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15 Mar 2019

Call for taking care of national interests in Belarus-Russia Union State

Call for taking care of national interests in Belarus-Russia Union State

Minsk, 15 March (BelTA) – National interests should certainly be taken into consideration while promoting the Belarus-Russia Union State, Chairman of the Council of the Republic Mikhail Myasnikovich said after Chairman of the Belarusian Constitutional Court Piotr Miklashevich delivered the report on the status of constitutional law in the Republic of Belarus in 2018 to the Belarusian president and the National Assembly, BelTA has learned.

Certain functions of the Constitutional Court are getting more relevant with time, Mikhail Myasnikovich said. In this regard, he deems it necessary to reconcile national and supranational laws while improving the legal framework of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Belarus-Russia Union State. “This is a new function of the National Assembly and the Constitutional Court. We believe that all efforts to promote our key integration projects – the Union State and the EAEU – should proceed from the assumption that sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, constitution and other constituents of statehood should remain intact. While building the Union State, the parties should take decisions by consensus with due consideration for national interests,” the chairman of the Council of the Republic said.

The open and inclusive presentation of the report of the Constitutional Court is an important element of building a democratic state. Senators actively collaborate with the Constitutional Court at all the stages of the legislative process. The upper chamber of the parliament and the Constitutional Court provide feedback for each other’s initiatives. Such cooperation is designed to achieve a set of common goals, like maintaining constitutional law and utilizing the full potential of the constitution, Mikhail Myasnikovich said.

Belarus is an established country that has a say in the global decision-making. Belarusian people can be proud of their relevant and comprehensive legislation. “However, things are changing. Evolutionary transformations are taken into consideration in the legislative process. Today, the development of the national legislation goes hand in hand with the trends outlined in the report of the Constitutional Court: humanization of the regulatory environment, an increasing role of self-regulation, digitalization of various spheres of public relations, integration with national legal systems of other states,” Mikhail Myasnikovich said.

Starting from 2019 Belarusian laws will embrace certain novelties. One of them is predictive analytics that will help understand how law affects the way businesses operate. Apart from that, legislators now use the package principle of drafting laws, which allows expanding direct effect of laws and cutting down on the amount of agency-level rulemaking. Academic evaluation is another important legal instrument to meet social needs.

Mikhail Myasnikovich recalled that at the 2nd Congress of Scientists in December 2017 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko suggested establishing a system of comprehensive humanitarian evaluation of the most important legal initiatives and bills. This evaluation will assess legal initiatives not only from the regulatory point of view, but also from the point of view of sociology, psychology, culture and traditions of the society. The Council of the Republic jointly with other government stakeholders and the National Academy of Sciences has already charted approaches to translating this idea into practice.

In conclusion, the speaker recalled that Article 2 of the constitution provides that a person, their rights, freedoms and the guarantees of their application are the highest value and ultimate goal of the society and the state. “The common goal of all the branches of government is to create conditions for free and decent personal growth. This is the pillar of stability and sustainable development for the benefit of people,” Mikhail Myasnikovich concluded.

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