Dialogue between parliaments of Belarus, EU countries to continue developing
The new convocation National Assembly of Belarus has wide opportunities for promoting the dialogue with European Union parliamentary structures, Vadim Popov, Speaker of the third convocation House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, told BelTA.
The politician believes the fourth convocation of the parliament has good prospects for cooperation in the international arena. In his words, the third convocation parliament has laid down a solid foundation. There are over 70 draft international agreements with Belarus in European Union states now. Efforts are channelled into signing them. Intrastate procedures will follow after that, said the source.
"However, the work is complicated. The European Commission tries to monopolise economy and doesn't welcome bilateral relations of European Union states. Under the aegis of the European Union a dictate is imposed. However, after clarifying matters major European Union countries see that the approach is unprofitable for their economies and abandon the idea. So there is understanding and movement in this direction. It should be encouraged," said Vadim Popov.
According to the Speaker, contacts of the Belarusian parliament with heads of European parliamentary structures continue developing. "The isolation policy pursued by the European Union has proved to be invalid. The Belarusian economy continues developing. Over the three quarters the GDP growth reached 10.7%," remarked Vadim Popov. "The life itself prompts a 'a warming-up' in relations with Europe. The Republic of Belarus is a transit country and borders on the European Union. Belarus is the only barrier preventing drugs, illegal migrants, arms, nuclear materials from entering the European Union," said the politician.