New Belarusian government described as fit for combat, in need of new work style
The composition of the government is absolutely fit for combat but the work style and methods need a bit of tweaking. The statement was made by Roman Golovchenko, who was appointed Belarus’ prime minister on 4 June. The statement was made as the prime minister was introduced to heads of government agencies and personnel of the Office of the Council of Ministers, BelTA has learned. Roman Golovchenko thanked the head of state for the trust. He noted that this trust was a payment in...
Belarus-EU visa facilitation agreement may come into force on 1 July
The Belarus-EU agreements on visa facilitation and readmission may come into force on 1 July, if the EU notifies Belarus about the completion of the ratification procedure by the end of May, BelTA learned from Andrei Shuplyak, Deputy Head of the Information and Digital Diplomacy Office of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “We welcome this step of the European Union and expect to receive the official notification about the completion of the ratification procedure in the...
Lukashenko signs decree to increase support for some population groups
Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has signed a decree “On social support for certain population groups,” BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader. In line with the decree, starting from 1 January 2021, if a woman gives birth to four kids, her maternity leave will be included in her employment history provided that the maternity leave does not exceed 12 years in total (9 years now). These women will be granted retirement pensions if their employment...
European Parliament approves visa agreements with Belarus
The European Parliament has approved the agreements on visa facilitation and readmission with Belarus, BelTA reports. At the European Parliament session that was broadcast online, the majority of EP members voted in favor of both documents. The agreements will be forwarded to the Council of the European Union for signing. After that Belarus and the EU will be able to exchange the instruments of ratification and thus complete the ratification procedure. The agreements will come into...
Lukashenko, Putin discuss entire range of most topical matters in Belarus-Russia relations
Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko talked to President of Russia Vladimir Putin over the phone on 5 May. The two heads of state discussed the entire range of the most topical matters of the bilateral relations, the press service of the Belarusian leader told BelTA. Among other things the conversation touched upon preparations for celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory and interaction within the framework of integration bodies. In particular, certain matters concerning...
Victory Day parade in Minsk on 9 May to feature 36 aircraft, helicopters
As many as 36 aircraft and helicopters combined into nine groups will fly over Minsk on 9 May. The first rehearsal of the flyby took place above the water reservoir Minsk Sea on 29 April, BelTA has learned. The Air Force units that will participate in the parade will include jet fighters Su-30SM and MiG-29, combat and training aircraft Yak-130, combat and training aircraft L-39, military transport aircraft IL-76 and An-26, and Mi-24 and Mi-8MTV5 helicopters. According to...
Coronavirus projected to start fading in Belarus in 3-4 weeks
The number of coronavirus cases is expected to start falling in 3-4 weeks, Natalya Zhukova, Deputy Health Minister - Chief Public Health Inspector of Belarus, told the ONT TV channel, BelTA has learned. “The situation will not be over in 2-3 weeks. However, I would like to note that the situation is manageable. There are reasons to believe that the number of cases will start falling in 3-4 weeks,” Natalya Zhukova said. She explained that the Healthcare Ministry is closely...
Lukashenko: Economy, people’s lives are top priorities
The economy and people’s lives are top priorities, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the government conference held on 7 April to discuss oil deliveries to Belarus, BelTA has learned. “Having an open economy, Belarus largely depends on the processes which are going on in the world. Events sometimes unravel in an ambiguous way. Therefore, I have planned a number of events concerning pending issues requiring paramount attention and having the biggest impact on our...
Lukashenko congratulates Putin on Belarus-Russia Unity Day
Chairman of the Supreme State Council of the Belarus-Russia Union State, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko congratulated Russia's President Vladimir Putin on the Day of Unity of the Peoples of Belarus and Russia, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader. “Integration within the framework of the Union State made Belarus-Russia cooperation more meaningful, created a good foundation to promote efficient economic and social development of our countries,” the...
UPDATE 1-EAEU countries told to arrange prompt consultations on COVID-19 restrictions
The Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission would like governments of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) member states to arrange prompt consultations on the restrictions they intend to introduce due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BelTA learned from the commission’s website. Governments of the EAEU member states are advised to promptly arrange preliminary consultations at the level of members of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission to discuss draft regulatory acts on...
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