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  Andrej Anishin. Belarus is equalled to Birma

2007 07 02

The European Union introduced economic sanctions against Minsk.

The EU authorities accomplished their long-running promises: excluded Belarus from the so called Generalised System of Preferences. That means the increase of customs duties on the Belorussian goods supplied to European countries and, accordingly, significant losses for the national budget of Belarus. Repealing preferences, which are effective with regards to all developing countries, the European Commission referred to violations of the rights of contracted employees in Belarus. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is reporting on the issue too.

Last time, in December 2006, the EU Council reserved a half year period for Minsk to meet the recommendations of the ILO. Since then, according to the opinion of Brussels, nothing has changed, and Belarus is ranking the second country following Birma to be excluded from the Generalised System of Preferences, effective since 1971.

Belarus assessed this decision of the EU as temporary and considers that objective exigency for the improvement and development of benevolent cooperation with the neighbouring country of Belarus will encourage the EU to revise and revoke such decision” – is noted in Minsk.

Some European publications indicate that in Uzbekistan, for example, issues with regards to the rights of employees are much worse that in Belarus, but nobody is going to exclude this country of the Middle East from the Generalised System of Preferences. Everybody understands this was a political act – an ordinary attempt to use pressure on the regime of Lukashenko, who is usually called in the Western countries as “the last dictator of Europe”.

Besides, Latvia, as well as Poland and Lithuania were always standing against the exclusion of Belarus from the Generalised System of Preferences. One of the arguments is that Belorussian officials fatten up on behalf of the export of arms and oil, but sanctions will only make harm to the majority of common people in Belarus.

Material has been prepared by the Centre of Geopolitical Research with reference to the article in “The Telegraph” of 25 June 2007

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