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19 January 2017
The Belarusian law-making process is compliant with constitutional principles and rules, BelTA learned from Presiding Judge of the Constitutional Court of Belarus Piotr Miklashevich on 18 January. Piotr Miklashevich made the statement after announcing the final part of the address Belarus' Constitutional Court had prepared to outline the state of constitutional legitimacy in Belarus in 2016 for the head of state and the parliament. Bearing in mind the rule of law and constitutional...
11 January 2017
The list of the countries whose citizens are eligible to enter Belarus visa-free for a period of up to five days may be extended, Igor Fisenko, Head of the Central Consular Office of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told a press briefing at BelTA's press center on 10 January. The list currently features 80 countries, and so far there are no plans to extend it. Still, Igor Fisenko noted that the practice may be further developed based on the results of the implementation of the...
3 January 2017
Another year of the 3rd millennium passes into history. The year was complicated, bright and eventful. For some people 2016 was a sad and sorrowful year because of the loss of a family member or a friend, some people might have failed to achieve their goals. Others had to deal with family or professional issues. But I am convinced that 2016 was a joyful and happy year for the majority of people. It was a good year because they loved, had fun at weddings starting a new life, smiled...
30 December 2016
The main idea of the Year of Culture in the outgoing 2016 was the promotion of culture in the broadest sense. A number of new projects and initiatives in the field of culture were characterized by an innovative approach. Let's recall some of them. 1. Launch of several contests The contest "Man of the Year of Culture" will determine the best professionals in the field of culture. The Bela-thon competition is aimed at developing and popularizing the best traditions of the Belarusian...
23 December 2016
The Christmas Charity Book Ball has become a good tradition, Belarus' Information Minister Lilia Ananich said at the opening of the book auction on 21 December, BelTA has learned. According to the minister, the project is an integral part of the nationwide charity campaign Our Children, which is held every year in the run-up to the New Year. The Christmas book ball traditionally features the best samples of the national publishing industry. It is all the more important to see Belarusian...
14 December 2016
The plan to guide the operation of the Council of Ministers and the Presidium of the Council of Ministers of Belarus in H1 2017 has been adopted, BelTA learned from the website of the Belarusian government. The decision is laid down by the Council of Ministers' executive order No. 1010 of 9 December 2016. In particular, sessions of the Council of Ministers will be held to review results of Belarus' social and economic development in 2016 and in January-March 2017. Sessions of the...
7 December 2016
The Belarusian Interior Ministry intends to start working out a national migration policy concept in 2017, BelTA learned from the Ministry's website. An international meeting of experts is scheduled to take place in Minsk on 7-8 December to discuss migration and shelter matters. As the agency in charge of coordinating the operation of government agencies in migration affairs the Belarusian Interior Ministry intends to start working out the concept of the national migration policy in...
2 December 2016
Belarus will host the European Sports Chanbara Championship in 2019, Chairman of the Belarusian Spochan Federation, head coach of the Belarusian national sports chanbara team Andrei Kalistov told BelTA. "The 42nd World Sports Chanbara Championship in Tokyo gathered 1,500 athletes from 26 countries. It was the first world-level event that Belarus took part in. Maria Tatarinova won the 5Q Kodachi (short sword) silver. The schedule of the forthcoming tournaments was revised at the...
23 November 2016
A project office has been established in Belarus for the purpose of developing the country's export. The relevant decision is stipulated by the prime minister's executive order No. 505p of 21 November 2016, the press service of the Belarusian government told BelTA. The project office has been established to improve the financial and legal base for developing Belarus-Russia foreign trade, including with third countries. The office will be run by First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus...
16 November 2016
A law on organic food may come into force in Belarus in 2017, BelTA learned from Belarusian Agriculture and Food Minister Leonid Zayats on 15 November. The law may start working in November 2017, said the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Minister. The official explained that plans had been made to determine the term "organic food". "We have to decide what organic food is. We should decide whether the term applies to meat products or agricultural products and we should extend state...