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26 Jul 2018

Belarus to draw up code of civil servant

MINSK, 26 July (BelTA) – Plans are in place to develop a code or charter of a civil servant in Belarus, Head of the Belarus President Administration Natalya Kochanova told the media in Minsk on 26 July, BelTA has learned.

“We have a law on civil service. Additions and amendments are made to it as planned. The law is in for revision this year. But today we were set the task to draw up a charter of a civil servant or a code of sorts. It makes sense to formalize all requirements in a single document,” Natalya Kochanova noted.

During the meeting held to consider a range of issues in the public service on 26 July, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko suggested toughening the requirements for civil servants before taking measures to raise the prestige of civil service. “If you came to me to ask to increase salaries of civil servants, do not even raise the issue. It was settled once and for all,” the president said.

The meeting participants agreed there was a need to review the law on public service and to draw up a kind of charter or code of a civil servant. Alexander Lukashenko stressed that this document should be absolutely fair and transparent and very specific so that any person, even not related to public service, will understand the essence of this legislation.

According to Natalya Kochanova, such a charter or a code should help people wishing to join the civil service understand how responsible this job is, what advantages it has and whether they are ready to make part of it.

During the meeting a decision was made to set up a working group (not consisting of civil servants) to consider the issues and introduce proposals.

The president said that all the documents under discussion should be ready within the coming months and come into effect at the start of 2019.

“The current tasks are addressed mostly by people who are now working in the civil service, national government bodies. Therefore, while discussing the prestige of the civil service and its preferences, first of all, it is crucial to consider the ways to toughen requirements to people working in government bodies today. The state service is akin to the military service, and people should understand that this means not just some privileges, but, first of all, service to the motherland and people,” Natalya Kochanova stressed.

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