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Belarus Happiness
Happiness

5.53

0 unhappy, 10 happy

2020
The Happiness ranking is part of the World Happiness Report. The country scores are based on a survey in which respondents evaluate the quality of their current lives on a scale of 0 to 10.
Belarus Life expectancy
Life expectancy

74.23

years

2019
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life. Measure: years, Source: The World Bank
Belarus Political stability
Political stability

-0.73

-2.5 weak, 2.5 strong

2020
The Political Stability Index and Absence of Violence/Terrorism measures perceptions of the likelihood that the government will be destabilized or overthrown by unconstitutional or violent means, including politically-motivated violence and terrorism. Measure: points; Source: The World Bank
Belarus Political rights
Political rights

7

7 weak, 1 strong

2020
The Political Rights ratings evaluate three categories: electoral process, political pluralism and participation, and the functioning of government. The index ranges from 1 (strong rights) to 7 (weak rights). Measure: points; Source: The Freedom House
Belarus Civil liberties
Civil liberties

6

7 weak, 1 strong

2020
The Civil Liberties index evaluate the following: freedom of expression and belief, associational and organizational rights, rule of law, and personal autonomy and individual rights. The rating ranges from 1 (strong liberties) to 7 (no liberties). Measure: points; Source: The Freedom House
Belarus Corruption
Corruption

47

100 = no corruption

2020
The Corruption Perceptions Index is an indicator of perceptions of public sector corruption, i.e. administrative and political corruption (based on information from surveys and assessments of corruption, collected by a variety of reputable institutions). Measure: points; Source: Transparency International
Belarus Population
Population

9.40

Million

2020
Total population is indicated in Millions and is based on the de facto definition of population, which counts all residents regardless of legal status or citizenship. The values shown are midyear estimates. Measure: million; Source: United Nations Population Division
Belarus Population growth
Population growth

-0.20

% growth / year

2020
Annual population growth rate for year t is the exponential rate of growth of midyear population from year t-1 to t, expressed as a percentage . Population is based on the de facto definition of population, which counts all residents regardless of legal status or citizenship. Measure: percent; Source: United Nations Population Division
Belarus Population density
Population density

46

People per square km

2020
Population density is midyear population divided by land area in square kilometers. Population is based on the de facto definition of population, which counts all residents regardless of legal status or citizenship. Measure: people per square km; Source: Food and Agriculture Organization
Belarus Urban population
Urban population

79.48

% of total population

2020
Urban population refers to people living in urban areas as defined by national statistical offices. Measure: percent; Source: United Nations Population Division
Belarus Migrant population
Migrant population

11

% of total

2015
International migrant stock is the number of people born in a country other than that in which they live. It also includes refugees. Measure: percent; Source: United Nations Population Division
Belarus Economic growth
Economic growth

-0.90

% of GDP

2020
Economic growth is intended as the annual percentage growth rate of GDP at market prices based on constant local currency. Measure: percent; Source: The World Bank
Belarus Foreign Direct Investment
Foreign Direct Investment

1.98

% of GDP

2019
Foreign direct investment are the net inflows of investment to acquire a lasting management interest in an enterprise operating in an economy other than that of the investor (new investment inflows less disinvestment). Measure: percent; Source: The World Bank
Belarus Exports
Exports

61.90

% of GDP

2020
Exports of goods and services represent the value of all goods and other market services provided to the rest of the world. Measure: percent; Source: The World Bank
Belarus Government debt
Government debt

48.05

% of GDP

2020
Government debt includes domestic and foreign liabilities such as currency and money deposits, securities other than shares, and loans. It is the gross amount of government liabilities reduced by the amount of equity and financial derivatives held by the government.
Belarus Capital investment
Capital investment

26.27

% of GDP

2020
Capital investments are fixed assets including for example land improvements, plant, machinery, construction of roads, railways, schools, offices, hospitals, private residential, commercial and industrial buildings, etc. Measure: percent; Source: The World Bank
Belarus Inflation
Inflation

5.5

% yearly change

2020
Inflation as measured by the consumer price index reflects the annual percentage change in the cost to the average consumer of acquiring a basket of goods and services that may be fixed or changed at specified intervals, such as yearly. Measure: percent; Source: The World Bank
Belarus R&D
R&D

0.60

% of GDP

2018
Gross domestic expenditures on research and development (R&D), expressed as a percent of GDP. They include both capital and current expenditures in the four main sectors: Business enterprise, Government, Higher education and Private non-profit. Measure: percent; Source: The United Nations
Belarus Shadow economy
Shadow economy

32.37

% of GDP

2015
The shadow economy as percent of total annual GDP. Source: Leandro Medina and Friedrich Schneider (2018).
Belarus Health spending
Health spending

5.64

% of GDP

2018
Level of current health expenditure expressed as a percentage of GDP including healthcare goods and services consumed during each year but does not including capital health expenditures such as buildings, machinery, IT and stocks of vaccines for emergency or outbreaks. Measure: percent; Source: The World Bank
Belarus Education spending
Education spending

4.95

% of GDP

2020
General government expenditure on education is expressed as a percentage of GDP. It includes expenditure funded by transfers from international sources to government. General government usually refers to local, regional and central governments. Measure: percent; Source: UNESCO
Belarus Military spending
Military spending

1.25

% of GDP

2020
Military spending includes expenditure on peacekeeping, defense ministries, paramilitary forces, space activities, military and civil personnel, procurement, military research and development, and aid. Measure: percent; Source: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
Belarus Unemployment
Unemployment

4.77

% of labor force

2020
Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment. Measure: percent; Source: The World Bank
Belarus Females unemployment
Females unemployment

3.50

% of female labor force

2019
Female unemployment refers to the share of the female labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment. Measure: percent; Source: The World Bank
Belarus Males unemployment
Males unemployment

5.88

% of male labor force

2019
Male unemployment refers to the share of the male labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment. Measure: percent; Source: The World Bank
Belarus Youth unemployment
Youth unemployment

10.63

% of 15-24 labor force

2019
Youth unemployment refers to the share of the labor force ages 15-24 without work but available for and seeking employment. Measure: percent; Source: The World Bank
Belarus Cost of starting a business
Cost of starting a business

0.50

% of income per capita

2019
The cost of starting a business indicator includes all official fees and fees for legal or professional services if such services are required by law. The company law, the commercial code, and specific regulations and fee schedules are used as sources for calculating costs. Measure: percent; Source: The World Bank
Belarus Tax rate
Tax rate

53.30

% of commercial profits

2019
Total tax rate measures the amount of taxes and mandatory contributions payable by businesses after accounting for allowable deductions and exemptions as a share of commercial profits. Personal income tax, VAT, sales taxes or goods and service taxes are excluded. Measure: percent; Source: The World Bank
Belarus Number of taxes paid by businesses
Number of taxes paid by businesses

7

2019
Tax payments by businesses are the total number of taxes paid by businesses, including electronic filing. The tax is counted as paid once a year even if payments are more frequent. Measure: taxes; Source: The World Bank
Belarus Patent applications
Patent applications

298

by residents

2019
Patent applications are worldwide patent applications filed through the Patent Cooperation Treaty procedure or with a national patent office for exclusive rights for an invention. A patent provides protection for the invention to the owner of the patent for a limited period, generally 20 years. Measure: patent applications; Source: The World Intellectual Property Organization
Belarus Internet users
Internet users

85.09

% of population

2020
Internet users are individuals who have used the Internet (from any location) in the last 3 months. The Internet can be used via a computer, mobile phone, personal digital assistant, games machine, digital TV etc. Measure: percent; Source: The World Bank
Belarus Land area
Land area

202980

sq. km

2020
Land area is a country's total area, excluding area under inland water bodies, national claims to continental shelf, and exclusive economic zones. In most cases the definition of inland water bodies includes major rivers and lakes. Measure: sq. km; Source: Food and Agriculture Organization
Belarus Agricultural land
Agricultural land

84530

sq. km.

2018
Agricultural land refers to the share of land area that is arable, under permanent crops, and under permanent pastures. Measure: sq. km; Source: The World Bank
Belarus Forest area
Forest area

87676.0

sq. km

2020
Forest area is land under natural or planted stands of trees of at least 5 meters in situ, whether productive or not, and excludes tree stands in agricultural production systems (for example, in fruit plantations and agroforestry systems) and trees in urban parks and gardens. Measure: percent; Source: Food and Agriculture Organization
Belarus Precipitation
Precipitation

618

mm per year

2017
Average precipitation is the long-term average in depth (over space and time) of annual precipitation in the country. Precipitation is defined as any kind of water that falls from clouds as a liquid or a solid. Measure: mm per year; Source: Food and Agriculture Organization
Belarus Energy imports
Energy imports

86.78

% total energy use

2014
Net energy imports are estimated as energy use less production, both measured in oil equivalents. A negative value indicates that the country is a net exporter. Measure: percent; Source: The World Bank
Belarus Oil production
Oil production

34.37

thousand barrels / day

2020
Oil production. Measure: thousand Barrels Per Day; Source: The U.S. Energy Information Agency
Belarus Renewable power capacity
Renewable power capacity

0.43

million kilowatts

2020
Total capacity to produce electricity from renewable resources in million kilowatts. Source: The U.S. Energy Information Administration
Belarus Carbon dioxide emissions
Carbon dioxide emissions

6.28

metric tons per capita

2018
Carbon dioxide emissions are those stemming from the burning of fossil fuels and the manufacture of cement. They include carbon dioxide produced during consumption of solid, liquid, and gas fuels and gas flaring. Source: The World Bank. Measure: metric tons; Source: The World Bank
Belarus ATMs
ATMs

55.86

per 100,000 adults

2020
Number of ATMs per 100,000 adults. Automated teller machines are computerized telecommunications devices that provide clients of a financial institution with access to financial transactions in a public place. Measure: ATMs per 100,000 adults; Source: The World Bank
Belarus Homicides
Homicides

3.6

per 100,000 people

2014
Number of homicides per 100,000 people per year. Source: The UN office on drugs and crime
Belarus Robberies
Robberies

26

per 100,000 people

2014
Number of robberies per 100,000 people per year. Source: The UN office on drugs and crime
Belarus Suicides
Suicides

21.20

per 100,000 population

2019
Suicide mortality rate is the number of suicide deaths in a year per 100,000 population. Source: The World Health Organization
Belarus Prisoners
Prisoners

343

per 100,000 people

2017
Number of prisoners per 100,000 people. Source: The UN office on drugs and crime

Belarus News More

Belarus Publications More

Motion on Non- Discrimination of Young Belarusian Activists an...
Policy Brief
May 20, 2022
youthforum.org
Motion on Non- Discrimination of Young Belarusian Activists and Support for Democratic Principles in Europe
Open
New forms of employment in the eastern partnership countries: ...
Report
June 11, 2021
etf.europa.eu
New forms of employment in the eastern partnership countries: platform work – Belarus
Open
China's policy towards Belarus and Ukraine: A limited chal...
Policy Brief
December 14, 2020
fiia.fi
China's policy towards Belarus and Ukraine: A limited challenge to Sino-Russian relations
Open
7 Measures Public Authorities Must Take to Protect Homeless Pe...
Infographic
April 9, 2020
feantsa.org
7 Measures Public Authorities Must Take to Protect Homeless People from Covid_19
Open
Life's hard and then you die - with no choice and no voice...
Policy Brief
September 19, 2018
feantsa.org
Life's hard and then you die - with no choice and no voice: Exploring end of life priorities within the homeless population in the UK
Open
Tackling counterfeiting and piracy across the EU – the impa...
Press Release
December 13, 2017
ICWE GmbH
Intensive cooperation and coordination between enforcement authorities at EU level has led to the seizure of millions of fake and possibly harmful products and has helped to take down several transnational criminal ne...
Open
VulnerABLE: Pilot project related to the development of eviden...
Report
November 9, 2017
health-inequalities.eu
VulnerABLE: Pilot project related to the development of evidence based strategies to improve the health of isolated and vulnerable persons
Open
In spite of having been long evoked in all its horror by writers who had lived it and by champions of the poor, it is nonetheless still explained by lawyers and defended by property owners as a necessary evil.
Open
The factsheet presents seven case studies from across Europe, representing practical examples of innovative and daring experimental ideas to create affordable and high-quality housing.
Open
Energy, Russian Influence, and Democratic Backsliding in Centr...
Publication
May 11, 2017
epthinktank.eu
Energy, Russian Influence, and Democratic Backsliding in Central and Eastern Europe
Open
Adolescent obesity and related behaviours: trends and inequali...
Report
May 8, 2017
unric.org
Adolescent obesity and related behaviours: trends and inequalities in the WHO European Region, 2002–2014
Open
CONTESTED SPACE: EASTERN EUROPE BETWEEN RUSSIA AND THE EU March 2017 [email protected] | WWW.CER.ORG.UK 3 The Soviet Union officially ceased to exist on December 26 th 1991, but by then all 15 of its constituent republi...
Open
The shape of the invisible
Publication
February 20, 2017
youris.com GEIE
Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand’s artworks shed (acoustic) light on quantum phenomena
Open
Thermally efficient social housing for young adults
Publication
January 12, 2017
youris.com GEIE
When young people move out of supported accommodation the leap to independent living can be tough. A new project in the north west of England is converting a former sheltered housing block for elderly people into mana...
Open

