Belarus' government increases accommodation funding in 2017
As many as BYN 50 million more.
Belarusian government allocates extra funds for home loans with state aid.
According to the decision made by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus, the money will go towards building panel tower-blocks, which must be constructed in 2017.
Those who are in need of improved housing conditions will be able to take loans at interest,
which has been decreased by half of refinancing rate.
Belarus government allocates funds for state aid home loans
As many as BYN 50 million more. Belarusian government allocates funds for home loans with state aid. Those who are in need of improved housing conditions will be able to take loans at interest, which has been decreased by half of refinancing rate.
According to the decision made by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus, the money will go towards building panel tower-blocks, which must be constructed in 2017.
How Minsk horsecar museum was created
The creation of the Minsk Horsecar Museum exposition took five years. Here is why it took that long.
Lidia Markovich, leading researcher of the Minsk History Museum:It was pretty hard to work on the exposition because we faced with absolutely unfamiliar objects like horsepower keeper because it’s been a hundred years since the horse-drawn trams disappeared.
We had to look for information and everything which would help create exhibits and its analogues.
Belarus government's costs on education, medicine and security
The IT sector in Belarus and in the world is one of the most highly paid. It’s not surprising that the competition for the enrollment in this specialty is stably high. One can graduate with an on-fire and highly paid profession for absolutely free in Belarus, though it costs a lot for the government to support state-funded places.
The same situation is with calling the ambulance or paying a neighborhood police inspector for the work he does.
Of course, everyone must contribute bit by bit into the public funding system.
Natalia Kochanova: Youth must take care about future of Belarus
On the eve of Constitution Day (15 March) passports were given at a solemn ceremony to the best young men and women of Belarus. The ceremony was held at the Museum of Modern Belarusian Statehood. Taking part in the ceremony was head of the Presidential Administration Natalia Kochanova.
These are the best boys and girls from all over Belarus, who really deserve this kind of attention.
Social aspects: Belarusian government's plans for 2017
During the meeting on March 10, 2017 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko got back to Decree № 3. The list of real dependants will be compiled by October 1, 2017. Their payments will go towards the support of children only. This demand was put forward by Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting with civil servants on the 9th of March. The social sphere in Belarus is prioritized.
As many as BYN 1820 million went towards these purposes (it is practically every tenth budgetary ruble) in 2017 alone.
Belarus to strengthen social support for vulnerable families with kids
Belarus will strengthen social support to the most vulnerable families with children. The relevant bill has already been considered by the deputies in the first reading and is now being prepared for the second one.
According to the new edition, parents looking after disabled children are proposed to provide the right to work part-time or at home preserving the right for benefits.
In addition, the amount of benefits paid for care for a disabled child (third or fourth disability group) will increase.
First "silent checkouts" open in Belarus
The first “silent tills” were opened in Minsk. Cashiers with hearing disabilities started their work in Minsk shops. At the moment, the social project includes just two Minsk shops, where seven people with hearing disabilities found a job for themselves.
Nevertheless, it is planned that the number of “silent cashiers” will grow , including the possibility of them getting hired in the regions of Belarus.
By the way, the buyers stayed satisfied with the personnel, the level of service rate is high, and situations of misunderstanding do not occur.
Paternity leave for Belarusian fathers
Belarusian fathers can be discharged from work with the right to take paternity leave. Such amendments are planned to be made to the Labour Code of the Republic of Belarus. An interdepartmental working group is looking into the issue of compulsory paternity leave. Therefore, men will obtain a lawful right to take care of their newborn children together with mothers.
Today every family can decide on who is going to look after the baby. However, in 99% of the cases it is mothers who take the responsibility to look after children.
Marianna Shchetkina about men in Belarus, gender equality and protection of economy
The Day of Defender has passed and we are now in anticipation of ladies' celebration, on 8 March is approaching, so we will continue the conversation on peace topics with a remarkable woman with high powers, the vice-speaker of the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament and chairwoman of the public association Belarusian Union of Women Marianna Shchetkina.
Marianna Akindinovna, hello.
Marianna Shchetkina, deputy chairwoman of the Council of the Republic National Assembly of Belarus:
Belarus takes about 160,000 Ukrainians in recent years
The difficult situation emerging in the south-east of Ukraine again became the topic of discussion on 23 February at the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. It commented on the mechanism permitting Ukrainian refugees a temporary residence in the country, responding to a question about the status of Donetsk and Lugansk passports.
