Polish PM: EUR 11.3 mln for Belarusian society from Poland

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has called for extensive EU support for civil society in the form of, inter alia, scholarships, visa facilitation and support for independent journalists. He stressed the need for the EU to be ready to mediate between the authorities and society when the situation was ripe for it. He also presented a plan to support Belarusian civil society for which the Polish government wants to allocate EUR 11.3 mln.

The PM called on the Belarusian authorities to consider re-elections - free and under the watchful eye of international observers.

The Prime Minister also said that Poland, which took in Ukrainians from war-stricken areas, "may also become a second home for repressed and aggrieved Belarusians."

The programme would support Polish NGO’s supporting democracy in Belarus, as well as helping those willing to migrate, work and study in Poland if the political situation forces them to do so.