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09.10.2017

Marianna Shchetkina: If you promised, you must do it 150%
Marianna Shchetkina: If you promised, you must do it 150% A new law making season began in Belarus last week. Marianna Shchetkina, a parliamentarian, gave an interview to the CTV Channel. Marianna Shchetkina has been in office of the vice speaker of the Council of the Republic for one year exactly. She is also the leader of the Union of Women and is the coordinator of the Sustainable Development Goals, laws, stereotypes and women, of course, were discussed during the interview. I’m in your office for the first time. To be honest, I was hoping to see more phones here.
New edition of Housing Code due in Belarus
New edition of Housing Code due in Belarus Nicholas Maduro and Alexander Lukashenko traditionally performed one of the missions that a real man should do - plant a tree on the alley of guests of honor. Ahead we have an interesting story about the most interesting trees in Belarus. This topic was prompted by a meeting with the President in connection with the new edition of the Housing Code. Everything turned into sharp phrases on various topics related to order on the ground, construction of new houses, care for a small homeland... Yevgeny Pustovoi will continue the topic.

03.10.2017

New edition of Housing Code due in Belarus
New edition of Housing Code due in Belarus All conditions should be created in Belarus to help people improve their living conditions, stated Alexander Lukashenko on October 3 at a large meeting in the Palace of Independence which reviewed a new edition of the Housing Code.
New legislative season opens in both houses of Belarus parliament
New legislative season opens in both houses of Belarus parliament The new legislative season opened in Belarus on October 2. Deputies of the lower house of parliament started work from the very morning. The parliamentarians voted to amend the law "On the National Academy of Sciences", approved an agreement on financing cross-border cooperation, and considered the pressing oil issue. In particular, a protocol has been ratified that will help improve the efficiency of the oil refining industry. In total, about 30 documents have been prepared for consideration by parliamentarians.

27.09.2017

Key documents on business liberalization presented to Belarus President
Key documents on business liberalization presented to Belarus President Maximum self-regulation with minimal government intervention. Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Vasily Matyushevsky presented to Alexander Lukashenko two key documents that are designed to unleash the business initiative.
Decree simplifying public catering and consumer services comes into force in Belarus
Decree simplifying public catering and consumer services comes into force in Belarus It will be more profitable to work in the countryside in Belarus. The decree "On the development of trade, catering and consumer services", signed by the President on Friday, was published on the national legal portal on September 26. So it has already entered into force. From this day, restrictions on alcohol trade are lifted. Now you can sell it not only in shops, regardless of their area, but also in mobile shops. The main condition is to obtain permission from the local authorities, indicating the range, as well as the route of the store on wheels.

25.09.2017

“It’s not just a hobby. It’s my favorite job”: Woodcarver and blacksmith about their craft in Belarus
“It’s not just a hobby. It’s my favorite job”: Woodcarver and blacksmith about their craft in Belarus There are about 23,500 registered craftsmen in Belarus. But there are certainly far more people who occupy themselves with it. The Presidential Decree on Crafts will simplify this activity that is necessary not only for people’s self-employment but also for attracting tourists to the country (as it was discussed with the ex-president of Iceland, it’s one of upcoming sectors in Belarus as well as in Iceland). Alena Syrova met with craftsmen, who told her about their passion.

22.09.2017

More targeted inspections needed instead of planned ones, says Belarus President
No unnecessary checks of businesses, Belarus President demands It is necessary to abandon unreasonable checks of businessmen. President Alexander Lukashenko set such a task on September 22 hearing out a report of the chairman of the State Control Committee, Leonid Anfimov. The officials discussed the decree which was prepared as part of a package of documents on the development of entrepreneurship and the liberalization of business activity in Belarus.

20.09.2017

State Forensic Examination Committee employees take oath September 20
State Forensic Examination Committee employees take oath September 20 New employees are in the State Forensic Examination Committee. The solemn ritual of taking the oath took place in the Museum of the Great Patriotic War on September 20, 2017. Interestingly, there are four girls among the 20 recruits. All of them took special courses, during which they visited the scenes and export reports were made. The lieutenants of justice spoke the words of loyalty to motherland and the people for the second time, the officers took the oath for the first time before the studies at universities.

08.08.2017

Belarus President wants to carefully unleash business initiative
Belarus President wants to carefully unleash business initiative The new package of documents liberalizing business climate in Belarus will be finalized by October 1st. The task was set by the Belarusian head of state at the meeting that discussed the situation in the business environment. In general, the President approved the submitted drafts. The documents will need only a small technical revision. As expected, the main document will be Decree on the development of entrepreneurship, where new approaches to doing business in Belarus will be described.

07.08.2017

Targeted subsidies in housing construction come into force in Belarus
Targeted subsidies in housing construction come into force in Belarus The decree on targeted subsidies in housing construction came into effect in Belarus. The corresponding document was signed by the head of state on July 4, 2017. State subsidies will be provided to pay a part of interest for using the loan for housing construction. Large families and orphans can also expect some of the main debt to be repaid. At the same time, the amount of targeted assistance will be calculated based on the number of family members, the standardized size of the accommodation and the maximum standard of construction cost.

17.07.2017

Alexander Lukashenko meets with chairman of Belarus' Supreme Court
Alexander Lukashenko meets with chairman of Belarus' Supreme Court On July 17, Alexander Lukashenko received the chairman of the Supreme Court. Valentin Sukalo reported to the President on the work of the unified judicial system. It was decided to improve it three years ago.

