EU suspends visa facilitation for Belarusian officials

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На русском языке: ЕС приостановил действие упрощенного визового режима для беларусских чиновников
На беларускай мове: ЕС прыпыніў дзеянне спрошчанага візавага рэжыму для беларускіх чыноўнікаў

Today, the European Council decided to partially suspend the agreement on visa facilitation between the EU and Belarus. This decision is a response to the ongoing hybrid attack by the Belarusian regime.

«We strongly condemn and reject the continued instrumentalization of migration by the Belarusian regime. It is unacceptable for Belarus to play with people’s lives for political purposes. Today’s decision once again demonstrates our shared commitment to continue countering this ongoing hybrid attack»,– said Ales Hojs, Slovenia’s Minister of Internal Affairs and Chairman of the Interior Council.

This decision will not affect ordinary citizens of Belarus, who will continue to enjoy the same benefits under the agreement on visa facilitation as at present. The document will be published in the Official Journal of the EU and will come into force on the second day after publication. In accordance with the visa facilitation agreement, the suspension decision must be notified to the other party no later than 48 hours before its entry into force.

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