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Press release: The Minsk Forum returns to Belarus

After a break of six years politicians, diplomats, business people, experts and social activists from Belarus, Germany and other European countries will meet from the November 24-26  in the Belarusian capital for the Minsk Forum XIV.

The international conference was founded in 1997 and since then has been organised by the German-Belarusian Society (dbg) in Berlin.

The topic of this year’s Minsk Forum is "Belarus-Germany-EU: Perspectives of European Neighbourhood and Security". The focus of the discussion will be on relations between Belarus, Germany and the European Union; prospects for regional cooperation in Europe, particularly the issue of economic cooperation across / within Europe as well as opportunities for civil society participation within the regional development of Belarus.

 "It is important for us that the Minsk Forum continues its work at this time, as new challenges in foreign and security policy have arisen in Europe and Belarus, and member states of the EU are collaborating more closely again", - says Rainer Lindner, Chairman of the Minsk Forum and the German-Belarusian Society.

This year’s conference will feature keynote speeches from the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Alena Kuptschyna, and the Head of the EU Delegation to Belarus, Andrea Wiktorin.

The Minsk Forum is organised by the German-Belarusian Society. Partners of the Minsk Forum XIV are the International Centre for Education and Exchange “Johannes Rau” (IBB) in Minsk and the Discussion and Analytical Society  "Liberal Club".

The conference is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Adam Opel AG. The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Minsk will traditionally act as patron for the event.

25. November 2016

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