Belarus and the European Union have significantly advanced in the development of bilateral relations, including in the trade and economic sphere. This was announced the day before by Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with European Commissioner Gunther Oettinger. The Belarusian leader stated that if there are problems between Minsk and Brussels, they certainly are not of a chronic nature and must be resolved. The European Union is the second largest market for Belarusian exports. At the end of last year, mutual trade showed an almost 20% growth and exceeded 17 billion dollars. According to Oettinger, the European Union plans to increase funding for projects in Belarus.