Dmitry Mironchik said the President of Belarus in August 2014 adopted a decree that which contains a number of rules that enable migrants to avoid serious problems in the process.
Shortage of places in kindergartens of Riga
We cannot deny the fact that nowadays there are a lot of social issues to resolve. Today the number of places in kindergartens is an urgent problem as a lot of children have been born lately. How do EU countries solve this problem? Our special correspondent Tatiana Revizore examined the situation in Latvia.
Red Cross and Belarus’ Ministry of Emergencies launch mobile application
Belarusians felt the breath of the Arctic again. The frost returned to Minsk city after the thaw.
Borisov and Logoisk districts became the coldest points on the map. Last night the temperature there was about 21ºC.
Fortunately, a new wave of cold weather didn’t carry serious consequences. Meanwhile, all the services are working in emergency mode. Also, anyone can ask the Red Cross volunteers for help.
The short number 201 is available for the residents of the capital and the region.
Belarus may introduce moratorium on death penalty if Belarusians support it
The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko is ready to introduce a moratorium on death penalty if such a measure is supported by the majority of Belarusians, said the Belarus President at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus: When the majority of people vote for it, I will sign [the corresponding documents] on the same day.
Belarus President does not rule out abolition of social dependency decree
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko does not rule out the possibility of canceling decree No3 on social dependency. He stated this at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media.
“This decree has not been in force for long. Let’s wait and see whether it will work. If it doesn’t, we will abolish it,” said President Lukashenko.
Belarus President changes “social parasites” list
The list of persons who are obliged to participate in the financing of public expenditures was changed in Belarus. The President amended the decree on the prevention of social dependency.
Participants of the national sports teams and alternative servants in the army are now exempt from the so-called 'social dependency' tax.
The unemployed who are sent to retraining are excempt only if there are no complaints about them at universities.
Family capital deposits worth $288m opened in Belarus in 2015-2016
Family 30,000 people have took advantage of family capital in Belarus, said the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.
A program support large families has been operating for two years. During this time, deposits worth $288 million were opened in banks.
In 2016, Belarus recorded a natural population increase for the first time in 20 years. This is in particular thanks to the competent social policy of the state.
How the elderly continue education in Belarus
Social protection workers celebrate their professional holiday on January 5. The Ministry of Labor and Social Protection operates 146 regional social service centers today, with about two million people registered. More than 88,000 elderly and disabled people are served at home. Families with many children are paid special attention too.
Today's guest of the TV program Morning. Good Mood Studio on the CTV is Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Rumak.
Belarus to improve state support for housing construction
The mechanism of the provision of state support the construction of housing in Belarus will be improved.
A specifically created interdepartmental working group has been tasked to figure out the best ways for this.
Together with the regional executive committees, experts of the Architecture and Construction Ministry of Belarus, the National Bank and other agencies will develop a common strategy of soft financing and allocation of funds for 2017.
Analysis of Belarus President's New Year 2017 speech
Increasing fertility, strengthening of positions in international arena and security were the topics Alexander Lukashenko raised in his 2017 New Year address on December 31, 2016. For the first time in a quarter century, Belarus has recorded natural population growth.
By the way, this is not the first time Alexander Lukashenko has asked women to give birth to more children during his New Year speech.
Belarus President: Businesses should be more involved in charity, like in the west
Business in Belarus should be more involved in philanthropy and support of the elderly and children. The Head of State instructed businesses to study the issue during his visit to Nikolaevschinsky orphanage for veterans or war and labour and the disabled on December 30.
Alexander Lukashenko pointed out that Belarus can draw on positive foreign experience in this matter. The President also emphasized that helping the elderly and children should not be episodic, on separate occasions or holidays. Rather, it must be carried out on an ongoing basis.
President Lukashenko appoints new deputy prime minister
Alexander Lukashenko on December 29 made a number of personnel decisions. Vasily Zharko was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus.
Introducing the candidate, the head of the Presidential Administration Natalia Kochanova noted that
Mr Zarko has proved a competent and proactive leader in all areas of professional activity.
He has been heading the health system of Belarus for more than 10 years. During this time, the industry carried out reforms that brought Belarusian medicine to the world level.
Viktor Lukashenko visits large family as part of Our Children charity campaign
Christmas charity marathon continues its march across Belarus. The campaign "Our Children" has already involved thousands of Belarusian children who need special attention these days.