Belarus VideosMore

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Webinar - Women's safety and protection from gender-based violence in mixed homelessness services
7 Dec 2022
FEANTSA
Supporting gender-based violence survivors when the perpetrator is present. Speakers: - Laura Slimani, Fondation des Femmes, France - Louisa Steele, Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse, UK If you would like to join the FEANTSA Women network email Dalma Fabian at [email protected]
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security #OSCEMC2022 Statement by the Head of the Delegation of Belarus
#OSCEMC2022 Statement by the Head of the Delegation of Belarus
1 Dec 2022
The Organization for...
Statement by the Head of the Delegation of Belarus at the Plenary Session of the 29th OSCE Ministerial Council, Łódź, Poland, 1-2 December 2022.
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social FEANTSA Webinar: Digital Transition and Homelessness
FEANTSA Webinar: Digital Transition and Homelessness
24 Nov 2022
FEANTSA
FEANTSA Webinar: Digital Transition and Homelessness (23 November 2022) Europe is experiencing a fast and increased digital transition in all areas of life, including social services. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has further enhanced this transition, revealing at the same time inequalities across Europe in that regard. Several strategies at EU level, including the ‘Path to the Digital Decade’ and the ‘Digital Education Action Plan’, aim to regulate the transition while noting that the opportunities brought about by digitalisation are not always available to everyone. It is very true that this transition threatens to further exclude those who are already experiencing vulnerabilities and who often struggle to deal with ICTs, such as people experiencing poverty or social exclusion. At the same time, digital inclusion can bring some opportunities to exit destitution, but more investment in resources and education is needed for that to happen, particularly for the non-formal education providers and social services working with people in vulnerable situations. FEANTSA has been monitoring the latest policies in the area of the digital transition and works to raise awareness on the need to support digital inclusion for all. We underline that there is an existing need to analyse how ICT tools can be used to bridge the digital and social inclusion gap which impacts vulnerable groups and homeless people. Our goal with the webinar on “Digital transition and Homelessness” was to provide evidence and analysis to ensure that the digital transition includes vulnerable and excluded people. Particularly, what impact can EU policies in this area have for CSOs working with people in destitution, and for people themselves? What are their needs and how to better address them? These questions and more were addressed during the webinar from Wednesday 23rd November. Agenda of the webinar: • Welcome & Introduction: Simona Barbu & Sergio Pérez, FEANTSA • Setting the frame: digital needs and support for people in homelessness: David Lowis, researcher at the Berlin University of the Arts • How is digital exclusion experienced from the ground?: Alice De Ronne, Solinum (France); Ellina van der Boon, De Regenboog Groep (Netherlands); Daan Vinck and Daniel Ciancio, Hobo vzw, speaker (Belgium) • Reactions from CSOs & discussion: what policies in tackling digital exclusion of those who are socially excluded?: with the participation of: Elisa Lironi, European Citizen Action Service & coordinator of the digital cluster of the Civil Society CoFoE ; Claire Fernandez, European Digital Rights; Benjamin Ignac, public policy expert in tech policy and human rights • Summary of the discussions & way forward: Simona Barbu & Sergio Pérez, FEANTSA
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development Ms Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, National Leader of BelarusSpecial guest address on 17 Nov 2022
Ms Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, National Leader of BelarusSpecial guest address on 17 Nov 2022
19 Nov 2022
Platform of European...
International Conference “Russia’s hybrid war against the democratic world. A challenge for European remembrance policy” which took place in Prague on 16-18 November 2022
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social FEANTSA Info Session for Urban Projects Focusing on Tackling Homelessness - EUI Funding Opportunity
FEANTSA Info Session for Urban Projects Focusing on Tackling Homelessness - EUI Funding Opportunity
18 Nov 2022
FEANTSA
FEANTSA Info Session for Urban Projects Focusing on Tackling Homelessness - EUI Funding Opportunity The European Urban Initiative (EUI) will provide a maximum of 5M€ per urban project focusing on the New European Bauhaus and it cannot last more than three and a half years. The deadline to submit your proposal is 19 January 2023. The projects must focus on the transformation of cities and encourage investments, one of the themes being “adapting and transforming buildings for affordable housing solutions”. The core values of the New European Bauhaus are sustainability, inclusiveness and aesthetics. Don't miss this opportunity to develop your project! More information about applications here: https://www.urban-initiative.eu/calls-proposals/first-call-proposals-innovative-actions Speakers: - Romain Turminel from the European Urban Initiative presenting the EUI Innovative Actions Call - Clotilde Clark-Foulquier (FEANTSA) providing some inspirational examples of urban projects Moderator: Ruth Owen (Deputy Director at FEANTSA)
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regions UERegionsWeek story Homelessness
UERegionsWeek story Homelessness
28 Oct 2022
European Committee o...
Homelessness is a major social problem throughout the European Union, in spite of some improvements in certain countries. Every night more than 700,000 people are sleeping rough in the European Union. In the last decade, the number of homeless people raised by 70%. However, there are some promising examples and new tools that are being established in order to combat homelessness. Learn more about it by watching the video featuring Ruth Owen, deputy director at FEANTSA.
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social Motherhood & Homelessness Webinar
Motherhood & Homelessness Webinar
26 Oct 2022
FEANTSA
Motherhood & Homelessness Webinar 18 October 2022 It is crucial that homelessness services are designed with women’s specific needs in mind, which includes support for women who are mothers, with or without children in their care. This webinar covered themes such as maternal identities of homeless mothers, experience of parenting while homeless and experiences of women living apart from their children. We also shared best practices in supporting mothers in situation of homelessness. Speakers: -Boróka Fehér and Lea Lengyel, BMSZKI, Hungary -Meabh Savage, South East Technological University, Ireland Moderator: Dalma Fabian, FEANTSA Access FEANTSA Women here: https://www.feantsa.org/en/network/2022/03/10/feantsa-women-community-of-practice
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social Become a member of FEANTSA. Let's work together to end homelessness in Europe!
Become a member of FEANTSA. Let's work together to end homelessness in Europe!
20 Oct 2022
FEANTSA
Join FEANTSA, the only European NGO focusing exclusively on fighting homelessness. Be part of our network: - Meet and collaborate with hundreds of actors working to end homelessness - Get privileged access to FEANTSA’s events - Promote your work internationally - Be recognised as part of the leading organisation on homelessness in Europe Learn & develop: - Access the latest international homelessness research, knowledge & tools - Participate in training and capacity-building - Find out about and share best practice Sit at the EU policy table: - Drive EU policymaking on homelessness and shape related EU policies - Access European opportunities: projects, funding and finance - Get support to navigate European structures and processes Find more information here: https://www.feantsa.org/en/membership/apply-for-membership
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politics Belarusian democratic leader addresses Parliament
Belarusian democratic leader addresses Parliament
12 Oct 2022
European Parliament
As a long-time ally of the Kremlin, Belarus has been assisting Putin in his war on Ukraine, becoming the launch pad for Russian missiles and tanks and hosting conscripts on its soil. MEPs will assess this cooperation in a debate with Belarusian democratic leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who is also expected to comment on the latest political situation in her home country. Tsikhanouskaya lives in exile in Lithuania since the crackdown on opposition ordered by Belarusian dictator Aliaksandr Lukashenka following the fraudulent presidential elections in 2020. That same year, Parliament awarded her and other opposition leaders in Belarus with the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in recognition of their fight for democracy. In 2021, during her previous address to Parliament, Tsikhanouskaya urged Europe to “face autocracy more proactively”. Comment on: Facebook http://www.facebook.com/europeanparliament Twitter https://twitter.com/Europarl_EN
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security HR/VP message to Belarusian people | EN
HR/VP message to Belarusian people | EN
9 Aug 2022
European External Ac...
#Belarus: The stolen election of 9 August 2020 led to peaceful mass protests. In spite of the regime’s continued abuse and contempt for their democratic rights, Belarusians persevere. The EU has stood and will always stand with the people of Belarus. #FreeBelarus
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security HR/VP message to Belarusian people | BY
HR/VP message to Belarusian people | BY
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European External Ac...
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HR/VP message to Belarusian people | RU
9 Aug 2022
European External Ac...
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Ending homelessness
15 Jul 2022
URBACT
Broadcasted simultaneously at the Helsinki’s International Social Housing Forum, this session shows how to realise the right to housing for the most vulnerable, by shifting from Shelter to Housing-Led/First solutions. It shares pragmatic solutions and strategies that can be adapted to different local contexts. Speakers: Laura COLINI Mads BUNDGAARD  Dominique FIEVEZ Liat ROGEL Irene TSAKIRIDOU Patricia VANDERBAUWHEDE
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Salmonids: protection, barriers, volunteering - Jury Boltuts, Project Coordinator, Belarus - OCB 22
4 Jul 2022
Coalition Clean Baltic
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Europa Nostra
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Eco-friendly lifestyle& Climate change - Darya Chumakova, Expert in eco-friendly lifestyle, Belarus
10 Jun 2022
Coalition Clean Baltic
Lecturer: Darya Chumakova, Expert in eco-friendly lifestyle, corporate social responsibility and sustainable development, Belarus Read more on www.ccb.se This event is funded by the EU LIFE. The content of this video is the sole responsibility of CCB and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the funders.
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water Introduction, Darya Chumakova, Expert in eco-friendly lifestyle, Belarus - OCB 2022
Introduction, Darya Chumakova, Expert in eco-friendly lifestyle, Belarus - OCB 2022
10 Jun 2022
Coalition Clean Baltic
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Belarus after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: The challenge of dual political identity
Belarus after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: The challenge of dual political identity
9 Jun 2022
ECFR
Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and Lukashenka’s complicity in the war have caused new challenges for the democratic Belarus society. How do Belarusians feel about the war and which side do they support? Is the political crisis still ongoing in Belarus and what forms is it taking? How to effectively separate the Belarusian society from the regime when taking sanctions measures? Will the independence of Belarus survive international isolation left alone with an expansionist Russia?
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Should we give every homeless person a home?
2 Jun 2022
Debating Europe
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Dr. Anaïs Marin - Belarus in the New European Disorder: Challenges for the EU
Dr. Anaïs Marin - Belarus in the New European Disorder: Challenges for the EU
19 May 2022
IIEA
In recent years, the Republic of Belarus has moved from a position of ‘situational neutrality’ to playing an enabling role for Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, which now poses a renewed security challenge to the EU too. Dr Marin argues that though the Republic of Belarus is facilitating Russian aggression, as the Belarusian regime continues to suffer under the pressure of Western sanctions, it will now seek ways to court European partners again. She contends that, while the EU is wary of such ‘dictaplomatic’ tactics, it should nonetheless consider breaking the deadlock of isolation policies which ultimately favour Russia. Dr Marin contends that the war provides the EU with a rare opportunity to review its neighbourhood relationship with Belarus, and to design tailored policies aimed at better supporting the democratic forces and civil society of that country which could ultimately excise it from Russia’s influences. About the Speaker: Dr Anaïs Marin is a French political scientist specializing in International Relations, Eurasian and Border Studies. For the past decade, her main research focus has been on Belarusian domestic and foreign policies, first as an expert with the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), then as Marie Curie Fellow with Collegium Civitas (Warsaw), where she conductedcomparative research on “Dictaplomacy” as a tool for authoritarian regime-survival in Post-Soviet Eurasia. Since 2018 she is affiliated with the Centre for French Culture at the University of Warsaw, where she pilots a project on Russia’s “sharp power”. Dr Marin has published numerous articles, op.-eds and policy briefs on Belarus, the EU’s Eastern Partnership, EU-Russia relations and Eurasian geopolitics. Recorded on the 19th of May 2022
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Introduction, Natallia Porechyna, Sustainable water resources management expert, Belarus - OCB 2022
6 May 2022
Coalition Clean Baltic
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Media environment in Belarus
29 Apr 2022
European Parliamenta...
The media situation in Belarus has never been easy. With Aliaksandr Lukashenka being elected president of the country for the first time in 1994, the necessary reforms to provide media freedom have never materialised. Instead, over the years various laws have lessened the rights of independent journalists and imposed limits on both traditional and electronic media. Following the August 2020 presidential election, which ignited a brutal crackdown against the democratic opposition, the situation has worsened. The European Union, and the European Parliament in particular, actively support independent media and civil society in Belarus, and the Council of the EU and the Parliament both address the challenges to media freedom in the country. Financial help is also provided to Belarus and was even increased at the end of 2021, with priority areas of support including ‘systematically repressed’ independent media. 🔎 Dig deeper into the Belarusian media environment in and what the EU does to support press freedom on our blog: http://epyoutube.eu/q6Y5 📲 Or find publications on our EPRS app: • iOS: http://epyoutube.eu/q57W • Android: http://epyoutube.eu/q57X #Pressfreedom #WorldPressFreedomDay
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social Homelessness among mobile EU citizens: new data from four European cities
Homelessness among mobile EU citizens: new data from four European cities
16 Dec 2021
FEANTSA
The reality of mobile EU citizens who do not have access to the rights enshrined in the treaties of the functioning of the EU becomes clear as the number of those who experience homelessness across Member States has been on the rise. Comprehensive data about EU citizens and the factors that push individuals into destitution remain scarce. This is a major challenge in developing support solutions and policies to prevent homelessness among people engaging in free movement. As part of the PRODEC (Protecting the Rights of Destitute mobile EU citizens) project, FEANTSA initiated a data collection process in four European cities. Our members at DIOGENES, Bruss’help, Arrels Fundacio, Bischof-Hermann-Stiftung and Crossroads (Stockholms Stadsmission) worked over the past two years to investigate closer the living situations of destitute and homeless mobile EU citizens. Our aim is to increase the knowledge on this topic and to put it on the public agendas of the European and national institutions.
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security #OSCEMC2021 Statement by the Head of the Delegation of Belarus
#OSCEMC2021 Statement by the Head of the Delegation of Belarus
2 Dec 2021
The Organization for...
Statement by the Head of the Delegation of Belarus at the Plenary Session of the 28th OSCE Ministerial Council, Stockholm, Sweden, 2-3 December 2021.
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EU adopts emergency measures to ease pressure at Belarus border
EU adopts emergency measures to ease pressure at Belarus border
1 Dec 2021
EU Reporter
