On 27 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, met with a CEI Delegation headed by CEI Secretary General, Giovanni Caracciolo di Vetri.
 
They exchanged views on the state and prospects for an enhanced cooperation between the CEI and other international organisations, financial institutions and regional integration processes.  The two sides also discussed the key elements of interaction with the CEI Secretariat in the context of preparations for the forthcoming CEI Presidency of the Republic of Belarus in 2017.
 
Further consultations on the mentioned matters continued on October 28 at the meeting of the top CEI Secretariat officials with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Alena Kupchyna.
 
The CEI delegation was on a visit to Minsk on October 26-28, to attend the international conference “Laying foundation in the UNECE region for economic integration and sustainable development towards 2030” and “Minsk Dialogue”. Both events primarily focused on rethinking ways for an effective interaction between various integration platforms in Europe.

  *** This year marks the twentieth Anniversary of the membership of Belarus in the CEI (in 1996). Belarus has been an important Member State since the very beginning. It is also one of the most active countries in all areas of cooperation with valuable inputs on the continuous CEI strengthening process. Throughout the years, Belarus has perfectly succeeded in integrating itself into the CEI structures and procedures as well as make use of the resources available to the benefit of the countries. The Belarusian CEI Presidency will give the CEI Eastern neighbourhood dimension special importance and boost as well as balance CEI activities – both in the Western Balkan countries and in its Eastern countries.


from left: Giovanni Caracciolo di Vietri; Vladimir Makei