The large family Konovalenko of Shklov district received New Year congratulations on December 29.
Assistant to the President for National Security Viktor Lukashenko came on a visit to the children along with his family.
Nine children live in this children's home of family type.
Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities enters into force in Belarus
People with disabilities in Belarus will more rights. On December 29, the Republican Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force in Belarus.
The document has both a national and a global status.
In September 2015, Alexander Lukashenko signed this international document in New York. Thus, Belarus joined the global program to protect the rights of people with disabilities. The national plan underwent a public discussion and now has a clear mandate.
President Lukashenko congratulates children at New Year party in Minsk
Another highlight of the week.
"The Forest Raised a Christmas Tree," sang school students from all over the country together with characters from fairy tales. These are the guys who had been invited to the presidential Christmas Tree party - almost 2,500 boys and girls. This is one of the noisiest and funniest events at the Palace of the Republic so far. Habitual silence (mostly official events are held in the Palace of the Republic) was filled with laughter and noise. Smiles and a good mood were everywhere.
'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.
Belarus mulling over salary compensation fund for workers of bankrupt enterprises
The Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus (FTU) proposes to establish a fund for the compensation of salaries to workers of bankrupt enterprises. The draft plan is going to be adopted in 2018.
The Council of the Fund will consider all cases individually and determine the size of cash payments.
The FTU believes that the introduction of insurance against loss of earnings would improve the social protection of workers and guarantee payments.
UN project Inclusive Belarus launched in Grodno
Include special people in the life of the whole society is the main purpose of the UN project "Inclusive Belarus", which was launched in Grodno. Exhibitions dedicated to people with disabilities, campaigns against gender inequality, training against domestic violence will be held during the project.
With the help of illustrative examples, the organizers hope to draw the attention of Belarusians to these problems.
The visually impaired from Grodno offered guests play table tennis with them (with eyes closed).
Integration with Russia top topic at Belarus President's meeting with Russian journalists
Belarusian-Russian relations have the opportunity to reach a qualitatively new level, said November 17 the Belarus President during a press conference for representatives of regional mass media of Russia.
Meetings in this format are traditional. The current one is the 13th in a row. By the way, the President, talking to reporters, admitted that it is his favorite number. A live broadcast of the press conference is organized by the First Channel of the Belarusian Radio.
Full life of retired people in Minsk: Chinese gymnastics, English and elocution lessons
They challenged their age and now they are trying Chinese gymnastics – Tai chi. Its controlled pace, relaxing music, atmosphere of tranquility help in finding harmony.
Exercises do not require special physical training; that is why Chinese gymnastics is so popular among the elderly.
Chinese gymnastics helps both physically and mentally. Tai chi also helps to overcome stress.
Social entrepreneurship: unique business courses open in Gomel
It is possible to earn a living by solving social problems of the society. Unique business courses opened in Gomel in the framework of Global Entrepreneurship Week.
It’s possible to undergo course of social entrepreneurship in the Institute of Advanced Training of Pavel Sukhoi State Technical University.
Belarus population census 2019: Questions and procedure
The census of Belarus will be held in autumn 2019. For the first time in 20 years, the birth rate in Belarus has exceeded the death rate. According to specialists, the natural grows of the population is a historic fact and the positive dynamics are connected with comprehensive sustained measures of public policy.
Social project: Exhibition of underage mothers’ portraits opens in Belarus
The exhibition devoted to underage mothers opened in Borisov. The exhibition is held in the framework of the international social project in support of teenagers in difficult life situations.
To help such women to stay strong and make the right choice, specialists show the beauty of maternity by means of art.
The exhibition consists photos of ordinary girls that got pregnant in the early age. Not being afraid of the responsibility, they proved that there is always a way out.
Belarus President: The poorest people need to be helped in crisis
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko stressed the importance of the development of relations between Belarus and Western Europe making staffing decisions on October 25. They touched upon the diplomatic corps.
Denis Sidorenko has been appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany. That country takes a constructive and pragmatic approach in the field of political cooperation, and in trade-economic cooperation, which is why it has become one of Belarus' most important partners.
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 ***.
Belarus celebrating Mother's Day October 14
Belarus is celebrating Mother's Day. This holiday has a more than 20 years of history in Belarus and has its own traditions. Usually on this day, Belarusians congratulate their mothers and do not skimp on good words and deeds in honor of those who gives life.
