary elections in Belarus. 
Deputy head of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly arrives in Minsk prior to parliamentary elections
Deputy head of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly arrives in Minsk prior to parliamentary elections Deputy chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Kent Härstedt has arrived in Minsk in order to discuss issues of international monitoring of the forthcoming parliamentary election campaign.  He is the special coordinator of the OSCE at the parliamentary vote in Belarus. Today, he will meet with heads of the Council of the Republic and the House of Representatives of the National Assembly. Earlier it was reported that the delegation of OSCE observers will include at least 31 parliamentarians from 13 countries.

12.08.2016

Registration of candidates completes at Belarus parliamentary elections 2016
Registration of candidates completes at Belarus parliamentary elections 2016 The Central Election Commission has completed the registration of candidates at the parliamentary elections 2016 in Belarus. District election commissions across the country summed up the results of this stage of the election campaign. The exact number of registered candidates will be known on August 12. Then campaigning will start.

11.08.2016

OSCE ODIHR long-term observers begin work at Belarus parliamentary elections August 11
OSCE ODIHR long-term observers begin work at Belarus parliamentary elections August 11 On August 11, as planned, the long-term observers from the OSCE ODIHR will start their work in Belarus.  Observers - 38 experts from 13 countries - will work in groups of two in different regions during the 2016 parliamentary elections. In addition, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will invite 400 short-term observers to monitor the electoral process on election day, 11 September. 

09.08.2016

Gisela Wurm, head of the PACE pre-mission: "I am impressed by your hospitality"
Gisela Wurm, head of the PACE pre-mission: "I am impressed by Belarus' hospitality" Belarus is expecting an objective assessment of the 2016 parliamentary elections from the international community. This was stated during the August 9 meeting between Belarusian parliamentarians and the preliminary mission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). This visit will last 4 days.

08.08.2016

PACE pre-election observation mission to visit Belarus from 8 to 11 August
PACE pre-election observation mission to visit Belarus from 8 to 11 August A PACE pre-election observation mission will visit Belarus from 8 to 11 August, a month before the parliamentary elections 2016. Besides, deputy chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will visit Belarus 13 August. More than 230 foreign observers have already been accredited for the monitoring of the parliamentary elections. These are nearly 200 people from the CIS mission and at least 50 from the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

05.08.2016

Observer missions inspect district commissions during 2016 Belarus parliamentary election
OSCE pleased with cooperation with Belarus during 2016 parliamentary elections The CIS observer mission needs to develop common approaches for the assessment of the parliamentary elections together with colleagues from OSCE ODIHR. This opinion was expressed by Head of Mission of the Commonwealth observers Sergey Lebedev who visited district election commissions August 5.   

01.08.2016

Central Election Commission of Belarus press conference
Women account for 70% in precinct election commissions More than two candidates are going to compete for one deputy seat in the House of Representatives of Belarus this autumn. Head of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina has named preliminary statistical data during the 2016 parliamentary election. The commissions have received documents from 263 potential candidates. However, the CEC did not rule out that the number of candidates can increase. There is still time to collect the required number of signatures.

12.07.2016

SCO shows interest in Belarus parliamentary elections, Lidia Yermoshina says District election commissions registered 428 initiative groups throughout Belarus for the parliamentary election, due on September 11. They will collect signatures for the nomination of candidates for deputies of the lower chamber of the National Assembly of the 6th convocation. The majority of groups are registered in Minsk and the fewest number in the Vitebsk region. This data is not conclusive. Election commissions continue working with applications.

08.07.2016

OSCE ODIHR to send mission for Belarus parliamentary elections
OSCE ODIHR to send mission for Belarus parliamentary elections ODIHR has announced the recruitment of staff for an observation mission for the 2016 parliamentary elections in Belarus. The Bureau has already received an invitation from the Belarusian side and is now preparing to send a mission. First, the ODIHR will choose the head of mission, his deputy, a political analyst, an analyst for the election and a coordinator of long-term observers. It is assumed that they will begin their work at the end of July.

09.06.2016

Belarus sends invitations to OSCE election observers prior to 2016 parliamentary election
Belarus invites OSCE to observe 2016 parliamentary election On 9 June, the Foreign Ministry reported that Belarus had sent invitations to the OSCE ODIHR and the CIS Executive Committee to take part in the international observation of the elections to the Belarusian Parliament. The main day of voting during elections of House of Representatives deputies is scheduled for September 11.        

24.05.2016

Belarus' electoral legislation in line with international principles, President Lukashenko says
Belarus' electoral legislation in line with international principles, President Lukashenko says The independence of the country and welfare of Belarusian people are the criteria on which the forthcoming parliamentary election campaign in Belarus should rest, said on May 24 the President of Belarus at a meeting to discuss the organization of the 2016 parliamentary elections. Less than a month ago, the President raised issues of improving the electoral process, including taking into account the recommendations of the OSCE ODIHR. 

13.05.2016

Belarus participating in international project to strengthen security measures in SALW warehouses
Belarus participating in international project to strengthen security measures in weapons warehouses In order to strengthen stability in Central and Eastern Europe Belarus, together with international organizations, is implementing an international project on strengthening of security measures in the warehouses of small arms and light weapons. To reduce the risk of their spread, seven military units have been equipped with modern alarm systems, with fences replaced. 

25.04.2016

Minsk to host international Chernobyl disaster forum
Minsk to host international Chernobyl disaster forum On April 25, Minsk will host a meeting dedicated to one of the most significant man-made disasters in history - the Chernobyl tragedy, which happened almost exactly 30 years ago.  Representatives of the Government, state administration bodies, Belarus' general public and foreign partners of our country will take part in the international forum in the Palace of the Republic.

26.02.2016

Viktor Guminsky
Europe highly appreciates role of Belarus in strengthening stability and peace in OSCE region Europe highly appreciates the role of Belarus in strengthening stability and peace in the OSCE region. The Belarusian delegation headed by Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Viktor Guminsky is taking part in the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE in Vienna. The main topics under discussion are regional conflicts, migrant crisis, and the fight against international terrorism. Viktor Guminsky held meetings with the heads of the delegations of Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, and Sweden.
Vienna
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly winter session held in Vienna The Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE is taking place in Vienna. The Belarusian delegation is headed by Viktor Guminsky, the Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives. The representatives of Belarus took part in the session of the General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions.

16.02.2016

Belarus may implement OSCE ODIHR election recommendations
Belarus accepts OSCE ODIHR election recommendations Belarus will make every effort to implement OSCE ODIHR recommendations on the conduct of elections. To this end, Belarus has created a special commission, which consists of 10 experts: parliamentarians, representatives of the relevant Ministries and the Central Election Commission.  Within a month, experts will examine in detail the OSCE report and determine what changes can be implemented.

12.02.2016

Foreign Ministry: Belarus urges to consolidate efforts to support Minsk peace process
Foreign Ministry: Belarus urges to consolidate efforts to support Minsk peace process Belarus calls to consolidate efforts to support the Minsk peace process on Ukraine, reads the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in connection with the anniversary of the coordination of the "Complex measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements." There is still a long way to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, but at stake is not only the life and well-being, but also the fate of the entire system of European security.  An important role in this process belongs to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. 

04.02.2016

Lavrov: Color revolution in Belarus impossible
Lavrov: Color revolution in Belarus impossible A color revolution in Belarus is impossible, since the vast majority of the population would not support it, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

31.01.2016

Belarus confirms interest in dialogue with OSCE ODIHR
Belarus confirms interest in dialogue with OSCE ODIHR Belarus confirms interest in continuing a constructive dialogue with the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE. Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei on 29 January met with representatives of the organization, as well as the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. During the meeting the sides discussed the findings and recommendations of the final report of the European observation mission for the 2015 presidential elections in Belarus, as well as prospects of cooperation. 

28.01.2016

Central Election Committee of Belarus
Belarus satisfied with OSCE ODIHR final report on 2015 presidential elections Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina was generally satisfied with the final report of the OSCE ODIHR on the 2015 presidential election and the process of interaction between the Organization and Belarus. The report of the monitoring mission has been published today, January 28. Lidia Yermoshina called the document constructive and taking into account positive aspects. 

03.12.2015

Belarus ready to step up contribution to security and stability of Europe
Belarus ready to step up contribution to security and stability of Europe Belarus is ready to increase its contribution to the security and stability of Europe, stated the Foreign Minister of Belarus at the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OSCE. Vladimir Makei focused on factors that reduce the effectiveness of the OSCE. Belarus thinks the inter-state relations are still dominated by the right of force, confrontation and sanctions thinking, while diplomacy takes a back seat.
Belarus' to partake in OSCE foreign ministers' meeting in Belgrade
Belarus' to partake in OSCE foreign ministers' meeting in Belgrade Strengthening the fight against terrorism and bolstering regional security. Such are the topics of the meeting of the Council of Ministers of OSCE Foreign Affairs due to take place in Belgrade today. Belarus is also taking part in the event. The Belarusian delegation will lay out its vision for achieving security in Europe.

29.11.2015

OSCE interested in Belarusian experience in fighting online drug trafficking
OSCE interested in Belarus' combating online drug trafficking The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is interested in Belarusian experience in fighting online drug trafficking. In 2015 alone, Belarus closed 84 virtual shops, blocked more than 170 electronic wallets used by drug dealers. On November 26, the first results of the implementation of resonant anti-drug decree No.6 were discussed.

13.10.2015

Belarus Election Commission satisfied with preliminary findings of OSCE mission
Belarus Election Commission satisfied with preliminary findings of OSCE mission This was reported today by the head of the CEC. Monitoring the presidential campaign were more than 400 international observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the OSCE ODIHR. Today, the CEC held a meeting with the leadership of the mission. The report notes the openness of election commission members, their cooperation with observers and the work of media.

12.10.2015

President Lukashenko thanks CIS observation mission for work and objectivity in assessment
President Lukashenko thanks CIS observation mission for work and objectivity in assessment Head of the CIS observation mission, chairman of the executive committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Sergei Lebedev presented to Alexander Lukashenko a draft Statement of the conclusions on the results of the monitoring of the presidential election as of October 12. 
Belarus' MP: Belarusian people knows whom to elect
Belarus' MP: Belarusian people knows whom to elect Vitaly Busko, MP of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus: I want first of all to congratulate us on our victory. This is not the first time I have taken part in the presidential election campaign.  Of course, now observers have noted increased political culture, which speaks in favor of the voters, who are more organized... The same voter turnout...

11.10.2015

Bruce Bucknell, UK ambassador to Belarus
Bucknell: I know election is a holiday for Belarusians Numerous experts are monitoring the Belarus presidential election 2015. Among them, there are about 40,000 local and more than 900 international observers. These are representatives of Belarusian civil society organizations, political parties, labor collectives, as well as foreign missions.  The most representative foreign observer groups are the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE as well as the Commonwealth of Independent States.

10.10.2015

Presidential election 2015: About 28% of Belarusians vote early by October 10 morning
Presidential election 2015: About 28% of Belarusians vote early by October 10 morning Saturday October 10 was the last day of early voting. Journalists, mostly foreign, gathered at the Information Center of the Palace of the Republic in the center of Minsk. These are representatives of the world's largest media. Observers from many European and former Soviet countries have come to Belarus to monitor the presidential election. CIS observers started work in Belarus earlier than others. They have recently prepared an interim report which they had passed to the chairman of the lower chamber of Belarus' parliament.
Presidential election 2015: Olympic gymnastics champion Yelena Volchetskaya votes early
Presidential election 2015: Olympic gymnastics champion Yelena Volchetskaya votes early Almost one in five voters in Belarus has already made their choice. This is the data for the first three days of the early voting. The elections were monitored by national observers and representatives of many international organizations (over 900). Famous Soviet gymnast, 1964 Olympic champion, a native of Belarus Elena Volchetskaya voted early October 9 at her polling station. Personal plans do not allow her to come into the main election day.