05.07.2017

Belarus President signs documents aimed at development of Orsha District
Belarus President signs documents aimed at development of Orsha District They envisage transparent mechanisms that will immediately solve a number of problems that have accumulated in some settlements of the district. The document allows the sale of houses using preferential loans from banks in the town of Kopys. A separate item in the document provides for the modernization of the production shop of Orsha Tool Factory, which will allow beginning designing and reconstruction immediately.

15.06.2017

Belarus and Russia continue syncing legislation
Belarus and Russia continue syncing legislation The meeting of the Council of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia began in Minsk. The agenda includes matters aiming to bring closer the legislations of the two countries. The event precedes the meeting of the 52nd session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Belarus and Russia. Already on June 15 it will identify the priority areas for further development of the Union State.

04.06.2017

Technical novelties to be embedded into Belarus’ juridical procedures
Technical novelties to be embedded into Belarus’ juridical procedures A serious technical novelty may be embedded into Belarus’ juridical procedures. The idea is being looked to in a real time regime. Anyone who wishes to can get into the courtroom from his mobile phone and become a virtual participant of the court hearing. It will make the court hearings more open. The Judicial bodies hope that by embedding such technologies it will strengthen the credibility to the guardians of law.

29.05.2017

Belarus further liberalizing foreign currency market
Belarus further liberalizing foreign currency market It will soon be possible to buy foreign currency in Belarus without a passport. Thus, Belarus is going to abolish the requirement to register individuals making foreign currency exchange transactions at banks.  The corresponding decree was signed by the Belarus President. The National Bank of Belarus was instructed to settle all formalities in a three-month period and take measures to implement the decree.

02.05.2017

President Lukashenko about economic novation
President Lukashenko about economic novation Petrol cards, which can be used not only at petrol stations, will soon be introduced in Belarus. It is convenience for corporate entities in the first place. It is assumed that a driver will be able to pay for using a toll road or for a room in a hotel with the help of such a card.

21.04.2017

President Lukashenko promises to liberalize business climate
President Lukashenko promises to liberalize business climate On April 21, the President addressed the Belarusian people and the National Assembly. One of the points of Belarus' economic growth is the emancipation of business initiative.

07.04.2017

Alexander Lukashenko signs decree on apartment leasing
Alexander Lukashenko signs decree on apartment leasing Belarus has formed legal conditions for the leasing of houses and apartments. The corresponding decree has been signed by Alexander Lukashenko. First of all, the document aims to protect citizens. Those who concluded a lease agreement retain the right to be registered as persons in need of better housing conditions.

03.04.2017

Valery Malashko: E-health system is key to healthcare modernization in Belarus
Valery Malashko: E-health system is key to healthcare modernization in Belarus Belarusian parliamentarians opened a new legislative season April 3. They plan to review about 30 bills during the spring session. Among them are questions of patents for inventions, a new draft law on the development of competition, laws on drinking water supply, consumer protection and social services. Innovations in Belarus' health care system have become one of the most discussed topics at the Oval Hall. It is projected that by 2022 hospitals and clinics in Belarus will work according to new standards.

31.03.2017

Belarus may create institute to assess effectiveness of laws
Belarus may create institute to assess effectiveness of laws Belarus may create an institute which task will be to evaluate the effectiveness of laws. This prospect was voiced by the Council of the Republic, where issues of lawmaking were discussed on April 30. According to experts, the main purpose of the structure is to objectively evaluate legislative acts and find an optimal scheme for their implementation. In this Belarus is guided by the example of Germany.

09.03.2017

Belarus simplifies sanitary standards for eateries
Belarus simplifies sanitary standards for eateries Sanitary standards for food service facilities in Belarus have been simplified. The main changes relate to cooking rules. In particular, the previous edition of the rules stated that the cutting of meat, poultry and meat processing was permitted only in separated premises. In the new document, this restriction has been lifted in respect of poultry meat. Requirements regarding kitchen utensils and appliances have also been simplified: now you can use any material permitted for use in contact with foodstuffs. 

28.02.2017

Belarus simplifying rules for starting new business
Belarus simplifying rules for starting new business It will now be easier to open your own business in Belarus as well as to give it up. The Belarus President signed a decree which changes the order of state registration and liquidation of economic entities.  The document will come into force in six months and will reduce the number of administrative procedures. It will now be possible to register the business and at the same time open a bank account. 

27.02.2017

Belarus to reduce number of tax checks?
Belarus to reduce number of tax checks? Tax checks will be conducted only once in five years. This is the new feature of a draft decree, which has been submitted for public discussion by the Ministry of Taxes and Duties of Belarus.  Until the end of the working week, the ministry will accept opinions of both legal entities and individuals who deal with tax issues. The document is intended to make the process of doing business more transparent.  It is expected to reduce the administrative burden on enterprises and improve the investment climate.

14.02.2017

Belarus President demands to abolish excessive checks of businesses
Belarus President demands to abolish excessive checks of businesses On February 14 the Belarus President instructed the supervisory authorities to reduce the number of planned inspections and reorganize institutional control. At the initiative of the head of state, a working group has been established to improve the control activities and eliminate unnecessary requirements for enterprises. It consists of well-known businessmen and economic experts.
Belarusian MPs propose to exempt more people from social dependency tax
Belarusian MPs propose to exempt more people from social dependency tax The application of the decree on social dependency was discussed in the lower house of Parliament on February 14. MPs propose to clarify the criteria by which those who find themselves in difficult situations may be exempt from the fee. The Belarus President has recently reacted to issues connected with the application of this decree in the Belarusian society and allowed local executive committees to exempt from the tax those who find themselves in difficult life circumstances.