Belarus is one of the few countries of the former Soviet Union where the Order of Mother is presented. It is given to moms who gave birth to and raised five or more children. There are about 8,000 of such women in Belarus.
Labor pensions in Belarus to increase from December 1, 2016
The first day of winter will warm the retired in a special way. Labor pensions are increased in Belarus on December 1.
The corresponding decree was signed on October 13 by the President of Belarus. The costs will be financed at the expense of the state extra-budgetary fund of social protection of the people.
According to the 2017 budget, labor pensions are going to increase two times.
SEE: Salaries in Belarus to grow by 9% in 2017
Alexander Lukashenko promises to improve staffing in social services
The staffing situation in the social sphere should be improved, said President of Belarus on 11 September meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Natalia Kochanova.
In general, the stability of the social sphere in Belarus has been ensured, with timely payment of salaries, pensions and benefits. However, problematic questions remain and they need to be addressed.
Funds invested in sports facilities should pay off and Belarusian cinema should produce better and more popular new movies.
Mother's Week to kick off in Belarus October 10
Mother's Week starts in Belarus on October 10. Traditionally, during the next seven days, the main women in the life of each person will be surrounded by special attention.
As part of the week, there will be held receptions, gala concerts and ceremonies to award the Order of Mother.
Organizers promise that every representative of the beautiful half of mankind will receive due respect. Single women, veterans and disabled people will be visited as part of charity events.
Belarusian parliament considering draft budget for 2017
The draft budget for 2017 is being considered in the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Belarus parliament, on October 3. The ninth session opened today is the final for the MPs of the fifth convocation. The parliamentarians began work on the main financial document in the spring. It was assessed today in the first reading in the Oval Hall.
The draft budget provides for an increase in health, education and research spending. There will be more funds for the payment of maternity capital.
The oldest Belarusian to enter university is 69
Some people don’t need any nuclear power plants to possess truly "atomic" energy. Today is the International Day of Older Persons. However after you watch the next story by our correspondent, you will rethink your concept about older persons.
Semyon Elizarov is a truly unique person in Belarus. He became famous after entering a university at 69! He is studying journalism and has even sat his first exams. He says he used no cribs.
Pension growth planned in Belarus in 2017, finance ministry says
Belarus is discussing the most important financial document - the budget for 2017. The relevant draft document has already been published by the Ministry of Finance and received the first comments. The talk show "What's Going On?" on RTR-Belarus tried to figure out what Belarus' economy will be like in 2017.
Egor Khrustalyov, host:
What everyone wants to hear is, of course, whether public sector salaries and pensions will be increased.
New life of people escaping war: Language training course opens in Brest
Millions of people around the world are forced to leave their homes in the search of a peaceful life. Among them, there are some people who chose Belarus as a country with secure future, they found a job here, found a family, and the most important thing is that they were able to forget about the horrors of the war.
To help them quickly adapt to the new environment a language training course for refugees opened in Brest. There is a person from Afghanistan and a person from Eritrea among the pupils.
Belarus to create active longevity center
Belarus' main demographic threats are high male mortality, obesity and lack of motivation of many citizens to lead healthy lifestyle. A meeting was held in Minsk to discuss how to save the health of the population and ensure demographic security.
Today in Belarus, men's life expectancy is shorter than that of women, while the mortality rate is almost four times higher compared with the EU's average.
How do visually impaired vote at Belarus parliamentary election?
Every citizen in Belarus is entitled the right to vote at the parliamentary election, including people with disabilities. It is clear that in most cases they resort to help of their loved ones, who are allowed to stay close when such people fill out ballot papers. But what if a person wants to vote on his or her own?
Chairman of the Gagarinsky polling station's election commission Sergei Krupsky told the media about how the polling station is prepared to work with such citizens:
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.
Darren from UK: Belarus should be more adapted for people with disabilities
His story began in England’s city of Leeds, and later fate brought him to Malta, Spain, Italy and, finally, Belarus.
Darren:Before I came here, I thought that Belarus is a part of Russia. While living here, I looked at many things differently.
Great Britain and Belarus are not similar. Britain is very dirty and gray compared to clean Belarus. Sceneries are unparalleled!
I would like Belarus to become more adapted for people with disabilities.
