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1 July 2020

Belarus president signs executive order to address concerns raised during signature collection

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has signed an executive order on additional measures designed to address topical issues in the population’s life, the press service of the Belarusian leader told BelTA.

The document contains measures designed to address the most topical issues raised in the course of collecting voter signatures in support of nominating Aleksandr Lukashenko as a presidential candidate.

The measures target various spheres, including civil engineering, housing and utilities industry, transport, power engineering, employment and social security, healthcare, education, and retail.

The document also reflects the instructions on building homes for military personnel that the head of state gave when he visited Brest Oblast on 22 June.

Reports on fulfilling the executive order will be presented every quarter. The population will be properly informed about the resolution of topical issues. The State Control Committee and the Belarus President Administration will oversee the fulfillment of the executive order.

BelTA has acquired a copy of the document. The Council of Ministers in association with the oblast administrations and the Minsk City Executive Committee has been instructed to implement measures in a number of areas.

Civil engineering, housing and utilities industry, transport, and power engineering

- develop and approve a program on substantially increasing the use of electricity for heating, hot water supply, and cooking, including the expansion of preferential terms for consumers that use electricity to heat their homes or dachas;

- ensure the enabling of the most favorable conditions taking into account world experience for the sake of universal adoption of electric transport in the country;

- improve the procedure for collecting road tax from Belarusian motorists while separating the procedure from the state vehicle safety and emissions inspection procedure;

- ensure timely repairs of streets and roads, the development of road infrastructure, motorway service outlets, beautification of areas, and an integral approach to the replacement of utility systems and beautification features in populated localities, close attention should be paid to construction work near residential houses;

- take into account interests of citizens as much as possible for planning public transport lines;

- organize refurbishment of residential houses in a timely manner;

- ensure proper quality of drinking water, steady water supply, wastewater recycling.

Trade industry

- step up control over prices on the consumer market;

- immediately respond to unwarranted price hikes.

Employment and social security

- put efforts into resolving population employment problems;

- take effective measures to raise salaries in organizations with a low level of labor remuneration;

- maintain effective control over the timely payment of salaries;

- ensure the growth of salaries by means of creating new high-performance jobs.

Healthcare

- continue further implementation of systemic measures to render affordable and quality medical aid to the population;

- ensure the availability of the necessary medications and control over unwarranted price hikes for medications.

Education

- consider the possibility of changing the format of university admission exams for some professions, including easier admission for school graduates with employer-sponsored education contracts;

- consider granting admission preferences to applicants with employer-sponsored education contracts, who seek training for agricultural jobs;

- consider the organization of professional training to acquire the most needed agricultural professions (tractor drivers, milking equipment operators, and other ones) in secondary schools.

Monetary management (in association with the central bank)

- make loans for housing construction and housing acquisition more affordable for all categories of citizens;

- enable cash withdrawal using bank plastic cards and ATMs, including in rural areas.

The executive order also contains specific instructions focusing on various regions. The Council of Ministers and the oblast administrations will be in charge of fulfilling them.

In Brest Oblast

- overhaul and modernize the surgery wing of the Malorita District Hospital;

- build schools and kindergartens in Kobrin and Stolin, a secondary school in the Borovki-2 microdistrict in Baranovichi, and a children daycare center in Zhabinka.

In Vitebsk Oblast

- work out and approve a set of measures to develop Polotsk District in the period till 2025;

- open an infection department in the Polotsk Central Hospital;

- finish the construction of a physical training and recreation complex in Chashniki;

- ensure proper accommodation conditions for kids in the summer camp Yunost of the Lukoml State District Power Plant branch of the Vitebsk Oblast energy company RUP Vitebskenergo.

In Gomel Oblast

- finish the construction of the first stage of the ice palace project in Svetlogorsk;

- open a shop in the agrotown of Yanovo, Vetka District;

- finish the construction of a school in microdistrict No.21 in Gomel.

In Grodno Oblast

- ensure the construction of backup wells, water supply lines, and water deferrization stations in the agrotown of Parkhimovtsy, Berestovitsa District;

- take the necessary measures to reconstruct wastewater treatment facilities, modernize the main sewerage pump stations, reconstruct and build sewage pipes in Lida;

- build a physical training and recreation complex in Slonim.

In Minsk Oblast

- build a children daycare center and a school in Fanipol as well as a school in Stolbtsy;

- build a physical training and recreation complex in Dzerzhinsk;

- build children daycare centers in Lyuban, the agrotown of Mikhanovichi, and the town of Druzhny;

- build a kindergarten and a beginner school in microdistrict No.11 in Molodechno;

- build a new clinic wing of the Nesvizh District Central Hospital;

- build a physical training and recreation complex with a swimming pool in Staryye Dorogi and a swimming pool in Uzda.

In Mogilev Oblast

- do repair and restoration work to preserve the palace and park complex in the village of Zhilichi, Kirovsk District;

- build radiology wing No.3 in the Mogilev Oblast Early Cancer Detection and Treatment Center and an infection wing in Mogilev Hospital No.1;

- build a southwestern bypass road of Mogilev;

- build a school with a swimming pool and a kindergarten with a swimming pool in microdistrict No.7 in Bobruisk.

In association with the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee and the Minsk City Executive Committee

- implement a set of measures to switch Minsk to water supply only from underground sources.

Apart from that, the executive order instructs to work out and approve by the end of 2020 a government program on accomplishing military towns run by the Defense Ministry for the 2021-2025 period.

By the end of 2021 the Brest City Executive Committee will have to plan and finish the construction of a stadium for the 38th Independent Guards Air Assault Brigade using extrabudgetary sources and a residential house for Brest garrison military personnel via a shared-equity construction scheme.

The oblast administrations and the Minsk City Executive Committee are instructed to provide army personnel with state-owned rented apartments in line with Article 111 of the Housing Code.

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