08.01.2017

ESports becomes official sports discipline in Belarus
ESports becomes official sports discipline in Belarus The Belarus Ministry of Justice has registered the national public association Belarusian Federation of eSports. "This public association was created for the purpose of development of e-sports in the Republic of Belarus, as part of the international sports movement and the training of citizens for life in the information society, a healthy lifestyle," says the ministry. Pressball commentator Andrei Vashkevich says this is a historical event: "The federation will become the main in Belarus very quickly."

22.12.2016

Belarus' House of Representatives completes 2016 legislative season
Criminal responsibility for tax evasion to increase in Belarus On December 21, MPs in Belarus completed the 2016 legislative season. Before leaving on vacation, the MPs discussed the three bills. Criminal responsibility will be increased with regard to tax evaders. There will be changes in the law on the quality of products - labeling will become more clear and transparent. The public procurement system will be "upgraded", too. All participants will be able to monitor the entire chain from the customer to the executor on Internet sources in real time.
Lidia Yermoshina re-appointed as chairwoman of Belarus Central Election Commission
Belarus announces changes to electoral law according to OCSE recommendations The Council of the Republic on December 21 gave consent to the appointment of Lidia Yermoshina chairwoman of the Central Election Commission (CEC). In addition, six members of the CEC were elected by secret ballot. They will also participate in the development of potential innovations in the electoral legislation of Belarus.

13.12.2016

'Social dependency' law in Belarus proves effectiveness?
'Social dependency' law in Belarus proves effectiveness? A quarter of a century has passed since the collapse of the USSR. The Viskuli agreement was signed December 8, 1991. And we will not leave this topic without attention today either. But first, let me remind you that in the USSR, there was an article of the Criminal Code for social parasitism. People call parasites those who don't work. The state defines this phenomenon as social dependency.

07.12.2016

Bankruptcy insurance security system may appear in Belarus
Bankruptcy insurance security system may appear in Belarus The Belarusian parliament proposes to include insurance against bankruptcy in the Labour Code. Thus, of an enterprise is liquidated the employees can count on dismissal pays. The money will be accumulated in a special account. This initiative was supported by trade unions and Belarus.

09.11.2016

Belarus President signs decree on moving, storage and sale of alcoholic beverages by physical persons
Belarus President signs decree on moving, storage and sale of alcoholic beverages by individuals The President of Belarus signed the decree "On moving, storage and sale of alcoholic beverages by individuals," on November 8. The document abolishes the limit on the amount of alcohol that one individual can keep at home. There remains the maximum limit on the amount of alcohol that can be moved around the country. For this violation, one can face administrative responsibility - a fine of up to 100 basic units (one basic unit is BYN21).

24.10.2016

Amended law on employment comes into force on October 24 in Belarus
Amended law on employment comes into force on October 24 in Belarus Unemployed people will be obliged to look for a job on their own. Employer will have to tell about job openings during 5 days. On October 24, a new amendment of the law on employment will be introduced in Belarus. The document involves the stricter punishment for breaking the law. The period when a person can be unemployed is two times less. It was reduced from 36 to 18 months.

19.10.2016

Belarus introduces age labeling of games, movies, music
Belarus introduces age labeling of games, movies, music From July 1, 2017 it will be forbidden to sell information products without age labeling in Belarus. The corresponding resolution was adopted by the Council of Ministers on October 17. The resolution reads that information products are media products, publications, audiovisual works, phonograms, and games, including computer software. It will be illegal to sell to minors under the age of 16 movies with the age label of 16+ or 18+ (earlier the resolution banned the sale of audiovisual works with the indexes of ** and ***.

17.10.2016

Mikhail Myasnikovich: if we only go by rules of law, many processes will slow down
Mikhail Myasnikovich: if we only go by rules of law, many processes will slow down We visited head of the Council of the Republic and asked him a number of questions. About 90% of people in the Parliament are new, aren’t they? Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the Council of the Republic of Belarus: Yes. I think it’s very good. Being a participant, I saw for myself that people wanted to be in the Parliament to be useful.

14.10.2016

Lower chamber of Belarus' parliament forms standing commissions
Lower chamber of Belarus' parliament forms standing commissions On October 13, there became known the names of heads of the 14 permanent commissions of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Belarus Parliament. Many of them have retained the chairmanship from the previous convocation. Addressing colleagues, members of parliament announced their proposals and plans for the four years of work. Thus, MPs intend to complete the judicial reform and introduce mediation in criminal law.

13.10.2016

Belarus' upper chamber of parliament of 6th convocation begins work
Belarus' upper chamber of parliament of 6th convocation begins work The Council of the Republic, the upper chamber of Belarus parliament, now includes new faces and retains an experienced leader. Belarusian senators of the sixth convocation have started to work following the September 2016 parliamentary elections. On the first day of the first session the parliamentarians adopted a strategy for the four-year work.

12.10.2016

Mikhail Myasnikovich becomes speaker of Belarus’ Council of Republic, Marianna Shchetkina is vice-speaker
Mikhail Myasnikovich becomes speaker of Belarus’ Council of Republic, Marianna Shchetkina is vice-speaker Mikhail Myasnikovich became a speaker of the Belarus’ Council of Republic, and Marianna Shchetkina became a vice-speaker. About 90% of the 6th convocation of the Parliament are new people. There are doctors, teachers, diplomats and heads of industrial and agricultural enterprises among them.
Vladimir Andreichenko: Belarus' parliament may adopt about 50 new bills
Vladimir Andreichenko: Belarus' parliament may adopt about 50 new bills The House of Representatives has decided on the main areas of legislative activity. On October 11 110 members of the VI convocation of the lower chamber of Belarus' parliament got down to work. This parliament includes several famous persons, for example singer Irina Dorofeeva. Yevgeny Pustovoi, CTV:Is it a good number - 105?

07.10.2016

Belarus to strengthen responsibility for failure to comply with barrier-free environment requirements
Belarus to strengthen responsibility for failure to comply with barrier-free environment requirements Among the issues considered by the MPs during the last session of the parliament of the 5th convocation are a number of bills in the economic sphere, youth policy, and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It is expected that its ratification will create additional guarantees for people with disabilities.
Former deputies club may appear in Belarus
Former deputies club may appear in Belarus At the final session of the House of Representatives on October 6, it was announced that the club of former deputies may appear in Belarus. During the four years of work the MPs of the lower house of parliament reviewed over 400 bills. One of the most resonant is the Culture Code.
Belarus President to take part in joint session of both houses of Parliament
Belarus President to take part in joint session of both houses of Parliament A joint meeting of both chambers of the Belarusian parliament will take place in the Oval Hall of the Government House on October 7. It will bring together members of the former convocation of the parliament and the newly elected deputies. Participating in the meeting will be Alexander Lukashenko. It is expected that the President will deliver an address and present state awards to members of parliament of the fifth convocation of the National Assembly.
Belarus' upper chamber of parliament finishes last working session fruitfully
Belarus' upper chamber of parliament finishes last working session fruitfully The budget for 2017 and the tax code were approved on October 6 at the final session of the 5th convocation of the Council of the Republic, which is the upper chamber of the Belarus parliament. The main financial document was adopted taking into account social orientation and considers the credit obligations of Belarus. The thickness of the national purse remains the same as in 2016, while the tax burden on the economy will fall, with spending on education and health care set to grow. Increase in salaries and pensions is expected too.

12.09.2016

Top laws drafted by Belarus parliament in 2012-2016 The fifth convocation of the Belarus parliament drafted and adopted 417 bills during 2012-2016. Among them are resonant documents that have transformed our lives. Responsibility for drunk driving has increased: you can not only be deprived of the driving license but also the car! Those who repeat the violation may be arrested. In the winter of 2015, Belarus strengthened responsibility for the mistreatment of animals. It was even criminalized. For the inhuman act, a person can get up to a year in prison.

30.08.2016

Belarusians to receive non-cash housing subsidies from October 2016
Belarusians to receive non-cash utilities subsidies from October 2016 A system of non-cash housing subsidies in Belarus will take effect from October 2016. The Belarus President signed the corresponding decree on August 29, which will reduce the financial burden especially for pensioners and the poor.  If a family spends on communal services 20% of income in the city and 15% in rural areas, it has the right for such subsidies. These subsidies will be granted not only by the application principle.

24.08.2016

Mikhail Myasnikovich: patent system for self-employed should be introduced in Belarus
Mikhail Myasnikovich: patent system for self-employed should be introduced in Belarus A patent system should be introduced in Belarus for those who find jobs and earnings on their own. That was a proposal made the speaker of the Council of the Republic of Belarus. According to Mikhail Myasnikovich’s opinion, it will encourage entrepreneurship. For instance, artisans, people working in agro tourism will acquire a new legal status.
Belarus allows visiting Augustow Canal without visas
Belarus allows visiting Augustow Canal without visas You can now visit Augustow Canal without a visa. The decree, which was signed on August 23, 2016 by the head of state, allows foreigners to visit the recreational park without entry documents.  The temporary stay of foreign citizens on the territory of Belarus in this case will be limited to five days.  It is expected that the visa-free visits to Augustow Canal will help increase the flow of tourists, create new jobs and attract investments.

19.08.2016

Lidia Yermoshina: OSCE recommendations to Belarus contradict each other
Lidia Yermoshina: OSCE recommendations to Belarus contradict each other Chairwoman of the Central Elections Commission of Belarus Lidia Yermoshina has given an interview to the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalyov. Welcome to Simple Questions. Today, at the hotel "Beijing" we have the honor to speak with the chairwoman of the Central Election Commission, Lidia Yermoshina. Mrs Yermoshina, good evening. You have recently had lots of serious conversations with foreign observers. What would you call a difficult conversation? Maybe these were talks with the mission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe?

18.08.2016

New rules for civil drone owners in Belarus
New rules for civil drone owners in Belarus The Council of Ministers of Belarus has approved new rules for the use of the so-called drones. Now they are not subject to state registration, but you can use them at an altitude of no more than 100 meters. This limitation is due to security concerns. Moreover, this applies to both amateurs and professionals.

10.08.2016

Belarus up 47 notches in World Bank's taxation indicator
Belarus up 47 notches in World Bank's taxation indicator Businessmen, prosecutors and tax inspectors at the same table. For the first time, improvements in the field of taxation legislation were discussed in such a wide format. Now updates to the tax code are made every year, however, Belarusian authorities don't expect radical changes in 2017.

