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3 Oct 2016

Belarus parliament’s upper chamber’s final session to look into over 20 bills

MINSK, 3 October (BelTA) – During the twelfth session of the fifth convocation the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus intends to look into over 20 bills, BelTA learned from Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich on 3 October.

According to the source, the number includes the central state budget bill for 2017, amendments to the Tax Code, and budgets of two extra-budgetary state funds.

The upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament is busy working to implement the main provisions of the 2016-2020 social and economic development program, which were approved by the fifth Belarusian People’s Congress. An expanded participation session of the Presidium of the Council of the Republic took place on 24 August to discuss the implementation of priority social and economic development avenues of the country: investments, employment, export, informatization, and youth. A rough list of 129 bills has been developed. Their adoption will allow implementing the tasks set by the country’s president and the fifth Belarusian People’s Congress. It will also allow systematizing the legal base and enabling the necessary legal conditions for Belarus’ effective development.

The twelfth session of the fifth convocation will be the final one for the current Council of the Republic.

On 7 October Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is expected to meet with members of the Council of the Republic and members of the current and new lower chamber of the Belarusian parliament.

Summing up accomplishments of the current upper chamber of the parliament, Mikhail Myasnikovich said that a total of 414 bills had been passed. Most of them were designed to ensure enhance the country’s economic potential.

Apart from legislative efforts the Council of the Republic worked hard to improve the performance of municipal self-government agencies. Sessions, seminars, practical workshops were held with members of municipal councils of deputies. A large number of issues were discussed and decisions were made to bolster the economic potential of the regions, improve the business environment, raise investments and additional revenues for the state budget, ensure employment, and create new jobs, improve living standards in individual areas.

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