Today (1 December), the Commission put forward a set of asylum and return measures to assist Latvia, Lithuania and Poland in addressing the emergency situation at the EU's external border with Belarus. The measures are temporary, claim to respect fundamental rights. ‘Extraordinary and exceptional’ The measures will apply for a period of 6 months, unless extended or repealed, and will apply to non-EU nationals who have irregularly entered the EU from Belarus and include: an extended registration period form 3-10 days to 4 weeks, with an appeal period of 16 weeks; reception conditions covering basic needs, including temporary shelter adapted to the seasonal weather conditions; a simplified return process. Article 78(3) The measures come under Article 78(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union: “In the event of one or more Member States being confronted by an emergency situation characterised by a sudden inflow of nationals of third countries, the Council, on a proposal from the Commission, may adopt provisional measures for the benefit of the Member State(s) concerned. It shall act after consulting the European Parliament.” The Commission say that their action are in line with the conclusions of the October European Council, where member states asked it to come forward with proposals to help those countries bordering Belarus to deal with what is considered by the EU to be a “state-sponsored instrumentalisation of people”. ‘We are family’ Vice President Margaritis Schinas was at pains to describe today's proposal as a demonstration of European solidarity: “The management of the external borders of the European Union is not a question that only concerns those who are by geography obliged to protect it, it’s a common collective responsibility.” Commissioner Johansson stressed that the European Union was still protecting fundamental rights, but the MEPs - who will only be consulted on this proposal - are already raising their concerns. Birgit Sippel, S&D (Social Democrat) spokesperson for justice and home affairs, said: “Vice-President Margaritis Schinas today said he wants to be unrelenting against Belarus. Yet, the emergency measures proposed by the Commission are in fact unrelenting against vulnerable people in search of protection. The measures also play straight into the hands of the governments that want to use the plight of vulnerable migrants to spread anxiety and fear about a migration crisis at the EU’s borders.” Tineke Strik MEP, Greens/EFA Coordinator in the Civil Liberties Committee, said: “The Commission has caved in to far-right pressure from the Polish government and blackmail from the Belarusian dictator, and thrown European values to the wayside. Instead of enforcing EU asylum law and starting infringement procedures, the Commission choses to allow the illegal practices of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia at EU borders.”
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institutions President von der Leyen in Lithuania for the joint response to the hybrid attack by Belarus
President von der Leyen in Lithuania for the joint response to the hybrid attack by Belarus
28 Nov 2021
European Commission
Press conference by Gitanas NAUSĖDA President of Lithuania, Ursula von der LEYEN, President of the European Commission and Jens STOLTENBERG, NATO Secretary General and Ingrida ŠIMONYTĖ, Lithuanian Prime Minister, Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania Watch on the Audiovisual Portal of the European Commission: https://audiovisual.ec.europa.eu/en/topnews/M-007130 Subscribe to our channel: https://bit.ly/2X56Ju6 Follow us on: -Twitter: https://twitter.com/EU_Commission -Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/europeancommission/ -Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EuropeanCommission -LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/european-commission/ -Medium: https://medium.com/@EuropeanCommission Check our website: http://ec.europa.eu/
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social The New European Bauhaus from a homelessness perspective
The New European Bauhaus from a homelessness perspective
16 Nov 2021
FEANTSA
The New European Bauhaus is an initiative of the European Commission that aims to translate the European Green Deal into an on-the-ground change in line with the values of "sustainability, aesthetics, and inclusion". This debate focus on the "inclusive" dimension of the initiative and what it can achieve in terms of “prioritising the places and people that need it the most”. It is organized in collaboration with Housing Europe, the Housing Solutions Platform and the Fondation Abbé Pierre.
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EU to expand sanction regime to people or entities pushing migrants to Belarus
EU to expand sanction regime to people or entities pushing migrants to Belarus
15 Nov 2021
EU Reporter
The EU’s foreign ministers agreed today (15 November) to amend its sanctions regime in view of the situation at the EU’s border with Belarus. The EU will now be able to target individuals and entities organising, or contributing to activities by the Lukashenko regime that facilitate illegal crossing of the EU's external borders. The EU has strongly condemned the Lukashenko regime for deliberately putting people’s lives and wellbeing in danger, and stirring up the crisis at the EU’s external borders, which they see as an attempt to distract attention from the situation in Belarus, where brutal repression and human rights violations are continuing and even worsening. The EU High Representative Josep Borrell said that the EU had already made a lot of progress in stemming the flow of migrants from different countries. Vice-President Schinas’ visits to the UAE, Lebanon, and outreach to airline CEOs across the region has been effective. Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson said that Turkish Airlines and Iraqi Airlines have been particularly accommodating, in addition the Arab Air Carriers Organisation and IATA have also helped. The Turkish authorities will also prevent Belarus airline Belavia from using the Middle East network of Turkish Airlines, thus preventing it from flying migrants to Minsk via Istanbul. Minister for Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis called for Minsk airport to become a no-fly zone, but also said that organisations, such as the United Nations, need to help with safe return of migrants who have arrived in Lithuania and Poland. Some have criticized the EU’s progressive expansion of measures against the regime. The European External Action Service’s spokesperson said that this gradual approach was the best approach and was proving to be successful. A total of 166 individuals and 15 entities are currently designated under the sanctions regime on Belarus. These include President Alexandr Lukashenko and his son and national security adviser, Viktor Lukashenko, as well as other key figures in the political leadership and the government, high-level members of the judicial system and several prominent economic actors. Measures against designated persons include travel bans and an assets freeze. The Council decided in June to strengthen the existing restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus by introducing a ban on the overflight of EU airspace and on access to EU airports by Belarusian carriers of all kinds and imposing targeted economic sanctions. The new sanctions could include airlines, travel agencies and anyone who could be shown to be involved in the illegal push of migrants.
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‘Instrumentalization of migrants for political purposes by Belarus is unacceptable’ von der Leyen
‘Instrumentalization of migrants for political purposes by Belarus is unacceptable’ von der Leyen
9 Nov 2021
EU Reporter
