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31 Mar 2016

Belarus-Russia forum of regions praised as productive idea

MOSCOW, 31 March (BelTA) – The idea to organize a forum of regions of Belarus and Russia was a productive one, BelTA learned from State Secretary of the Union State of Belarus and Russia Grigory Rapota at a press conference in Moscow on 31 March.

Grigory Rapota remarked that two forums of the kind have already been held: the first one took place in Minsk while the other one was held in Sochi. The third one is scheduled to take place in Belarus this summer.

According to Grigory Rapota, the forthcoming forum will focus on social matters. In particular, plans have been made to discuss problems relating to healthcare services available to Belarusian citizens in Russia and Russian citizens in Belarus. Matters of pensions will be discussed taking into account the possible increase in the retirement age. “It is important to harmonize these processes from the legislative point of view. It is a huge chunk of interaction, including transfer of pensions between the two countries and so on,” said the official. Apart from that, participants of the forum are expected to discuss problems of the common education space and cultural ties.

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