Aid plan for Belarus well received - Polish PM

Aid plan for Belarus well received - Polish PM FRANCOIS LENOIR / POOL/PAP/EPA

Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday after a meeting of V4 representatives with EC President Ursula von der Leyen that "we have presented our proposal of an aid plan for Belarus," and added "it has been received very well at this stage."

The prime ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary met with Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels on Thursday.

Apart from PM Morawiecki, the meeting was attended by Prime Ministers Viktor Orban and Andrej Babis. Slovak PM Igor Matovic did not take part but was represented by PM Morawiecki because Poland is now holding the V4 rotating presidency.

"We have presented our proposal, namely, of the Visegrad Group (V4), of a plan for Belarus, which was discussed during a V4 meeting in Poland several days ago. We presented it to Ursula von der Leyen, and it was very well received at this stage," Morawiecki repeated.

Morawiecki underlined that the plan comprised around ten very concrete points, "which give hope to the free Belarusian society that it will not be left alone." According to Morawiecki, it is very significant that assistance to Belarus is to be offered not only by Poland but by the entire EU.

The Polish PM declared that the plan will be presented during an EU summit in Brussels next week. "If nothing changes, since COVID-19 has been changing our lives," he added.