28.07.2016

How to deal with smoking: draft decree of Belarus President
How to deal with smoking: draft decree of Belarus President The Belarus President urges new approaches in the fight against smoking. The head of state paid attention to this at the meeting aiming to deal with the trafficking and consumption of tobacco and electronic cigarettes. Last year, Belarus' tobacco production fell by 16%. Belarus is conducting policy aiming to reduce tobacco consumption. A number of regulatory legal acts are in force to help resolve the problem. Among them is the Decree of the President on this topic adopted back in 2002. These days, there are proposals to correct it.

27.07.2016

Belarus' new Military Doctrine comes into force
Belarus' new Military Doctrine comes into force The new Military Doctrine of Belarus came into force July 26. The document is based on the analysis and results of the expert assessment of the military-political situation in Belarus and around the world. There is now a new classification of armed conflicts in the document. It also describes the conditions under which an armed confrontation within the country may occur. The doctrine takes into account such forms of hidden threats as hybrid warfare and color revolutions. 

25.07.2016

Alexander Lukashenko signs Culture Code
Alexander Lukashenko signs Culture Code Months of public discussion and 200 pages. The President of Belarus has signed the Culture Code of the Republic of Belarus, passed by the House of Representatives and approved by the Council of the Republic. The document was developed for the first time and has no analogues in the post-Soviet space. It provides for the creation of a single mechanism for regulating legal relations in the sphere of culture and the simultaneous elimination of the existing shortcomings in this field.

30.06.2016

Culture Code approved by Belarus parliament's upper chamber
Belarus' servicemen not to take part in foreign armed conflicts - new military doctrine 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.

16.06.2016

Belarus-Russia Union State to benefit from Minsk's new military doctrine
Belarus-Russia Union State to benefit from Minsk's new military doctrine The new military doctrine of Belarus will become part of a similar document of the Belarus-Russia Union State, said the House of Representatives June 16. The deputies of the lower house of Belarus Parliament in the second reading passed a bill on the approval of the Military Doctrine. The document entered the House of Representatives February 12, 2016 after it had been approved by the President of Belarus on the basis of a Security Council session.
New Belarus law blow for Uber?
Amended Belarus' transport law blow for Uber? Taxi passengers will get the right not to pay for a taxi ride if they are not given a check. Belarus' House of Representatives, which is the lower chamber of the parliament, has adopted the relevant amendments to the law "On the motor transport and road transportation" June 16. The document suggests some other changes.

14.06.2016

Belarus-Russia Forum of Regions: 39 inter-governmental deals and $300m worth of contracts
Belarus-Russia Forum of Regions: 39 inter-governmental deals and $300m worth of contracts The speaker of the upper house of Belarus' parliament reviewed the Third Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia on June 14 at a meeting of the eleventh session of the Council of the Republic. The participants concluded 39 agreements at government level. The economic effect of the meeting is commercial contracts valued at more than $300 million.

05.06.2016

Antitrust and Trade Ministry created in Belarus
Antitrust and Trade Ministry created in Belarus The Ministry of Antitrust and Trade has been created in Belarus. The corresponding decree was signed by President Alexander Lukashenko on June 3. It is known that the new structure will include the pricing policy department of the Ministry of Economy as well as similar regional structures. It was decided to strengthen the role of the Ministry of Trade as a regulator in the domestic market.

26.05.2016

Belarus to amend counter-terrorism laws
Belarus to amend counter-terrorism laws Belarus is going to amend counter-terrorism laws. The corresponding bill was adopted on May 25 by members of the House of Representatives. The amendments concern measures to prevent the legalization of proceeds from crime, terrorist financing and proliferation of mass destruction weapons. The need for the adoption of the amendments is due to the improvement of the legal framework regarding the detection and suppression of terrorist organizations, as well as the protection of the population against acts of terrorism.

24.05.2016

Maxim Korshekevich, head of the Main Directorate of the Office of the Council of Belarus' Trade Unions Federation
Unemployment insurance may appear in Belarus Belarusian trade unions are in favor of innovations in the country's legislation: they would like to introduce insurance for unemployment or bankruptcy of the employer.    Increased competition in the labor market requires additional guarantees for workers. Mechanisms and conditions for new types of insurance for Belarus were developed in conjunction with specialists from various ministries, the National Academy of Sciences, and the deputies of the State Control Committee. The developments will now be forwarded to the government for discussion.

13.05.2016

Vasily Alekseyenko, deputy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus tightens responsibility for use and possession of drugs Belarus is tightening responsibility for the use and possession of drugs. Amendments to the relevant bill were approved on May 12 by the House of Representatives. The document provides for stricter liability for owners of online stores and entertainment venues if they do not notify law enforcement authorities about the illegal traffic of banned substances. There are clarifications on the grounds that allow placing juveniles in special medical and educational institutions. In addition, separate liability for drug use is introduced.

03.05.2016

Organizers and sponsors of extremist organizations in Belarus to be held criminally responsible
Organizers and sponsors of extremist organizations in Belarus to be held criminally responsible Criminal liability for possession of Molotov cocktails has been introduced in Belarus. The relevant law comes into force from May 3. In addition, several new articles have appeared in the criminal law. Now, the creation and funding of activities of associations having signs of extremism will become punishable. 

28.04.2016

Belarus eases visa requirements for UAE citizens
Belarus eases visa requirements for UAE citizens Belarus is easing visa regime for citizens of the United Arab Emirates. This is provided for by the decree signed on April 27 by President Alexander Lukashenko. The document authorizes visa-free transit through the territory of our country. This also applies to temporary stay for a period not exceeding 30 days from the date of entry through international checkpoints. In this case, UAE citizens can voluntarily register at the place of actual residence.

