MIL OSI – Source: President of the Republic of Belarus – Press Release/Statement
Headline: Belarus President signs ordinance on population employment assistance measures
25 January 2018
President Alexander Lukashenko signed Ordinance No.1 on 25 January to stipulate
population employment assistance measures. The document is primarily designed
to step up government work in order to help citizens find jobs, encourage
gainful occupations and self-employment of Belarusians.
In order to
reach these goals, the central government is supposed to set forecast
parameters in the area of population employment assistance efforts and compile
a list of territories where the labor market situation is stressful. The
government will also perform a monitoring function, evaluate the quality of and
access to employment assistance services.
In turn, municipal
government agencies are expected to work with every unemployed Belarusian with
a view to finding jobs for them and re-socializing antisocial individuals.
Apart from that, the oblast councils of deputies, the Minsk City Council of
Deputies will be able to spend money of the relevant municipal budgets on
population employment assistance measures in areas with difficult situations on
the labor market.
ordinance does not require able-bodied unemployed Belarusians to pay a fee in
order to finance government spending. The persons who were previously
recognized as the payers of this fee are now exempted from paying it.
ordinance provides for a conceptually new approach which is aimed at
encouraging able-bodied unemployed citizens to seek legal employment. It is
envisaged that such persons will have to pay the full cost of the services
subsidized by the state starting 1 January 2019. The government has been
instructed to compile a list of these services.
A key role
in the implementation of the ordinance is assigned to the municipal government
agencies. To this end, municipal executive and administrative bodies shall set
up standing commissions to promote the employment of citizens.
commissions will include people’s deputies of all levels, municipal government
experts and representatives of public associations. The district-level
commissions will be, as a rule, headed by the chairpersons of the district
councils of deputies.
ordinance gives a broad mandate to the commissions. In particular, they have
the right to allow unemployed working-age citizens not to pay the full cost of
services for a certain period of time if the citizens have a difficult life
In order to
put the ordinance into practice, the government will adopt a number of
resolutions. They will outline the procedure for classifying able-bodied
citizens as unemployed, the list of services provided to such citizens at full
cost, the payment terms for these services, and other matters.
is also expected to take measures to redouble the preventive efforts aimed at
unemployed able-bodied citizens showing antisocial behavior, and also improve
the work of tax authorities to identify and impose taxes on individuals with
ordinance comes into force as of its official publication.