The Central European Initiative comprises 18 countries. Belarus has been its member for 20 years and is set to chair the CEI next year under the motto Connecting Europe, with emphasis on improving the transport and logistics infrastructure, simplifying customs and border procedures and rapprochement between the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union. In this status, Minsk attaches great importance to the Eastern Partnership initiative. It is noteworthy that Belarus will for the first time be heading a regional organisation outside the post-Soviet space.
A report on the priorities will be delivered at the Sarajevo meeting by Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov. Besides, bilateral meetings with the heads of government of the Central European Initiative are scheduled to take place.