In a statement issued yesterday evening (8 November), European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen described the instrumentalization of migrants for political purposes by Belarus as “unacceptable”. Despite the EU’s offer to assist Poland with Frontex, the European Civil Protection Mechanism and Europol support, the Polish side has not requested help from the EU, while also complaining that it has been left alone by the EU in this crisis. President of the European Parliament David Sassoli tweeted that the Belarusian regime must stop exploiting migrants and asylum seekers for political power games, while also calling on Poland to accept the EU's offer to help vulnerable people in an orderly manner and prevent a further escalation. European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson said: “Our urgent priority is to turn off the supply coming into Minsk airport. While we step up outreach with partner countries, I will continue to prioritise the protection of the integrity of our shared external borders.” Von der Leyen said that she had spoken to the prime ministers of the frontline countries, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė and Latvian Prime Minister Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš to express the EU's solidarity and discuss with them the measures the EU can take to support them in their efforts to deal with this crisis. The President also called on member states to “finally approve the extended sanctions regime on the Belarusian authorities responsible for this hybrid attack”. The European External Action Service, Peter Stano, Vice-President Schinas, in coordination with High Representative/Vice-President Borrell, will travel in the coming days to the main countries of origin and of transit to ensure that they act to prevent their own nationals from falling into the trap set by the Belarusian authorities. The itinerary will be announced later today. Sanctioning airlines The EU is also exploring the possibility of sanctioning those airlines who have facilitated “human trafficking”. Flights into Minsk have come from Russia (70), Turkey (302), UAE (12), Syria (7), Iraq (4), Lebanon (2). Russia The Commission’s external action service spokesperson Peter Stano said that Russia and its role is being evaluated, including the high number of flights from Russia. Putin has backed Lukashenko, who is increasingly isolated after orchestrating a brutal crackdown on pro-democratic opposition after losing elections in August 2020. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke with Polish President Andrzej Duda about the situation at the border and the use of migrants as a hybrid tactic. He said that NATO stood in solidarity with Poland and all our allies in the region. Humanitarian help The Commission is in discussion with the UN and its specialized agencies on how to prevent a humanitarian crisis from unfolding and to ensure that migrants can be safely returned to their country of origin, with the support of their national authorities.
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social Prevention of Youth Homelessness
Prevention of Youth Homelessness
15 Oct 2021
FEANTSA
In our webinar on preventing youth homelessness we hear from two services working around prevention. LLamau present the Upstream Programme in Wales, which works with schools to identify youth at risk of homelessness, and puts in early intervention supports to reduce the risk of homelessness. While the NAL, Finnish Youth Housing Association, presents their housing counselling service, which supports youth in managing their own housing to prevent the occurrence of homelessness.
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homeaffairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson speech at the EP Plenary on the situation in Belarus
Commissioner Ylva Johansson speech at the EP Plenary on the situation in Belarus
6 Oct 2021
DG Migration and Hom...
During the European Parliament Plenary session on October 5th, 2021, Commissioner Ylva Johansson delivered a speech on the situation in Belarus after one year of protests and their violent repression. #MigrationEU Read the Commissioner's speech here: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2019-2024/johansson/announcements/commissioner-johanssons-speech-ep-plenary-situation-belarus-after-one-year-protests-and-their_en
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social FEANTSA Ending Homelessness Awards 2021: Bronze prize winner
FEANTSA Ending Homelessness Awards 2021: Bronze prize winner
22 Jul 2021
FEANTSA
Get to know FEANTSA's Ending Homelessness Awards Bronze Prize winner: ? Housing First Trieste ✅ Fondazione Diocesana Caritas Trieste Onlus ? Italy ⌛️ 2019-2021 Housing First Trieste from Italy is carried out by Fondazione Diocesana Caritas Trieste Onlus, combining support from the ESF and the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived, this project provides housing and a wide range of services and activities to homeless beneficiaries. Learn more about all the winning projects as well as how you can use EU funds to combat homelessness ➡️ https://bit.ly/EHAMeetTheWinners
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social FEANTSA Ending Homelessness Awards 2021: Silver prize winner
FEANTSA Ending Homelessness Awards 2021: Silver prize winner
19 Jul 2021
FEANTSA
Get to know FEANTSA's Ending Homelessness Awards Silver Prize winner: ? É Uma Mesa ✅ Run by @CRESCER_org, Associação de Intervenção Comunitária ? Lisbon, Portugal ⌛️ 2020 – Present This ESF-funded project promotes the social integration of homeless people by providing housing and employment support through a prestigious social restaurant. Learn more about all the winning projects as well as how you can use EU funds to combat homelessness ➡️ https://bit.ly/EHAMeetTheWinners
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foreignaffairs Svitalana Tsikhanouskaya - Belarus on the Brink. What Now?
Svitalana Tsikhanouskaya - Belarus on the Brink. What Now?
15 Jul 2021
IIEA
In her address to the IIEA, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Belarusian Opposition Leader, discusses the possible ways forward for the Belarusian opposition, the feasibility of new elections, and what possible role she believes Ireland can play. The outcome of the Belarusian Presidential elections on 9 August 2020 led to peaceful protests among the people of Belarus and the emergence of a broad democratic movement against the incumbent Aliaksandr Lukashenka. In her address, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya argues that the government of Belarus responded to these protests with violence and repression, including the detention and imprisonment of political opponents, continued harassment of civil society and of independent media. She also highlights how the hijacking of a Ryanair flight in May 2021 and subsequent detention of Raman Pratasyevich has exacerbated relations between Belarus and the EU and undermined peace, security and rule of law in Europe. Finally, she argues that despite growing political pressure and economic sanctions, Aliaksandr Lukashenka continues to refuse to engage with democratic opposition representatives.  About the Speaker: Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is a Belarusian human rights activist and opposition leader who contested the 2020 Belarusian presidential election as the main opposition candidate, following the detention of her husband Siarhei Tsikhanouski. Following the disputed result of the Presidential Election, Ms. Tsikhanouskaya has been based in Lithuania as the official representative of the Belarusian democratic opposition in exile where she heads the Coordination Council to facilitate the peaceful democratic transfer of power in Belarus. Before running for President, Ms. Tsikhanouskaya was an English teacher and interpreter, and has since been awarded the Sakharov Prize by the European Parliament. She also has very close ties to Ireland, having spent many summers in Ireland since she was a child. Recorded on the 15th of July 2021
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social FEANTSA Ending Homelessness Awards 2021: Meet the Winners
FEANTSA Ending Homelessness Awards 2021: Meet the Winners
15 Jul 2021
FEANTSA
Meet the winners of FEANTSA’s Ending Homelessness Awards 3rd Edition, 2021. ?Housing First for the Moravian-Silesian Region (CZ) ? É Uma Mesa (PT) ?Housing First Trieste (IT) These projects were recognised for their innovative use of EU funds to tackle homelessness. We hope they inspire more ambitious take-up of the EU budget for tackling homelessness in the context of the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework. ? Find out more about the winning projects & available EU funds here:http://bit.ly/EHAMeetTheWinners
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social FEANTSA Ending Homelessness Awards 2021: Gold prize winner
FEANTSA Ending Homelessness Awards 2021: Gold prize winner
13 Jul 2021
FEANTSA
Get to know FEANTSA's Ending Homelessness Awards Gold Prize winner: ? Housing First for the Moravian-Silesian Region ✅ Run by Romodrom o.p.s. & Nová možnost, z.ú. ? Moravian-Silesian Region, Czech Republic ⌛️ 2019-2022 With support from the European Social Fund (ESF), this project addresses homelessness and housing deprivation of people of Roma origin. Learn more about all the winning projects as well as how you can use EU funds to combat homelessness ➡️ https://bit.ly/EHAMeetTheWinners
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health Vaccines for all Undocumented Migrants and Homeless People Left Behind
Vaccines for all Undocumented Migrants and Homeless People Left Behind
5 Jul 2021
European Public Heal...
In October 2020, the European Commission identified “ensuring equitable and affordable access for all in the EU to an affordable vaccine as early as possible” as a key objective of COVID-19 vaccine deployment. And yet, in several EU countries multiple factors, including poor government information campaigns and obstacles in the registration process, are leaving people behind, including undocumented migrants and people experiencing homelessness. Join EPHA, Human Rights Watch, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants and Médecins du Monde to discuss what still needs to happen to ensure #VaccineEquity for all in Europe. https://epha.org/vaccines-for-all-undocumented-migrants-and-homeless-people-left-behind/
