A sharp deterioration of the political situation in Tunisia, and introduction of sanctions against Belarus will become central to discussions at the plenary session of the European Parliament, opening today in Brussels.
As a source in the secretariat of the supreme legislative body of the EU told ITAR-TASS, the "euro-deputies" have repeatedly expressed extreme concern at the severe measures taken by Belarusian authorities against the opposition after presidential elections on December 19th 2010. Now, according to the source, it's time to take specific steps. A significant reduction in inter-parliamentary cooperation with Belarus is not ruled out, as well as cuts in financial aid.
It is expected that the opening session will be addressed by chairman of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek with a formal statement about the continuing unrest in Tunisia, which killed over 70 people.