08.10.2015

Belarus' Sports Minister votes in presidential election
Belarus' Sports Minister votes in presidential election October 8 is the third day of early voting in the election of the President of the Republic of Belarus. In the two previous days, almost 11% of people made their choice.  As practice shows, among those who are willing to vote early are students who go on a weekend visit to their parents and athletes participating in international competitions.
Almost 11% vote at Belarus presidential election
Almost 11% vote at Belarus presidential election Every tenth voter in Belarus has already taken part in presidential elections. According to the Central Election Commission, almost 11% of people in voter lists have fulfilled their civic duty.  The most active were residents of the Gomel and Vitebsk regions.

05.10.2015

2015 presidential election in Belarus: meetings with voters, debates and organizational issues
2015 presidential election in Belarus: meetings with voters, debates and organizational issues The forthcoming week will take place in Belarus under the sign of big politics. The election of the Belarus President is due in 7 days, on October 11. Pickets, leaflets, meetings and posters. Candidates have only a few days to persuade the electorate to their side. Nikolai Ulakhovich is campaigning in the city center, this time without the Cossack coloring. Business suit and readiness to talk to everyone.

28.09.2015

Belarus preparing for presidential elections: interim report of observers
Belarus: Two weeks prior to 2015 presidential election While medals is the main goal in sport, the presidential election is the main test for any politician. Only two weeks remain until the moment when Belarus will determine its future during the vote.
Jacques Faure, head of OSCE election observation mission in Belarus
OSCE satisfied with cooperation with Belarusian authorities ahead of 2015 presidential election Jacques Faure, head of OSCE election observation mission, has answered the questions of the TV program Week on the CTV channel. The OSCE ODIHR mission has been working in Belarus since August. Are you satisfied with the conditions you are working in?

24.09.2015

Belarus accredits 500 international observers to monitor 2015 presidential elections
Belarus accredits 500 international observers to monitor 2015 presidential elections The Belarusian Central Election Commission has accredited 500 international observers to monitor the presidential elections. Most of them are officials representing the long-term mission of the Commonwealth of Independent States. OSCE ODIHR observer mission is over 80-strong. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has almost 70 observers. In addition, the number of national observers is increasing. Territorial commissions for elections of the President have accredited more than 18 thousand observers. They represent labor groups, associations and political parties.

22.09.2015

Election 2015: Kent Härstedt thanks Belarus for inviting OSCE monitors
Election 2015: Kent Härstedt thanks Belarus for inviting OSCE monitors The candidates for the highest office in Belarus are in equal conditions for campaigning and the election campaign is taking place openly and transparently, in accordance with the law. These findings are contained in the interim report of the mission of CIS observers. The special coordinator of the mission of short-term observers of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Kent Härstedt, also voiced his opinion on the progress of the presidential campaign during a meeting with Belarusian MPs. Short-term observers arrive in Belarus October 7.
Kent Härstedt meets with Belarusian MPs ahead of 2015 presidential vote
OSCE's Kent Härstedt meets with Belarusian MPs ahead of 2015 presidential vote At the upcoming presidential election, the Belarusian side will create all conditions for the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly observer mission. On September 22 there was held a meeting at the House of Representatives with the special coordinator of a short-term observer mission. Kent Harsted, as Vice-President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, was in Belarus at the end of June 2015. All in all, Belarus Central Election Commission has accredited 385 international experts to monitor the running campaign.

21.09.2015

CIS, OSCE observation missions to exchange interim reports on 2015 election in Belarus
CIS, OSCE observation missions to exchange interim reports on 2015 election in Belarus Belarus continues the pre-election marathon. The main political event of the year takes place in three weeks. Presidential candidates have started campaigning - their addresses have been aired on television. They are also meeting with voters in the regions. Meanwhile, observers make first statements. 

15.09.2015

OSCE ODIHR mission visits Belarus' Grodno
OSCE ODIHR mission visits Belarus' Grodno The OSCE mission to monitor the elections in Belarus, headed by Jacques Faure, have visited Grodno. The foreign observers met with the leadership of the region and discussed the issues of the election campaign in the region. The guests asked about the activity of citizens and campaigning matters. The observers noted the willingness of local authorities to cooperate and provide them with all the needed information. The main issue of the meeting was readiness to accept short-term observers from the OSCE.

