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Minsk to host fifth round of EaP informal ministerial dialogues

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Minsk, June 25, AZERTAC

The fifth round of informal ministerial dialogues of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) member states will take place in Minsk on 29 June, the press service of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Belarus said.

As earlier reported, the round will include a meeting of the ministers of environment and a meeting of the ministers of foreign affairs of the EaP member states.

Partaking in the meeting of the EaP ministers of environment will be European Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella and State Secretary of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia Guntis Pukitis.

The Belarusian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment views Belarus-EU dialogue on environment as an important and constructive platform for addressing environmental problems, getting expert and international technical assistance. “We hope that the meeting of ministers on environment in Minsk as part of the EaP informal ministerial dialogues will make a considerable contribution to the development of the dialogue with the European Union,” the report said.

Informal ministerial dialogues of the Eastern Partnership member states at the level of the ministers of foreign affairs and heads of other ministries have been held since 2012. The four previous rounds were held in Chisinau (June 2012), Tbilisi (February 2013, transport), Yerevan (September 2013, education) and Baku (September 2014, energy). The main objective of the informal ministerial dialogues is to provide a platform for a regular open exchange of opinions on the most important issues in the EaP activity and the issues of the international agenda. The adoption of final documents or statements is not envisaged.

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