27.04.2016

Council of the Republic of the Belarus National Assembly
Age rating system for films and programs to be introduced in Belarus The Public Board for Children Protection against Harmful Content is to be created in Belarus. Such a bill was approved on April 21 by the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus. The authorities took into consideration the experience of Russia, the USA, and the Netherlands during the draft development. The document demands an obligatory age rating indication for production and distribution of all information products.

25.04.2016

Belarus wants to increase penalties for 'crime bosses'
Belarus wants to toughen penalties for 'crime bosses' Belarus plans to toughen penalties for leaders of criminal groups. This initiative was voiced at the April 25 meeting of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko with the Minister of Internal Affairs Igor Shunevich. A bill to toughen the fight against particularly dangerous crimes has already been prepared. It targets so-called "thieves in law". The Ministry of Interior believes this category of offenders should bear a heavier penalty than other members of illegal groups.

20.04.2016

Lidia Yermoshina, Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Belarus
Legislative innovations ahead of Belarus' parliamentary vote 2016 The head of the Central Election Commission today told reporters about the innovations and features of the parliamentary elections 2016. According to Lidia Yermoshina, after the 2012 elections, the CEC asked the President to make some changes in the legislation. During the current parliamentary campaign, they will be applied for the first time.

13.04.2016

Hybrid warfare: why is it mentioned in Belarus’ new Military Doctrine?
Hybrid warfare: why is it mentioned in Belarus’ new Military Doctrine? The draft of the new Military Doctrine has been approved by the House of Representatives on its first reading this week (April 2016). The main document determining the security of the state was prepared taking into account the new challenges. The previous one was written in 2002, when the situation in Ukraine was far from unstable, when no one was afraid of terror threat in Europe, and when the Arab Spring was 10 years away. No cardinal changes in approaches to national security have been made in the new bill.
Draft animal care law being considered in Belarus
Draft animal care law being considered in Belarus Is this a new bill? Yuri Dorogokupets, member of the Standing Commission on Housing Policy and Construction of the House of Representatives of Belarus' National Assembly:Of course. We have not had such a bill. Currently, we only have rules concerning domestic animals (dogs and cats), approved by a resolution of the Council of Ministers in 2001. And this bill is really new. What will it be?

12.04.2016

Fees for parcels to Belarus to take effect April 14
Parcel fees in Belarus to take effect April 14 Fees for parcels from abroad in Belarus will take effect on April 14, said the Customs Committee of the country April 12. The duty-free import of goods amounts to 22 euros per month. The maximum weight is 10 kilograms. This is assuming that people order things for personal use. The fee, 30% of the sum that exceeds the limit, is paid when the abovementioned parameters are exceeded. Plus, 5 euro will be charged as a customs duty, regardless of the price and weight.
Belarusian judges get Honor Code
Belarusian judges get Honor Code Belarusian judges now have the Code of Honor. Belarus has adopted rules of their professional ethics and official conduct. The top 10 main qualities include competence, diligence, integrity and reasonable initiative. This set of rules is needed first of all to establish decent relations between judges and citizens. It is reported that the quality and level of such a dialogue determines the degree of people's trust not only in the judicial system, but in the state as a whole.
New law making season starts at Belarusian Parliament: new laws to be adopted
Belarusian Parliament starts new law-making season The session was opened both in the Oval Hall and in the Council of the Republic of Belarus. The deputies from the House of Representative will decide upon dozens of bills. Some of them are resonant. For instance, a person will be held criminally liable for participation in armed conflicts abroad, or will get fine or warning if their dog barks after 11 PM. During the spring session, the MPs will examine 60 bills. The adopted ones will determine the country's development for years to come.

11.04.2016

Belarus President signs decree increasing retirement age by 3 years by 2022
Belarus President signs decree increasing retirement age by 3 years by 2022 Belarus will be gradually increasing retirement age, by three years for both men and women. The corresponding decree was signed by the head of state.  According to the document, the retirement threshold will increase gradually - by six months per year. The system will change according to this algorithm in the next 6 years, beginning from January 1, 2017.  As an outcome, women will retire at 58 and men at 63 by 2022.

07.04.2016

Belarusian Foreign Ministry to coordinate WTO accession
Belarusian Foreign Ministry to coordinate WTO accession The bodies of state administration of Belarus should intensify work on the country's accession to the World Trade Organization, reads a decree adopted by the Government. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been selected a coordinator of the process.  WTO membership is seen as a tool for greater integration of Belarus into the multilateral trading system and an additional incentive for economic growth.

06.04.2016

Belarus' lower chamber of parliament approves government activities program for 2016-2020
Belarus' lower chamber of parliament approves government activities program for 2016-2020 The government's strategy of activities for a five-year term has been approved by the House of Representatives. The document presented by Belarus' Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov. It outlines the directions, measures and mechanisms according to which the authorities plan to develop the economy of Belarus. Valentina Zheleznaya knows the details of how the voting took place.

05.04.2016

Valery Vakulchik, chairman of the State Security Committee of Belarus (KGB)
Belarus Parliament discussing possible liability for extremist activities The Belarusian Parliament discussed on April 4 the possibility of introducing liability for extremism. Although Belarus has created an effective legal framework to combat terrorism the corresponding article is still not included in the country's Criminal Code. In addition, it is planned to introduce responsibility for taking part in the fighting on the territory of other states. Currently, it is the so-called mercenaries who could fall under this article. These are people fighting on a particular side for financial reward.

04.04.2016

Belarus' draft Military Doctrine adopted in first reading
Belarus' draft Military Doctrine adopted in first reading The new draft Military Doctrine of Belarus has been adopted by Belarusian MPs in the first reading. The updated document defines the main directions of the state's military policy at the present stage of development. There are no fundamental changes to the approach to national security. The defensive orientation of the document has been preserved. The draft clearly states that the use of military force is regarded as an exceptional measure.
Belarusian parliament to begin new legislative season April 4
Belarusian parliament begins new legislative season April 4 The new legislative season begins April 4 in the Belarusian parliament. During the spring session, the Council of the Republic and the House of Representatives plan to consider several dozen questions. Among the main are the new military doctrine, the codes on culture and the judicial system and the governmental program for the upcoming 5 years. Members of the lower house of parliament have started to work in the Oval Hall.

31.03.2016

Belarus parliament to review new military doctrine April 4
Belarus parliament to review new military doctrine April 4 The new military doctrine will be considered during the spring session of the House of Representatives, which will open on 4 April. The need to make changes to a document is due primarily to the tense situation in the world. The parliament is also considering other legal acts related to security. In particular, changes may be introduced to documents relating to the fight against terrorism.

30.03.2016

Belarus' President meets U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Alexander Lukashenko: USA vital for balancing Ukraine crisis Positive elements in the relations between Belarus and the United States will mark their new stage, said President Alexander Lukashenko meeting on March 30 with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Carpenter. The sides discussed Belarus' position on military matters and the bilateral dialogue. During the meeting they touched upon regional security issues. In particular, the conflict in Ukraine. Belarus' President noted that it is impossible to balance the situation there without the United States.

29.03.2016

Alexander Lukashenko counting on continued growth of Parliament's professionalism
Alexander Lukashenko counting on Parliament's higher professionalism The President of Belarus is counting on continued growth of professionalism of Parliament. The Head of State noted this meeting with chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly Vladimir Andreichenko.  The two discussed the forthcoming parliamentary election campaign, due in late summer or early autumn. The President believes it is necessary to strengthen the work with people and provide additional assistance to local authorities in solving the regional problems.

16.03.2016

Belarus to reduce the number of villagers in need of housing
Belarus to reduce the number of villagers in need of housing The President has signed decree №97 aiming to stabilize staff turnover in agricultural organizations and bring down the number of those in need of better housing conditions. The document establishes a uniform procedure for the sale of residential premises of state housing stock in the territory of a particular locality. It is expected that the implementation of the decree will help keep specialists in their positions and will also reduce agricultural organizations' workload when it comes to the maintenance of the housing stock.

14.03.2016

Belarus President approves new tariffs amid utility price row
Belarus President approves new tariffs amid utility price row Water supply and elevator maintenance will be cheaper. The President of Belarus has approved the tariffs for basic public utilities. The President ordered an in-depth review of utility costs after the January price rises. Alexander Lukashenko demanded that the real value of the services be specified in utility bills. And utilities should be transparent and understandable to the public. The decree on the new tariff policy will be signed in the near future.
Belarus, Thailand ready to work on global scale
Belarus, Thailand ready to work on global scale Belarus and Thailand are ready to work on a global scale. In order to implement this mutual intention Belarus' parliamentary delegation on March 14 will pay an official visit to Bangkok. The negotiations, including with the leadership of the Kingdom, will span five days. During this time, the parties intend to fill with concrete projects their cooperation in trade and economic sphere. This, in particular, should be made possible thanks to the first joint business forum. The focus will be placed on the expansion of the legal framework.

23.02.2016

Belarus identifies measures to enhance economic efficiency
Belarus identifies measures to enhance economic efficiency Belarus has identified measures to enhance the efficiency of the economy. The corresponding decree was signed on February 23 by the head of state.  It provides for accelerated development of small and medium-sized businesses, attraction of foreign capital, the development and creation of enterprises and gradual decline in interest rates on loans in the economy.

17.02.2016

Irina Driga, First Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus to choose Man of the Year, create unique Culture Code The Culture Year with new titles. Belarus will choose the Man of the Year, and the best cultural city. The idea of ​​a new competition has been announced by the Ministry of Culture. The selection of applicants for the honorary titles will begin shortly. The names of the laureates will be announced in 2016.

16.02.2016

Belarus may implement OSCE ODIHR election recommendations
Belarus accepts OSCE ODIHR election recommendations Belarus will make every effort to implement OSCE ODIHR recommendations on the conduct of elections. To this end, Belarus has created a special commission, which consists of 10 experts: parliamentarians, representatives of the relevant Ministries and the Central Election Commission.  Within a month, experts will examine in detail the OSCE report and determine what changes can be implemented.

14.02.2016

Alexander Lukashenko demands to set up trade system suitable for private and state-run businesses
Alexander Lukashenko demands to set up trade system suitable for private and state-run businesses The topic of the week in Belarus was trade, which affects the lives of everyone. All of us go to shops. How successfully Belarusian companies sell the goods produced determines the state of the national economy. The President has given the Trade Ministry additional powers and set the task to organize the work in a new way. To sum up, the main principle is fair distribution of revenue from trade. And work in line with general rules, with no exceptions. For example, what gets on the shelves or entrepreneurial stalls must be mandatory certified. Here bargaining is not appropriate.