District agricultural service stations to be restored in all Belarus' regions
Working trips by the Belarus President will be carried out in a new format. On August 15, the head of state announced approaches that will now be used when visiting regions.
Alexander Lukashenko was in the Brest region today. Here the head of state visited a number of enterprises. The President instructed to restore district agricultural service stations in all regions of Belarus.
Belarusian pilots to donate Army Games prize to orphanage
A few hours ago, a team of air defense and air force of Belarus returned from the International Army Games.
The informal Army Olympics started July 30 and will end this Saturday.
Participating in the competition are 3,000 people from 20 countries.
Belarusian military were represented in 8 competitions - tank and flight crews, sniper pairs, engineering, dog service, assault platoons and others.
President Lukashenko meets labor and social protection minister
The provision of benefits and the settlement of pension issues on August 2 were discussed at a meeting of the President of Belarus with the Minister of Labor and Social Protection.
Among the topics raised were the calculation of civil service term and the calculation of pensions. It concerns those who resigned in connection with the reduction of the Armed Forces in the early 90s. Today, these people cannot switch from those low "military" pensions to labor pensions.
Belarus to support traditional family values at UN GA
Support to the traditional family is an initiative that Belarus intends to discuss at a meeting of the UN General Assembly July 12. Representatives of different countries will gather in New York to discuss approaches to human rights.
In particular, the meeting participants will touch upon the implementation of the sustainable development program of the United Nations until 2030. The international community's action plan for the next 15 years was approved at the seventieth session of the UN General Assembly.
Belarusian GPs now using webcams to get specialists' advice
Interactive medicine goes to remote corners of Belarus. Consultations with the help of video and the Internet, of course, will not replace traditional approaches but in some cases, they are able to significantly accelerate work.
Patient Lyudmila Nazarova has a complex situation and came to her doctor, GP: against the background of diabetes mellitus, an ulcer formed on her leg. Here, one cannot do without the advice of a specialist in this field. The local doctor calls her colleague using a computer and a webcam.
Over 250 Belarusians born on Independence Day July 3
Moms of babies who were born on July 3, which is Belarus Independence Day, accepted congratulations and received gifts. On Independence Day, when the whole of Belarus admired the spectacular parade, sang the national anthem and enjoyed the colorful fireworks, more than 250 children were born. One-fifth of them were born in Minsk.
52 children were born in Minsk on that day. There were more boys than girls. Moms of all children received gifts, which included everything a baby and a mom need in the first days after childbirth.
Belarus Independence Day parade 2016. Full video
The state’s power lies in its ability to predict and pre-empt the danger, said Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko speaking July 3 at the parade to mark Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus.
Celebrations in honor of the Independence Day military parade began with a creative number on Masherov Avenue. More than 350,000 people were spectators and participants of the events. Veterans were of course the main guests of the show.
Medicines in Belarus to become cheaper - Presidential decree
Medicines in Belarus will become cheaper. The Belarus President signed a decree that changed the maximum wholesale and retail markups when forming prices.
Instead of USD, the base amount will be applied. This will reduce the cost of medicines by more than 2% on average.
This measure will increase sales of Belarusian health care products, preserving the break-even operation of pharmacies.
What issues did Belarusians report via hotline during All-Belarusian People's Congress?
2,500 participants of the All-Belarusian People's Assembly have gone home. They took bright impressions, new ideas and... the proverbial delegate's suitcases. The latter caused, I would say, an unhealthy interest from the paparazzi. There are actually no secrets here, nothing sensational. Here it is, this suitcase! It is very likely to be manufactured in Belarus, soft leather... And what was inside?
How will Belarus live in the next five years? Summary of 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly
The 5th All-Belarusian Assembly was extensively covered by television channels and other domestic and foreign media. Some tried to use in-depth analysis while others just slipped on the surface. I remember in this regard an English song translated by Samuil Marshak:
Pussy-cat, Pussy-cat, where have you been?
I’ve been to London to look at the Queen.
Pussy-cat, Pussy-cat, what did you there?
I frightened a little mouse under her chair.
Man and social problems are in focus during 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly
On June 23, delegates of the fifth All-Belarusian National Assembly will continue the debate to discuss the development strategy of Belarus in the coming years.
On June 22, on the sidelines of the Assembly, some members and guests of the event shared their impressions about the large-scale event, which determines the country's future for 2016-2020.
