On June 30, Belarusian Council of the Republic completed the legislative season with the eleventh session. At their last meeting, they had to work with lots of documents, including new ones, for example Draft Code of Culture. There are no revolutionary changes in the document but some innovations are present.
The legislative season in Belarus is now closed. In general, the portfolio of the Belarusian parliament now includes more than a dozen bills. They are all somehow related to each and every Belarusian citizen. The laws "On Tourism" and "On the road transport and road transport" were upgraded. Some issues of forced migration and historical heritage preservation were touched upon. The apogee of the current legislative season was of course the draft Code of Culture.
Among the Code's innovations is the rule according to which a person will not be obliged to join a creative union or team to acquire the status of a "creative person". The draft law contains techniques on how to organize a concert or exhibition activities.
Nikolai Kazarovets, chairman of the Standing Committee on Education, Culture and Social Development, Council of the Republic National Assembly of Belarus:
This document includes 50 various normative acts, which regulate social relations in the sphere of culture. This document has 257 articles, divided into five sections. And, of course, it is a positive thing that one document regulates public relations in the sphere of culture.
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Representatives of the House of Representatives added some new rules to the Code of Administrative Offences. Now people who buy, store and distribute smokeless tobacco products will face fines.
Natalia Guivik, member of the Standing Committee on Legislation of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:
This will cost a person up to two base amounts. Import into the Republic of Belarus from the EU or export from the Republic of Belarus to the European Union, forwarding, transportation, and sales of these products will be punishable, too: from 20 to 40 basic units.
The law on youth policy was also amended. The main emphasis is made on young staff. It is expected that the updated document will spur young people to innovations and more active life philosophy.
Mikhail Zhuravkov, Minister of Education of the Republic of Belarus:
We are talking about a range of activities related to the promotion and education of youth. We need a lot of enterprising and qualified young people to come to governing bodies and management.
Also, the upper house today endorsed a bill on the approval of the Military Doctrine. The need for the latter was inspired by changes in the geopolitical situation in the world and the emergence of new risks. The basic idea of the document is that Belarus is open for cooperation with everyone in the military sphere, but only if the national interests of Belarus are taken into account.
Yuri Koziyatko, member of the standing commission for international affairs and national security of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:
Does the Military Doctrine assume any possible military participation of the Republic of Belarus in hostilities or in peacekeeping operations outside the country?
Andrei Ravkov, Defense Minister of the Republic of Belarus:
The President has already spoke on this topic at many forums.
That is, the doctrine excludes such a possibility. I am right?
Yes, you are.
Igor Marzalyuk, deputy chairman of the standing commission for international affairs and national security of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:
We consider all possible options and types of armed conflicts and military aggression against the country, including the so-called hybrid warfare, armed actions inside the country aimed against the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the state.