27.08.2015

Lidia Yermoshina: Over 620 national observers accredited at territorial election commissions
Lidia Yermoshina: Over 620 national observers accredited at territorial election commissions More than 620 national observers have been accredited by territorial election commissions, said August 27 chairwoman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) Lidia Yermoshina. Public associations have sent the majority of observers, almost 500 people. As many as 72 observers accredited are from political parties. In addition, currently two international missions - the CIS and the OSCE ODIHR - are currently working in Belarus.
Jacques Faure hopes for fruitful cooperation with everyone during 2015 presidential election in Belarus
OSCE ODIHR mission says does not intend to interfere with electoral process in Belarus Do not interfere, but only watch. The head of the OSCE observation mission Jacques Faure said that the work of the experts during the 2015 presidential campaign in Belarus in no way implies interference in the electoral process. As many as 11 experts from 10 countries that belong to the OSCE region arrived in Minsk with Mr Faure. Next Monday they will be joined by another 36 observers from 16 countries. All in all, OSCE will deploy over 400 election monitoring experts. They will work all over Belarus.

26.08.2015

Jacques Faure hopes for fruitful cooperation with everyone during 2015 presidential election in Belarus
Jacques Faure hopes for fruitful cooperation with everyone during 2015 presidential election in Belarus OSCE mission observing the presidential elections in Belarus looks forward to fruitful cooperation with all participants of the electoral process, said the mission’s head Jacques Faure in Minsk August 26. According to the French diplomat, 11 experts from 10 countries that belong to the OSCE region had arrived with him in the Belarusian capital. Next Monday they will be joined by 36 observers from 16 countries. They will work in all regions of Belarus.

18.08.2015

CIS mission begins 2015 Belarus presidential election observation
CIS mission begins 2015 Belarus presidential election observation Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Belarus on August 18 gave the head of the CIS observation mission Sergei Lebedev a license in connection with the beginning of the mission's work and also a mandate of an international observer.

06.08.2015

Belarus' Election Commission expects 40 long-term and 400 short-term OSCE observers at 2015 presidential elelction
Belarus' Election Commission expects 40 long-term and 400 short-term OSCE observers at 2015 presidential elelction The monitoring of presidential elections will be attended by 40 long-term and 400 short-term observers from the OSCE, chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Belarus Lidia Yermoshina told reporters today. "The OSCE working group, who visited us not long ago, suggested that somewhere by September 1, 40 long-term observers from the OSCE will arrive in Belarus. It is expected that there will also be about 400 short-term observers," said Mrs Yermoshina.

21.07.2015

OSCE Chairman Ivica Dacic attends tripartite talks of Ukraine contact group
OSCE Chairman Ivica Dacic attends tripartite talks of Ukraine contact group in Minsk On July 21 Ivica Dacic took part in the next round of tripartite negotiations of the contact group to resolve the situation in the Donbass. As he himself put it, this was done in order to encourage the political process. In search of a compromise between official Kyiv and the self-proclaimed republics, a meeting of the contact group on Ukraine was held in Minsk. The main and the most important question was a complete cease-fire. The parties had not achieved that by the time of the meeting.
Alexander Lukashenko to OSCE head: In fact, war is going on in Europe Other heads of state should be more actively involved in the resolution of the Ukrainian conflict, said the Belarus President at a meeting with First Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Ivica Dacic. Serbia has been chairing this organization since January, after Switzerland.
OSCE chief Ivica Dacic: Minsk has become a synonym for settlement of Ukraine crisis
OSCE chief Ivica Dacic: Minsk has become a synonym for settlement of Ukraine crisis OSCE chief Ivica Dacic: Minsk has become a synonym for settlement of Ukraine crisis Belarus fully supports Serbia's efforts to improve security in the OSCE area of ​​responsibility - this was announced after a meeting of Belarus' foreign minister with OSCE Chairman Ivica Dacic. Vladimir Makei stressed that our country will continue to support all efforts aimed at achieving the creation of a single space of stability and security in Europe.
OSCE chief Ivica Dacic visiting Minsk July 21, 2015
OSCE chief Ivica Dacic visiting Minsk July 21 The current chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is holding talks with the leadership of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus. At a meeting with Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei, Ivica Dacic said that today he would attend the meeting of the tripartite contact group to resolve the situation in Ukraine in order to encourage the political process.   The contact group will hold talks behind closed doors.

