Poland wants the EU to work on a ‘Marshall Plan’ for Belarus. According to Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the aid package must include at least one billion euros in financial aid.
He wants to discuss this at the EU summit next week.
It has been very restless for over a month in Eastern European Belarus, which is sometimes referred to as the ‘last dictatorship in Europe’.
Angry citizens have been taking to the streets in droves since the controversial re-election of President Aleksandr Lukashenko, who has been in power for a quarter of a century and does not want to budge.
Morawiecki’s ‘Marshall Plan’ aims to stabilize the Belarusian economy. The term Marshall Plan refers to the American reconstruction aid that Europe received after World War II.
The Polish prime minister also wants to make it easier for Belarusian companies to do business in the EU. For example, the Belarusian economy should become less dependent on cheap energy from neighbouring Russia, which has helped Lukashenko financially.
Morawiecki did not say what Belarus would have to do to qualify for a European aid package. According to reports in Polish media, free elections should be held, among other things.
Morawiecki also sees a role for the International Monetary Fund. He says several EU countries support the plan. According to him, these include Lithuania, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.