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social Digitalisation and Homelessness: How to Ensure no one is Left Behind?
Digitalisation and Homelessness: How to Ensure no one is Left Behind?
1 Jul 2021
FEANTSA
Digital transition is accelerating across Europe, with the European Commission developing initiatives to make the next decade “Europe’s digital decade”. Despite all positive foreseen outcomes, such a transformation can potentially further exclude those who are already socially and/or digitally excluded, such as people experiencing homelessness. What are the risks that homeless people may face if they remain digitally excluded while digital transition only fastens? What are the challenges regarding digital inclusion of the homeless? Which good practices exist to overcome these challenges? Which are the benefits of digitalisation for people in homelessness? These are some of the questions we address in the webinar on digitalisation and homelessness. With contributions from: Zdeněk Trinkewitz & Andrej Doubek, Mapa bez domova (Czechia) Ferran Busquets, Arrels Fundació (Spain) Rebecca White, Your Own Place CIC (UK) Sarra Cheklab, Fédération des Acteurs de la Solidarité (France) Ian Tilling, Casa Ioana (Romania) Keynote speech by June Lowery-Kingston, Head of Unit DG CONNECT/G3: Accessibility, Multilingualism and Safer Internet (European Commission)
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social HSP Debate on Ending Homelessness Post-Covid 19: What Social Housing Policies and Partnerships?
HSP Debate on Ending Homelessness Post-Covid 19: What Social Housing Policies and Partnerships?
25 Jun 2021
FEANTSA
The pandemic has clearly demonstrated the importance of securing access to adequate and affordable homes. Not having a home or living in overcrowded housing were some of the strongest predictors of Covid19 infections. Homelessness increased rapidly over the last decade, and further increases in the number of people who experience homelessness and severe housing exclusion is likely in the aftermath of the pandemic. Ending homelessness requires strong action and cooperation between all relevant stakeholders. Social housing policy can play an important role in both tackling and preventing homelessness by enabling social housing providers to provide adequate housing-led solutions through partnerships with social service providers and local authorities On the eve of the Ministerial conference where the EU Platform on Combating Homelessness will be launched, this webinar will bring together experts, housing practitioners and policymakers to discuss how to strengthen the role of social housing providers in the fight against homelessness at local, national and European level. The Housing Solutions Platform is an expertise- and practice-driven initiative to identify, debate and promote innovative solutions for affordable housing in Europe. It is a joint initiative of FEANTSA, Housing Europe and the Fondation Abbé Pierre.
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foreignaffairs EU steps up actions against Lukashenko regime with additional sanctions
EU steps up actions against Lukashenko regime with additional sanctions
21 Jun 2021
EU Reporter
Today (21 June), the EU announced a further 78 individuals and eight entities to be added to its Belarus sanction list. The measures were coordinated with Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Further economic sanctions are expected to be announced at this week’s European Council of heads of government. The grounding of a Ryanair flight flying from Athens to Vilnius in Minsk resulting in the detention of journalist Roman Pratasevich and his girlfriend Sofia Sapega on 23 May has galvanized the EU’s foreign affairs council into taking tougher measures against Belarus. The hijacking, which took place just before a special European Council resulted in a call for the additional measures. Foreign ministers also had the opportunity to meet the leader of Belarus’s democratic opposition, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya ahead of today’s meeting over breakfast. Borrell said that ministers listened attentively to her assessment of the current situation and her call for the European Union to continue maintaining a determined position. Tskihanouskaya later went on to meet with the Commission Vice President for Values, Věra Jourová. Borrell reiterated that the European Union remains ready to support a future democratic Belarus with a comprehensive plan of economic support of up to €3 billion for a democratic Belarus. Asked about whether sanctions would push Lukashenko towards Putin, Lithuanian foreign minister Gabrielieu Landsbergis said that Tsikhanouskay told ministers that we don’t have to be naive about the measures pushing Lukashenko towards Putin, he is already bundled with Putin. Lukashenko has deliberately directed migrants towards Lithuania which has taken in around 500 asylum seekers in the last month. Lithuania more than any other EU country bordering Belarus has been targeted for its outspoken condemnation of the regime, it has also harboured many Belarusians fleeing for safety. Lukashenko said publicly that he would stop deterring migrants going to Lithuania, there is also some evidence that more flights into Belarus from Baghdad and Turkey are channelling migrants to the country. US, Canada, UK and EU The coordinated statement of the US, Canada, UK and the EU called for an adherence to democratic principles, and engagement with the international community, it stated: “We are further united in our call for the Lukashenko regime to cooperate fully with international investigations into the events of 23 May; immediately release all political prisoners; implement all the recommendations of the independent expert mission under the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Moscow Mechanism; and, enter into a comprehensive and genuine political dialogue between the authorities and representatives of the democratic opposition and civil society, facilitated by the OSCE.”
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politics European Union agrees Belarus sanctions
European Union agrees Belarus sanctions
21 Jun 2021
Council of the EU
Elections in Belarus were neither free nor fair. The EU has decided to impose sanctions on additional people and entities responsible for the repression. The EU is on the side of the people of Belarus. Repression must stop and dialogue must start.
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politics Foreign affairs ministers discuss Belarus, EU-Iraq relations & the covid situation in Latin America
Foreign affairs ministers discuss Belarus, EU-Iraq relations & the covid situation in Latin America
21 Jun 2021
Council of the EU
EU Foreign affairs ministers meet in Brussels to discuss further sanctions to the Belarusian regime as well as support to its citizens, the EU-Iraq relations, the worsening Covid situation in Latin America and the adoption of further sanctions against Myanmar's regime.
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training Green Skills Call Finalists: Eco-techno Park - BELARUS
Green Skills Call Finalists: Eco-techno Park - BELARUS
15 Jun 2021
European Training Fo...
Discover our Green Skills Award finalists! The Eco-techno Park of Volma, Belarus is a unique concept. They specialize in teaching and training on renewable energy students and teachers all over the country with the latest equipment. Do you like it? Vote it! https://europa.eu/!YH68Rg ? Winners will be announced ton 25 June during the conference “Building lifelong learning systems: skills for green and inclusive societies in the digital era”. To participate➡ https://www.etf.europa.eu/Skills4Change #Skills4Change #Learn4Life
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energy Implications of the energy transition on the Future of the Oil Industry | Adam Sieminski
Implications of the energy transition on the Future of the Oil Industry | Adam Sieminski
10 Jun 2021
Florence School of R...
In the proceedings of plenary session on "oil in times of the energy transition" of the IAEE first online conference, Mohamed Hendam interviews Mr. Adam Sieminski who chaired the session to share the main outcomes. Mr. Adam Sieminski highlighted the views expressed by the panelists namely that the speed of the energy transition is not known and that companies should be ready for all scenarios. A possible scenario with reduced oil demand would result in stranded assets. Such implication would need to be addressed at the policy level. Additionally, at the country level, exporting countries should be working on diversifying their economies since they are much pressured than oil companies given their strategic reliance on oil exports.
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energy Circular carbon economy | Adam Sieminski & Noura Mansouri