15.07.2015

OSCE experts arrive in Minsk to assess pre-election atmosphere
OSCE experts arrive in Minsk to assess pre-election atmosphere OSCE experts will estimate the pre-election environment in Belarus. On July 14, representatives of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Europe arrived in Minsk. They will study the preparations for the presidential elections in our country until 17 July. Their working plans include meetings with representatives of state bodies and political parties. Then, based on their recommendations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will determine how to monitor the elections of the Belarusian head of state.

10.07.2015

Belarus counts on OSCE support in Minsk talks on Ukraine
Belarus counts on OSCE support in Minsk talks on Ukraine Belarus counts on the support of the OSCE Minsk during the negotiations on the situation in Ukraine. This was announced on July 9 by the Foreign Ministry of Belarus. Representatives of OSCE, the world's largest regional organization dealing with security issues, will discuss the settlement of the situation in the Donbass region at an informal high-level meeting in Helsinki.

06.07.2015

Central Election Commission building in Minsk
PACE appoints observers for 2015 Belarus presidential elections The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has appointed observers for the 2015 presidential elections in Belarus. According to preliminary data, the mission includes 27 politicians from five parties, including their substituents. This team includes the current rapporteur on Belarus of the PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy Andrea Rigoni. Observers represent various countries: France, Germany, the UK, Sweden, Italy, Spain, and others.

16.06.2015

OSCE appreciates Belarus' role in settlement of Ukrainian conflict
OSCE appreciates Belarus' role in settlement of Ukrainian conflict The OSCE appreciates the role of Belarus in the settlement of the Ukrainian conflict. Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Lamberto Zannier said this meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei in Minsk.  The two sides held talks on cooperation of our country and the organization. The sides exchanged views on issues of European security. The settlement of the situation in Ukraine and Belarus' contribution to this process were among the topic issues.
Belarus to liquidate stocks of liquid rocket fuel components with OSCE assistance The defense ministry of Belarus held talks with OSCE representatives on joint projects on June 16. Minister Andrei Ravkov and OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier agreed on the elimination of stocks of liquid rocket fuel components.  They will be destroyed outside Belarus with the financial and technical support from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. 
Alexander Lukashenko: Ukrainian crisis shows need for strengthening of OSCE role
Alexander Lukashenko: Ukrainian crisis shows OSCE role should be strengthened Belarus is in favor of strengthening the OSCE's role. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said this at a meeting with Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Lamberto Zannier. These days he is on a visit in Minsk together with Michael Georg Link, Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
Belarus President: OSCE will be able to appoint any monitors for 2015 presidential elections
Belarus says any OSCE monitors welcome for 2015 presidential election observation President Alexander Lukashenko met on June 16 with the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Lamberto Zannier to discuss the main political event of the year in Belarus - the presidential election. According to Alexander Lukashenko, the OSCE will be able to send to Belarus any monitors it deems necessary.
OSCE election monitoring mission may arrive in Belarus in July
OSCE election monitoring mission may arrive in Belarus in July An OSCE mission tasked with election monitoring in Belarus may come to the country in the second half of July, said the head of the Central Election Commission of Belarus at a meeting with the Director of the OSCE ODIHR Michael Georg Link. Lidia Yermoshina noted that during the talks, the sides touched on the working aspects related to future elections.
Lamberto Zannier, OSCE Secretary General
Contact group meeting on Ukraine underway in Minsk June 16 Minsk will host on June 16 the next round of talks to resolve the Ukrainian conflict. This was announced by the Secretary General of the OSCE. Now Lamberto Zannier is visiting Belarus. According to him, today our capital is to host contact group discussions, as well as meetings of the three working sub-groups: on security, political and humanitarian issues.

11.06.2015

OSCE Secretary General, ODIHR Director to visit Belarus June 15, 16
OSCE Secretary General, ODIHR Director to visit Belarus June 15, 16 The OSCE Secretary General and the Director of the ODIHR will visit Belarus June 15 and 16. This was reported on June 11 by the Foreign Minister of our country. During the visit, there will be held a series of meetings, including at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The officials will discuss the situation in the region and cooperation between Belarus and the OSCE.