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26 Mar 2020

Work on Belarus central state budget bill for 2021 to begin soon

Work on Belarus central state budget bill for 2021 to begin soon
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MINSK, 26 March (BelTA) – Work on the draft central state budget for the year 2021 and on amendments to tax regulations will begin soon, BelTA learned from Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko on 26 March.

Vladimir Andreichenko described work on the budget bill as the most important direction in the parliament’s work. “The development of the republican budget for the year 2021 and amendments to the tax legislation will begin soon. The relevant commissions will have to actively get involved in this work and make their own contributions. The other MPs should not sit idle as well,” he said.

Vladimir Andreichenko

The speaker called for discussing the existing problems and possible initiatives, including with representatives of municipal authorities and individual enterprises. “All the ideas should be feasible and looked into in the course of developing the budget for 2021,” he stressed.

The spring session of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus will begin on 2 April. Parliamentarians will have to do some serious and intensive work. Vladimir Andreichenko noted that MPs had already become involved in the lawmaking process. As a result, more than half of the bills brought into the lower chamber of the Belarusian parliament – 36 out of 64 – have been prepared, added to the draft agenda, and will be discussed in the Oval Hall during the next few sessions. The other bills are being worked on in compliance with the session schedule.

The speaker said: “We have to pay close attention to the bills that the population and commercial entities are most interested in. Those are bills on business entities, trade and public catering, advertising, rights of people with disabilities and their social integration, a number of bills concerning healthcare.”

Work on such documents should be accompanied by serious expert evaluations, discussions with representatives of public associations, the business community, by an analysis of the established practice in applying the law, the head of the lower chamber of the parliament reminded. It is necessary to take into account opinions and wishes of citizens, which MPs accumulate when they work in their constituencies.

A number of practice-oriented events such as seminars, roundtable sessions, and offsite sessions are scheduled to take place in the parliament in the next few months. “Such events should result not only in discussions but concrete proposals, recommendations, which may become the foundation for our further work,” Vladimir Andreichenko emphasized.

On 26 March the Council of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly discussed not only matters relating to the spring session but also the creation of the Belarusian parliament’s working group on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Belarus. A regulation on working groups on cooperation with foreign parliaments and on the Belarusian parliament’s delegations to international parliamentary organizations was passed. The establishment of the Belarusian parliament’s working group on affairs of expatriate communities was also discussed.

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