Russian-Byelorussian Council on the Long-Term Cooperation

Russian-Byelorussian Council on the Long-Term Cooperation of the Kaliningrad Region of the Russian Federation with Regions, Ministries, Bodies of State Administration of the Republic of Belarus

Established within the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Belarus on the long-term cooperation between the Kaliningrad Region of the Russian Federation and regions, ministries, bodies of state administration of the Republic of Belarus of October 14, 1999.

Traditionally, the Russian party of the Council is headed by the Governor of the Kaliningrad Region, and the Byelorussian party is headed by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus.
In accordance with the Provision on the RBC, approved by the Executive Committee of the Union of Russia and Belarus, its sessions since 2000 are held annually and alternately on the territory of either party.

In order to conduct practical activities on the implementation of the bilateral agreements, committees were established within the Council by mutual agreement of the co-chairpersons of the Russian and Byelorussian parties. At the seventh session of the Council it was decided to change the structure of the Council. A bilateral act was signed on the establishment within the Council of seven following committees:

  • on the agroindustrial and fishing complexes;
  • on industry, power generation, woodworking and cellulose and paper industry;
  • on culture, education, information exchange and youth policy;
  • on construction and housing and utilities infrastructure;
  • on transit, customs issues and transport;
  • on economy, commerce, legal collaboration, exhibition activities and interaction with the bodies of the Union state;
  • on public health services, sports and tourism.

The eleventh session of the Council took place in Kaliningrad, on November 20-21, 2013.

The session resulted in signing the "Protocol of the eleventh session of the Russian-Byelorussian Council on the long-term cooperation between the Kaliningrad Region of the Russian Federation and regions, ministries, bodies of state administration of the Republic of Belarus" and "Plan of events on cooperation between the Kaliningrad Region of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus for 2014-2015".

The twelfth session of the Council is supposed to be held in October 2014 in Belarus.