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PISM-British Embassy Warsaw Conference:

dodano: 2011-03-12


are pleased to invite to a conference

How to Democratise Belarus?

23 March 2011 (Wednesday)
Hotel Bristol
42/44, Krakowskie Przedmieście Street
Chopin Room, 1st floor
Warsaw, Poland

The conference will be held in Polish and English (simultaneous translation will be provided).
RSVP by 21st March 2011 via phone: tel. 22 556 80 71 or e-mail: winiarska@pism.pl
Participation in the conference is free of charge. Number of seats is limited.


9:00-9:30 Welcoming coffee
9:30 Welcoming remarks

• Ric Todd, British Ambassador to Poland
• Marcin Zaborowski, Director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs

9:45-11:45 Session I: Current political and economic situation in Belarus- challenges and perspectives

Chairman: Łukasz Adamski, Programme Coordinator for Bilateral Relations in Europe, PISM

• Alyaksandr Milinkevich, Leader of the Movement for Freedom, presidential candidate of united opposition in 2006
• Rosemary Thomas, British Ambassador to Belarus
• Jarosław Romańczuk, President of the Scientific Research Mises Centre, United Civic Party’s presidential candidate in 2010

Questions for discussion:
• In what direction will the Lukashenko regime evolve in the coming years?
• What EU strategy towards Belarus should be recommended?
• To what extent is the Belarusian economy dependent on Western investment and loans?
• Can the Lukashenko regime introduce more liberal regulations governing the economic activity in Belarus?

11:45-12:15 Coffee break

12:15-14:00 Session II: NGOs and independent media in Belarus - problems and possible support

Chairman: Piotr Kościński, Rzeczpospolita daily

• Andrej Dynko, Editor-in-chief, Nasha Niva weekly
• Andrzej Poczobut, Gazeta Wyborcza correspondent in Belarus, President of the Council of the Union of Poles in Belarus
• Paweł Kazanecki, President, East European Democratic Centre

Questions for discussion:
• What are the political and legal problems facing Belarusian NGOs cooperating with the EU?
• How can easier access to independent sources of information in Belarus be safeguarded?
• How effective are the current methods of EU support for Belarusian civil society and how can their efficiency be boosted?

14:00-14:15 Closing remarks

14:15-15:00 Lunch

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