Information minister: We need to go on building new Belarus
Ms Ananich, hello! We are pleased to welcome you. I watched for you from this balcony before the beginning of this meeting, and probably 20 or 30 people came to you and you talked with everyone. It seems that you have enough "backstage talks" here.
Marianna Shchetkina: Support to young families in Belarus is vital for birth rate
The V All-Belarusian People's Assembly has begun in Minsk today. The forum opening ceremony took place at noon. The Belarus President is speaking at the forum.
Alexander Lukashenko is summarizing the prospects of socio-economic development of the country, concerns and ways to address them. The speech also focuses on foreign policy, partnerships with various countries and integration associations with emphasis on trade and economic cooperation. It is expected that the head of state will take part in the second day of the forum too.
Belarus' premier to take part in All-Belarusian People's Congress
Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov has been elected a representative of the 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly. A total of 61 people will represent the Moskovsky district of Minsk. The congress will take place on 22 and 23 June.
This time, 2,500 delegates will participate in the unique forum. Minsk will be represented by 400 people. Among them are representatives of all branches of government, business, science, manufacturing, health care and culture. Various topics also be raised during the meeting.
President of Belarus to visit Italy and the Vatican May 20-21
Alexander Lukashenko on May 20-21 will visit Italy and the Vatican. The program of the visit includes the President's talks with the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella.
The visit will begin on Quirinale - one of the highest of the seven hills of Rome. Here you can find 13 churches and six palaces. But when Italians say Quirinale, they mean the entire state apparatus of the country, like the pair Moscow - the Kremlin. Here is the official residence of Italian President Sergio Mattarella.
Belarus' kids to be protected from harmful information through TV content rating system
Belarusian television and Internet websites will be obliged to label information according to appropriate age limits applied to particular content. Thus, Belarus will protect children from harmful information. Relevant amendments have been made to the laws on children's rights, advertising, the media and others.
Under the changes, all information products must be marked with special signs indicating the age category - 6, 12, 16 and 18+.
87% of Belarusian kids born in officially registered families in 2015
An increasing number of Belarusian families now give birth to a second and third children. In comparison with 2010, the number of second children in families has grown and reached 36.1%. For third and subsequent babies the figure is nearly 16.8%.
By the way, it is namely registered couples that give birth to the majority of young Belarusians. Officially registered couples gave birth to 87% of Belarusian kids in 2015.
What problems did All-Belarusian People's Congresses help resolve?
Another date associated with the Great Patriotic War is 22 of June. 75 years since the beginning of the Great Patriotic War have passed. And on this very day, the All-Belarusian People's Congress is scheduled to open. This will be the fifth such event in the modern history and of course the most important event of the year. You can find a lot of similarities - popular assemblies of Slavic tribes, Skupština (People's Congresses in post-Yugoslavian countries) or the Congresses of the Communi
Belarus' participants of Great Patriotic War to get higher pensions
Veterans of the Great Patriotic War get an old age pension, which is twice as much as the pension that other retirees get. Participants of the Great Patriotic War (part of WWII) and people who became disabled during that war get about 5.5 million rubles.
As many as 14,000 veterans are residing today in Minsk. Besides material support, each of them can count on a full range of social support. In particular, they will be able to get free medications and travel on public transport for free.
Over 4,000 Minsk residents participate in Chernobyl commemorative events
On 26 April, events dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy were held in every Minsk’s neighborhood. As many as four thousand Minsk residents took part in them. Officials, Chernobyl liquidators, the military, and pupils participated as well.
Floral tributes were placed to the memorable signs Victims of Chernobyl and Stone of Peace of Hiroshima in the Park of Friendship of Peoples.
Belarus President calls new economic development program realistic
April 26, the Belarus head of state answered questions from journalists. One of them concerned the holding of the 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly. Alexander Lukashenko called "realistic" the new program of social and economic development of Belarus for the next 5 years.
Belarus government preparing for 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly
At the moment, the Belarus government is holding a meeting of the organizing committee for the 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly. The forum is held every 5 years. During the forum, delegates from all regions of the country discuss the strategy for the future development of Belarus.
This is one of the most important events in the country's life. It allows the delegates to directly participate in public management in Belarus.
Race in support of children with autism in Minsk
Buildings in Minsk in the evening of April 2 turned blue. The new lighting is a sign of support for people with autism. The Belarusian capital will for the first time join the global movement. On the same day, there was held a race in support of special children. The initiative was supported by professionals and amateurs.
