Lunch Hour Expert Roundtable

Policy deadlock amongst European policymakers means Belarus is on the back burner of the EU’s foreign policy agenda. Looking ahead, after Ukraine signs the Association Agreement and Georgia and Moldova initial it at Vilnius Summit, the Eastern Partnership is set to break naturally into two different clusters - those in the association process and those outside of it. Consequently, Belarus might fall even lower on the EU’s list of priorities. This will make any progress in the EU-Belarus relations even more unlikely.

The participants of the Expert Roundtable will look for ways to break the vicious circle in the EU - Belarus relations. They will analyse the lessons from the previous engagement/sanctions cycles and work out recommendations on how to establish a positive agenda in the EU-Belarus relations.

The Lunch Hour Expert Roundtable will take place in the framework of BўRoom, an event that will draw attention to civic activism and action in Belarus. The guests and participants of the discussion will have an opportunity to treat themselves to the dishes of the Belarusian national cuisine kindly offered by the BўRoom organizers.

Working Language: English

To register, RSVP to until 26 November 2013.


14.00 – 14.15

Arrival and Treats of Belarusian National Cuisine

14.15 – 14.20

Welcome and Introduction

Kseniya Shvedova, Independent Activist and Analyst

14.20 – 14.50

Are there any lessons to learn from the previous failures in the EU-Belarus relations? What has not yet been tried that could break the vicious circle and establish a positive agenda in the EU-Belarus relations?




  • Dr Andrew Wilson, Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations

  • Dr Sergey Kizima, International Relations Expert, Minsk, Belarus

  • Yauheni Preiherman, Policy Director, Centre for Analytical Initiatives, PA Discussion and Analytical Society Liberal Club





  • Antonio Miloshoski, Head of 2012 OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission to Parliamentary Elections in Belarus

  • Dr Anais Marin, Researcher, Finnish Institute of International Affairs

  • Jana Kobzova, Programme Officer, European Endowment for Democracy

  • Katia Glod, Non-Resident Fellow, Academy of Leadership in International Affairs, Royal Institute of International Affairs

  • Olga Stuzhinskaya, Director, Office for a Democratic Belarus

  • Vytis Jurkonis, Project Director, Freedom House Vilnius


14.50 – 15.10

Q&A Session

15.10 – 15.15
Closing Remarks