The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Congress will vote next Wednesday against the double taxation signed with Belarus, at a time when the whole EU, including the Spanish government, is putting pressure on Aleksandr Lukashenko to end the repression of the opponents.
The agreement, which was signed in 2017, is on the agenda of the Foreign Affairs Commission for the 24th, together with other international agreements, according to Europa Press.
The government sent it to the Courts last June and the Congressional Bureau processed it that same month. The relationship with Belarus became tense, however, in August, following presidential elections that the EU considered fraudulent.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya, spoke in August with her colleague from this country to express her “deep concern about the situation after the electoral fraud”. “The violence must stop and citizens arbitrarily detained must be released,” the head of diplomacy said on Twitter.
The agreement, aimed at “avoiding double taxation and preventing tax evasion on income and wealth taxes” is the first of its kind signed with Belarus, so that so far this relationship is governed by one agreed with the then Soviet Union in 1985.
The negotiation dates back to 2008 and the Council of Ministers authorized the signature in December 2011, but the situation of the relations of Belarus with the European Union did not favor such a signature. However, in 2016 the EU lifted most of its measures towards the country because it considered that freedoms and the rule of law had progressed. Then the Convention was signed in Madrid on June 14, 2017 by the respective Ministers of Foreign Affairs, who were then Alfonso Dastis and Vladimir Makei.