Alexander Lukashenko holds meeting on social and fiscal spheres
On March 15, the Belarus president discussed the improving of the efficiency of government agencies, timeliness of salaries payment and job creation at a meeting on some issues of social and fiscal spheres. Taking part in it were officials from the Presidential Administration, the Government, Ministers of Finance and Labour and Social Security. The main task today is the creation of 50,000 jobs. However, all the necessary conditions should be created for this purpose.
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 approved state social protection program for 2016-2020
Belarus has approved the state program on social protection and the promotion of employment designed to run until 2020. The decision is contained in a resolution of the Belarusian Council of Ministers.
The purpose of the program is to improve the efficiency of employment policy and conditions of labor protection as well as create barrier-free environment and ensure social integration of the disabled and the elderly.
Oldest Minsk citizen is 115. Secrets of longevity
Minsk region is a leader in the number of long-livers. There are almost 100 people in the central region of Belarus. The oldest is 115 years old now. Lonely elderly people are served by social workers and, if necessary, they can stay in dormitories and nursing homes for winter.
Sofia Petrovna is more than 90 years old, but woman is still a woman. Every day she wears a beautiful dress, keeps her figure and flirts with the camera crew. As she admits, the main secret of longevity is an active life.
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.
Alexander Lukashenko approves general plan of Minsk’s satellite towns
The Presidential decree set the structure of the satellite towns of Brest, Grodno and Minsk and the regions' complex territorial arrangement.
Only a few years ago, Natalia Yakimchik and her husband's large family was going to move to Grodno to live there permanently. However, with their town of Skidel receiving the satellite status, the family plans changed radically.
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.
Belarus about to start new loan program with IMF
The President would like the government to think about people when resolving production issues and implementing economic policy. On January 11, Alexander Lukashenko met with First Deputy Prime Minister Vasily Matyushevsky to discuss the economic prospects of 2016. The year has just begun, but the government has developed medium-term prospects of achieving sustainable economic growth.
Top law amendments in Belarus in 2015
Some changes are expected in Belarus in 2016. Thus, starting from the 1st of January, minimum salaries were increased. Also, the base amount will become higher along with fines and penalties.
With the beginning of 2016, several amendments to some Belarusian laws came into force.
Firstly, the base amount will stand at BYR210,000 (about 11 USD). It will affect the drivers of vehicles as fines for breaking traffic laws will increase.
Over 11,000 family capital deposit accounts opened in Belarus in 2015
In January-October 2015, more than 11,000 family capital accounts were opened in Belarus. In addition, documents of many parents from large families are still under consideration.
Every family which gives birth to a third and subsequent child will receive financial assistance - $10,000.
Such a measure of support became operational from 1 January 2015 year.
Particular attention to social policies will be paid in 2016, too.
Elderly support and protection system in Belarus by 2019
In the coming three years, Belarus will create a system of protection and support for the elderly, said January 5, the President of Belarus visiting the boarding house for war and labor veterans Svitanak, in the Minsk region.
The issue of rented apartments was raised in this connection. Alexander Lukashenko demanded to bring order in this matter. This is a relevant issue these days since there are cases when the so-called black realtors actually take away apartments from the elderly.
Belarus President promises elderly protection system in three years
The system of protection and support for the elderly should be definitively established for three years, stated President of Belarus on January 5 visiting a home for war and labor veterans Svitanok in the village of Treskovschina, Minsk district.
This social facility was opened on the basis of the resort with the same name, which was renovated from 2004 to 2010. Alexander Lukashenko familiarized himself with the facility and the elderly's living conditions.
“This is Me Who…” billboard project in Minsk
Billboards with the photos of Minsk‘s citizens have recently appeared in Minsk. The Minsk Executive Committee has presented its new social project called “This is Me Who…”. Billboards are featuring the posters with the photos of people from various professions: metro station workers, sound engineers, artists, and creators of street art.
Belarus President visits new maternity hospital in Minsk's City Hospital No.5
Belarus will not spare money when it comes to children and mothers, said today, on December 30, the Belarus President visiting a new maternity hospital on the basis of City Clinical Hospital No5.
It will be the most modern and the largest in the capital. During one year, about 6,000 mothers will give birth to kids here. The latest equipment allows providing specialized care for premature babies and babies with abnormalities.
