The article analyses various aspects of mobility including Belarus' unilateral initiatives to ease entry for foreigners since 2014. While Belarus gradually opens up for foreigners on its own terms, two important tools of mobility are either still being negotiated or put on hold.
The Poland-Belarus LBT agreement was ready to be launched back in early 2011. However, Belarus delays the start of the long-awaited agreement until now. This paper examines the bilateral agreement and explains the reasons for Belarus’ reluctance to launch it.
Around half of all Schengen visas issued globally are issued in just three Eastern European states, i.e. Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. This paper reviews the European Commission's proposal of April 2014 to ease the Schengen Area visa rules.
After a decade-long story of failed attempts to start and proceed with the visa facilitation negotiations between the EU and Belarus, the long-awaited agreement was never closer to becoming a reality than on the eve of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga.