Belarus has radically changed its concept of energy security. The new variant, already approved by President Alexander Lukashenko, calls for reducing dependency on supplies of energy resources from Russia and decreasing the share of natural gas in the fuel balance from 80 to 50 percent by increasing the use of coal and atomic power. They plan to spend $31 billion on it through 2020, $19 billion of which will go for construction of facilities with the rest directed toward conservation.
Policymaker was informed about that yesterday night when he was packing for a business trip."I haven’t got that appointment anymore, there is no job title of the kind on the staff list of the foreign ministry at present, the policymaker declared."
"Energy cooperation between Europe and Belarus presently exists only at the expert level. But as far as the summit level is concerned no cooperation is available because all the relations with Belarus have been constrained since 1997. There are the European Union’s proposals on developing of the full-value relations with Belarus. But presently only occasional technical negotiations are held. For the Belarusian authorities to cooperate with the European Union they should respect the European rules .Everything is expressed in the 12 proposals of the European Commission to Belarus. First and foremost for the Belarusian authorities are to behave the way other partners of the European Union do", temporary charge d’ affaires of Slovakia to Belarus Lubomir Rehak declared in his interview with the Charter’97 press center commenting on the declaration of the foreign ministry of the Republic of Belarus on supposed “advancements” in the development of the dialogue between Belarus and the European Union. Since 1 July Slovakia has been performing the function of the local EU chairmanship in Belarus on behalf of Portugal.
European March "For Freedom!" is to be held in Minsk, the capital of the Republic of Belarus on October 14, 2007. The idea of the march appeared in the Belarusian civil society in response to the European Union’s address to the government and people of Belarus “What the European Union could bring to Belarus”. In our country the document is known as 12 proposals of the European Union.