Infant mortality in Belarus down 2.5 times in 2005-2015
No matter how difficult the economic situation is Belarus will not save on children and mothers, said President Alexander Lukashenko on December 30 during a visit to city clinical hospital No5 in Minsk, BelTA informs.
Alexander Lukashenko noted that, if necessary, in Belarus will reduce funding for public programs.
"But we will never be greedy when it comes to children and those who give birth. We must ensure they have everything," stressed the President.
Minimum salary up in Belarus from January 1, 2016
The minimum salary in Belarus will increase from 1 January 2016. It will stand at BYR2.3 million, reads a resolution of the Belarusian Council of Ministers.
Currently the minimum wage is BYR2.1 million. When calculating this figure, one takes into account the economic possibilities of the budget, workers' needs in material goods, the level of employment and productivity and inflation outlook as well as the average salary in the country.
The minimum salary is indexed to inflation.
State Security Committee gives New Year presents to kids with disabilities
The campaign Our Children continues to give warmth and care to young Belarusians and unites a growing number of those concerned. On December 29, KGB officers visited students of the Minsk center of medical rehabilitation of children with neuropsychiatric diseases. The children prepared a theatrical performance for guests.
Each child received a package of sweets. The KGB also gave the medical institution specialized children's furniture.
Viktor Lukashenko took takes part in campaign Our Children
The campaign Our Children continues to give warmth and care to young Belarusians these days.
These kids are waiting for the New Year holidays like a miracle and waiting for guests. Deputy Prime Minister Anatoly Kalinin became a Santa Claus for these children. He brought them sweets and festive mood. The children prepared a special performance.
Belarus continues pre-New Year charity campaign Our Children
Holiday for each child. Belarus continues the charity marathon Our Children. Politicians, public figures, businessmen and artists are visiting children's homes, hospitals, rehabilitation centers during the winter holidays.
Besides the sweet gifts children, who are without parental care or living in large and low-income families, are also given computer equipment and toys, clothing and footwear, furniture and sports equipment. But most importantly, this is done to surround children with love, care and attention.
Belarusian healthcare system more effective than that of Russia, USA
Belarusian health care system works better than that in the United States and Russia, according to the American agency Bloomberg.
The rankings takes into account 2015 data and includes countries with a population of more than 5 million. The experts also took into account the purchasing power and longevity.
Hong Kong became the leader of the list. In the first five are also Singapore, Israel, Spain and South Korea. Belarus is in 47th position.
Dmitry Lukashenko, with family, visits children's orphanage No.6 in Minsk
On December 26, chairman of the Presidential Sports Club Dmitry Lukashenko visited the capital's children's home No6. Together with his family, he enjoyed the children's New Year performance.
Santa Claus and the magical characters offered kids funny games, showed New Year's performance and, of course, and performed circle dances.
2015 Christmas again reflects interfaith peace in Belarus
Catholics around the world celebrated Christmas on December 25. This is one of the most important religious dates. Church services all over Belarus began late on December 24. The main mass, according to tradition, was held at the Arch-Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The doors of the church are open to everyone, reiterated in his December 25 sermon Metropolitan of Minsk-Mogilev Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Belarus Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz. The Archbishop stressed that Christmas is a common holiday for all Christians.
Belarusian officials give New Year gifts to orphans
Officers of the State Control Committee have visited the Zhdanovichi orphanage as part of the nationwide campaign Our Children on December 24.
Now this facility is home to 30 children with peculiarities of psycho-physical development. Generally these are small children left without parental care.
In honor of the holiday the kids have prepared a colorful New Year's performance with songs, recitals and traditional Christmas dances.
The children were given sweets and a TV set.
Top Belarusian officials take part in New Year charity campaign
The campaign Our Children continues across Belarus. Politicians and public figures, before the winter holidays, traditionally visit orphanages, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers.
Kids from the Republican Center for Children with Disabilities met the guests with a festive program - little snowflakes, small foxes and Snow Maiden.
Every year the rehabilitation center services thousands of children with disabilities. On December 23, the kids were congratulated by the Belarusian Prime Minister and the Minister of Labour and Social Protection.
Alexander Lukashenko: Peace is main wealth of Belarus
The main property and real wealth of Belarus is piece and hardworking people, said on 24 December President Alexander Lukashenko at the New Year charity campaign event Our Children, which is taking place at this moment in the Palace of the Republic.