The European Union has decided to allocate 53 million Euros in aid to the citizens of Belarus, of which 3 million Euros will go to compensation for victims of political repression and support for independent media. The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, wrote about this after an emergency summit of EU leaders on the situation in Belarus on her Twitter page.
“We have already provided significant support to Belarus through the Eastern Partnership program, but now it is more important than ever to be close to the Belarusian people and to redirect funds away from the Belarusian authorities towards civil society and vulnerable groups. The European Commission is now mobilizing an additional 53 million Euros to support the Belarusian people in these difficult times," she said.
According to the head of the European Commission, 2 million Euros of this amount will be allocated to compensate the damage done to victims of repression and unacceptable violence by the state, another 1 million Euros - to support civil society and independent media.
The remaining funds are emergency support to overcome the coronavirus pandemic, which is intended for the health sector of Belarus.