Circular carbon economy | Adam Sieminski & Noura Mansouri
9 Jun 2021
Florence School of R...
Maria Olczak (Research Associate, FSR) is joined by Adam Sieminski (President of King Abdullah Petroleum Studies & Research Center, KAPSARC) and Noura Mansouri (Research Fellow, KAPSARC) to discuss the key take-aways for the Session 2.2 on “The Circular Carbon Economy”. The session is a part of the 1st IAEE online conference on energy, covid and climate change organised by the International Association for Energy Economics. For more info: https://iaee2021online.org/
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foreignaffairs 'Belarus is becoming the North Korea of Europe: nontransparent, unpredictable and dangerous’
'Belarus is becoming the North Korea of Europe: nontransparent, unpredictable and dangerous’
27 May 2021
EU Reporter
Tsikhanouskaya says Belarus is becoming the North Korea of Europe: ‘nontransparent, unpredictable and dangerous’. Tsikhanouskaya, the elected leader of Belarus who is now living in exile was invited to an exchange of views with members of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday (26 May). The meeting took place following recent events in Belarus, including the unprecedented forced landing of the Ryanair flight in Minsk Belarus and the detention by Belarusian authorities of journalist Raman Pratasevich and Sofia Sapega. Tsikhanouskaya said: “Since the rigged elections of August 2020, the regime has completely lost the boundaries of acceptable behavior. Let us be frank, the previous EU strategy of wait and see towards the Belarusian regime doesn't work. “The EU approach of gradually elevated pressure on the Lukashenko regime has not managed to change his behavior and has only led to a growing sense of impunity and messy repressions. “I call on the European Parliament to make sure that the reaction of the international community is not limited to the Ryanair flight incident. The response must address the situation in Belarus in its entirety, or we will all face such situations in the future, Lukashenko is turning my country into the North Korea of Europe: nontransparent, unpredictable and dangerous.” Tsikhanouskaya highlighted three other recent developments: the elimination of Tutby media; the death of political activist Vitold Ashurak in prison custody; and the decision to delay the next national vote until the end of 2023.
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social Aporophobia: Challenging Hate Crime Against People Experiencing Homelessness in the EU
Aporophobia: Challenging Hate Crime Against People Experiencing Homelessness in the EU
18 May 2021
FEANTSA
Aporophobia is a neologism created by the Spanish philosopher Adela Cortina to describe the “rejection of the poor”. It describes an adverse attitude from the non-poor against the poor, going from antipathy, contempt, disgust, disregard, to fear and hate. Aporopohobia can lead to hate and in the most extreme cases to hate crime against poor people including the homeless. Hate crime is the most severe expression of discrimination and core fundamental rights abuse. Various member states adopted measures targeting such crime, however, both in the EU and in the Member States’ legislation, hate crime against homeless people is not always conceptualised as “hate crime” because homelessness is not understood as a grounds for discrimination like race, disability, gender etc. This webinar highlights the need for aporophobia to be recognised and given sufficient importance in the area of hate crime. This webinar, hosted by FEANTSA and Hogar Sí, will present two panels, the first on national experiences of aporophobia, and the second focusing on a European perspective. Full programme: PART 1: Experiences on the ground: - Criminalisation of homelessness in Hungary and the impact on hate crime. Noémi Molnár, lawyer at Utcajogász, Street Lawyers Association, Budapest, Hungary. - The need for proper regulatory instruments and specialised services to fight hate crime. Miguel Angel Aguilar, Prosecutor attorney, Barcelona, Spain. Q&A PART 2: European perspective: - The role of the EU in fighting the criminalisation of homelessness. Katrin Langensiepen, MEP, Brussels, Belgium. - Encouraging the collection of data on crimes against poor people in the EU. Henri Nickels, Fundamental Rights Agency, FRA, Vienna, Austria. Q&A To watch the webinar in Spanish, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY2zOORl26M&t=1053s .
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social Training on Youth Homelessness & Mental Health part 1
Training on Youth Homelessness & Mental Health part 1
12 May 2021
FEANTSA
Young people experiencing, or at risk of homelessness, generally present to homeless services with multiple and complex needs, including mental health problems. Homelessness is a stressful experience which both causes and exacerbates poor mental health, stress and anxiety which impacts on the confidence, self-esteem and overall wellbeing of young people. It can be a challenge for homeless service to offer holistic approaches to support improved mental wellness, while meeting other needs. This two-part training will identify the key needs of young people experiencing homelessness and practices for services to better support the mental health of young people. This training aims to: - Identify and map some of the common mental health needs of young people experiencing homelessness. - Share existing practices across FEANTSA’s network which support the mental health of young people - Provide a space for services to share some of the challenges and obstacles they face - Offer an opportunity for participants to share their experiences and services and co-create solutions for problems identified The training is broken into two mornings. The first day focuses more on psychotherapy and similar interventions for young people to address their mental health and respond to traumas. The second day is intended to focus on how services can build confidence and improve self-esteem & wellbeing.
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social Training on Youth Homelessness & Mental Health part 2
Training on Youth Homelessness & Mental Health part 2
12 May 2021
FEANTSA
Young people experiencing, or at risk of homelessness, generally present to homeless services with multiple and complex needs, including mental health problems. Homelessness is a stressful experience which both causes and exacerbates poor mental health, stress and anxiety which impacts on the confidence, self-esteem and overall wellbeing of young people. It can be a challenge for homeless service to offer holistic approaches to support improved mental wellness, while meeting other needs. This two-part training will identify the key needs of young people experiencing homelessness and practices for services to better support the mental health of young people. This training aims to: - Identify and map some of the common mental health needs of young people experiencing homelessness. - Share existing practices across FEANTSA’s network which support the mental health of young people - Provide a space for services to share some of the challenges and obstacles they face - Offer an opportunity for participants to share their experiences and services and co-create solutions for problems identified The training is broken into two mornings. The first day focuses more on psychotherapy and similar interventions for young people to address their mental health and respond to traumas. The second day is intended to focus on how services can build confidence and improve self-esteem & wellbeing.
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COVID-19 vaccination campaigns for people experiencing homelessness across Europe
7 May 2021
FEANTSA
People experiencing homelessness are extremely vulnerable in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important that targeted and effective vaccination strategies ensure equitable access to vaccines for the most vulnerable. FEANTSA held a webinar on 27 April 10h - 11h30 to learn about examples of COVID-19 vaccination campaigns for people experiencing homelessness across Europe. The aim of the webinar was to share experience in drawing up vaccination campaign plans and lessons learnt about vaccination delivered so far for people experiencing homelessness. Thank you to our excellent speakers: - Stéphanie Vandentorren and Jalpa Shah, French National Public Health Agency - Istvan Dandé and Magor Papp, BMSZKI Budapest Methodological Centre of Social Policy and Its Institutions - Marian Ursan, Carusel Association, Romania - Henrik Thiesen, Health Team for Homeless, Copenhagen City Social Services, Denmark - Dr. Austin O Carroll, Clinical Lead for the Covid Homeless Response, Dublin, Ireland We are collecting evidence on how vaccine delivery happens for homeless people, if you have a case study, please contact us at [email protected] .
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