12.02.2016

Belarus' new military doctrine sent to parliament for approval
Belarus' new military doctrine sent to parliament for approval The new version of the Military Doctrine of Belarus has been sent to the lower house of Parliament. President Alexander Lukashenko has approved the document following the January 22 meeting of the Security Council of Belarus. The need for renewing of the doctrine was caused by changes in the military-political situation in the world, the nature of warfare and the modern trends of development of the Belarusian state.

10.02.2016

Belarus to abandon cross subsidization from 2019
Belarus to abandon cross subsidization from 2019 Cross-subsidies will be eliminated in Belarus before the end of 2018. This measure is stipulated in the government's draft program, approved at the February 9 meeting of the Presidium of the Council of Ministers. The goal is to restore the competitiveness of the industrial complex. Among other activities, the government press service lists decline in interest rates in the economy in conjunction with the reduction in directed lending and inflation. Net income will become a key indicator of the efficiency for heads of organizations.

05.02.2016

Belarusian self-employed businessmen unwilling to certify goods, downplay quality concerns
Belarusian self-employed businessmen unwilling to certify goods, downplay quality concerns Not all individual entrepreneurs in Belarus are ready to work under new and transparent rules, which promote safety of goods. Most of them do not hurry to use the procedure for certification of the goods. This means that each entrepreneur must obtain a document that proves that clothing, footwear, perfumes and toys they resell are made legally and of high quality raw materials that are not harmful to health.

24.01.2016

Belarus 50th in rule of law index
Belarus 50th out of 102 in Rule of Law Index Belarus took 50th place in the index of the rule of law. The rating was published by the international non-governmental organization American Bar Association. The list includes 102 countries. It is topped by Scandinavian states. Among the neighbors Belarus holds a more favorable position than the majority of neighbors leaving behind Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Russia.
New law on fight against corruption enters into force in Belarus
New law on fight against corruption enters into force in Belarus The new law on the fight against corruption enters into force in Belarus. The document will first of all play a preventive role. It is now forbidden to appoint to senior positions those dismissed for defamatory facts if less than five years have passed. Those who had committed a serious crime will never be able to return to civil service.

21.01.2016

Administrative responsibility in Belarus may be liberalized
Administrative responsibility in Belarus may be liberalized Proposals of the Belarus Interior to liberalize the administrative responsibility was by and large supported by Belarusians. Most of them concerns traffic police. In particular, 93% of respondents supported the proposal that citizens who have a driving license but forgotten it at home will be freed from administrative liability. The Interior Ministry noted that any change to the administrative law will not be directed at reducing the security of the citizens.
Belarusian MPs discuss Culture Code proposals January 21
Belarusian MPs discuss Culture Code proposals January 21 The procedure for the holding of cultural events and updating the provisions on creative employees. Belarusians MPs discussed proposals to the draft Culture Code on January 21.  Today's conversation involved representatives of the creative unions and the Ministry of Culture and Commerce.
Belarus tightens norms against dishonest businessmen
Belarus tightens norms against dishonest businessmen Cure from dishonest businessmen. The President of Belarus has signed the decree, which should increase the efficiency of fight with unscrupulous businessmen. All the measures set out in the document are based solely on the legal, transparent and clear rules of the business community. In particular, now businesses, against which the State Control Committee issues an order, are liable for special taxation. Under the new rules, those who fulfill this requirement and voluntarily pay taxes, will be freed from administrative responsibility. 

20.01.2016

Belarus' Constitutional Court adopts annual message to President, Parliament
Belarus' Constitutional Court adopts annual message to President, Parliament The Constitutional Court of Belarus has adopted the annual message to the president and both houses of the National Assembly, Belarus' parliament. This is a kind of the final assessment of the development of the legal system in 2015. During this time the court checked whether 50 laws, adopted by the Parliament, are consistent with the Constitution.

19.01.2016

Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange gets extra functions
Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange gets extra functions Services of the Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange will become more attractive for investors. After a presidential decree, the stock exchange is given additional functions. The document will significantly reduce the risks for financiers as transactions will now be more transparent. The Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange can now independently open current accounts on its site and correspondent accounts in foreign banks. It can also conduct foreign exchange operations with the National Bank.
Master plans for Minsk's satellite towns approved
Master plans for Minsk's satellite towns approved The President of Belarus has defined the satellite towns of Brest, Grodno and Minsk. The head of state has signed a decree, which also specifies the schemes of the complex territorial organization of regions.  The document identifies priorities for socio-economic development of certain areas, their engineering and transport infrastructure. Minsk's satellite towns will be Dzerzhinsk, Zaslavl, Logoisk, Rudensk, Smolevichi and Fanipol. Brest will have Zhabinka in this status, with Skidel being Grodno's satellite.

17.01.2016

Dmitry Shevtsov, MP
What new laws to expect in Belarus in 2016? Belarus has approved a plan for drafting legislation for 2016. The list includes 40 documents. There were many more legislative proposals, about 130. The proposals are authored mainly by MPs, government bodies and research institutions. The majority of laws pertain to economic issues. The budget package includes 9 bills. The social sphere has not been forgotten either. Some changes will affect social services, housing and utilities sector. There will be some new points introduced for families with children.

03.01.2016

President signs Belarus' budget for 2016
President signs Belarus' budget for 2016 The Belarus President has signed the law on the national budget for 2016. It is going to be executed with a surplus: the country intends to make more than BYR 180 billion and spend about BYR 163 billion. Key development objectives are growth and export diversification as well as the creation of new jobs. The Belarusian budget for 2016 will keep its social orientation. The priority is the financing of education and health. 

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