n his interview with EuroRadio which was re-published by Belarus’s most popular news portal Balázs Jarábik, CEPI’s Associate Fellow, argues that the EU’s Eastern Partnership, in its real essence, is far from dead. The Riga Summit has proven that partnership between EU and Belarus is possible if certain misperceptions are cleared on both sides. Yet, the issue of political prisoners and free and fair elections (upcoming presidential in November 2015) still hangs over eliminating the EU’s restrictive measures.

Jarábik concludes that for the first time in twenty years, Belarus and EU are not only talking the talk (dialogue), but walking it via substantive, sectoral and yet so far rather ‘silent dialogue’ that can lead toward increasing the necessary trust and confidence in a partnership.