Minsk Forum 2022
In 2022, four Belarus-oriented meetings were successfully held as part of Minsk Forum XX:
In July, a discussion on civil society, business, and education in exile was organised in Lithuania.
In September, geopolitics and new competition systems were discussed in Poland.
In October, the focus of discussions was on EU-Belarus relations at an event in Belgium.
The final meeting in Germany highlighted the country’s role in the current war, the economic situation in Belarus, and the self-identity of Belarusians.
The forum participants included people from politics, economy, civil society, activism and media from Belarus, Germany and other EU countries.
Despite the specific subject matter of each meeting, some topics flowed smoothly from one discussion to another, regardless of the formal title of a panel or roundtable discussion. It is only coefficiently, rather than separately, that the different events define the current sociopolitical situation in Belarus. The issues discussed at the Forum’s events ranged from the Nobel Prize awarded to Ales Bialiatski to the threat of nuclear war to the mysterious death of the former Belarusian Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makei to the life-threatening health condition of Maria Kalesnikava to the possibility of military mobilisation in Belarus and difficulties with getting visas and opening bank accounts faced be Belarusians abroad.
Most of the videos from the Forum are available on the german-belarusian society’s YouTube channel.
Vilnius, 21-22 July 2022
Civil society, buisiness and enducation in exile: Implications for Europe
Perspectives of Belarusian civil society across borders
The first event was held in a hybrid format on 22 July in Vilnius at the Imaguru Startup Hub and included, among other activities, three panel discussions. The event was streamed live. The recordings are available in Russian and English on the german-belarusian society’s YouTube channel.
Warsaw, 22-23 September 2022
The second event was held in a hybrid format on 22-23 September at the Belarusian Youth Hub in Warsaw and included, among other activities, two panel discussions, visits to civic organizations’ offices, and the presentation of sociological research. The event was streamed live. The recordings are available in Belarusian and English on the german-belarusian society’s YoutTube channel.