The Central European Initiative was established in 1989 as a regional forum of political, economic, and cultural cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe.
Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Croatia, Montenegro, and Czechia .
Belarus in the CEI:
1996: Belarus joins the CEI
2017: Belarus presides in the CEI
Main theme of Belarus' CEI presidency:
promoting connectivity in a wider Europe.
The CEI objectives:
assist its non-EU member states in strengthening their economic and social potentials, consolidate their institutional and economicbackground and bring them closer to the European Union.
In 2014-2016 Belarus implemented a total of 6 CEI projects in transport, tourism, culture, education, and R&D worth €120,000. Belarus also partakes in the CEI regional project to support small and medium-sized business.
Source: The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs