Belarus and the European Union have completed negotiations regarding visa admission and facilitation and are expected to sign an agreement by the end of 2019.
According to Belarusian news portal tut.by, the two sides managed to agree on “the substantive part of the negotiations” and only procedural formalities have yet to be solved.
The agreement is set to cut visa prices for Belarusians, with long-term and free visa schemes also being expanded.
The EU and Belarus are also expected to agree on so-called Partnership Priorities, a roadmap outlining bilateral cooperation that has been opposed by Lithuania over safety concerns regarding a Belarusian nuclear power plant close to the Lithuanian border.
“We will try to convey to Lithuania the fact that Belarus has agreed to stress tests, and will submit a National Action Plan, and will try to convey to all EU member states that Belarus will implement the recommendations given by the EU,” sources in Brussels told tut.by, adding that they expect the agreement to be signed by the end of the month.