The leadership of the European People’s Party (EPP), the largest in the European Parliament, said that the change of power in Belarus is a matter of time. The European Union should be ready for this and support the transformation of the country.
“The regime will fall, and the victory of the Belarusian people is inevitable; it is only a matter of time,” the head of the party Manfred Weber, vice-president Sandra Kalniete and chairman of the inter-parliamentary delegation Andrius Kubilius said in a written statement. It is entitled “The Lukashenka regime will fall.”
“The EPP in the European Parliament has been at the forefront of monitoring, initiating, and supporting all political efforts to help the democratic opposition. We will not stop until democracy is restored in Belarus,” the statement reads.
The European Union “must prepare for the victory of the democratic revolution,” the authors of the statement continue.
The deputies support the European Commission’s plan to provide the country with economic assistance for 3 billion euros, if it takes a different path of development.
However, “Belarus will need more than just money,” the EPP notes, adding that it will need a plan to support the implementation of democratic reforms, which will have to go hand in hand with deep economic transformations. This requires significant technical assistance and patience from the international community, the statement says.
“The European Union has a good set of tools thanks to the experience gained during the transition period in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans,” as well as in some Eastern Partnership countries, the statement says.
“An important element of future democratic reforms in Belarus will be the prosecution of the crimes of the current regime against its people,” the EPP leadership says. They added that Lukashenka and other representatives of the authorities “should be brought to justice for their crimes.”
It is noted that the international community should already support the transformation of the country. In this context, in particular, the introduction of sanctions is mentioned. The EPP believes that it is important for the EU to work with Belarusian youth. “They should be allowed to study at EU universities. They are the future of a democratic Belarus,” the statement says.