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Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has signed presidential decree No.214 to adjust the operation of the Security Council of the Republic of Belarus, BelTA has learned.

The decree stipulates new provisions on the Security Council and its working body – the State Secretariat of the Security Council.

In addition to updating the provisions that regulate the operation of the Security Council the decree is aimed at enhancing the Security Council's role in protecting independence, territorial integrity, sovereignty, and the constitutional system of Belarus, in maintaining civil peace and accord in the country, counteracting extremism and fighting against terrorism.

The presidential decree identifies the development of proposals for the head of state to make decisions on the home policy and the foreign one in order to ensure national security and realize national interests as the main mission of the Security Council. All the tasks and functions of this collegial body stem from the main mission.

The new provision on the Security Council fully incorporates the norms specified by Ordinance No.2 on protecting the sovereignty and the constitutional system of 9 May 2021. The State Secretariat will provide informational, analytical, legal, organizational, and technical support for the work of the head of state, the Security Council in the sphere of national security.

Apart from that, the composition of the Security Council has been revised. Its permanent members now include the head of the State Control Committee and the prosecutor general.

Source: БелТА

An acceptance commission led by Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Nazarov has signed a certificate, which states the first unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant has been accepted for commercial operation, BelTA has learned.

The commission's decision relies on positive conclusions of oversight bodies and the provisional commission of the Belarusian nuclear power plant as well as the first unit commercial operation license granted by the Emergencies Ministry.

The acceptance commission includes representatives of the Energy Ministry, the Emergencies Ministry, the State Standardization Committee of Belarus, the Architecture and Construction Ministry, the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Ministry, the Healthcare Ministry, the Internal Affairs Ministry, the Grodno Oblast administration, the national energy company Belenergo, and representatives of the Russian companies ASE, Atomstroyexport, and Atomtechenergo. The relevant specialists and scientists have also contributed to the commission's work.

Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Nazarov said: “The Belarusian nuclear power plant project is important for the country's economy and from the point of view of cooperation within the framework of the Union State of Belarus and Russia. Not only economic results but the competences we are acquiring are important. I'd like to express deep gratitude to our Russian partners.” In his words, the second unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant is supposed to be commissioned next year.

Rosatom First Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy Aleksandr Lokshin mentioned the importance of cooperation with the Belarusian side for Rosatom. “The construction of the second unit is always easier than the construction of the first one because there is already a tight-knit team, experience, and skills. We have no doubt that a solemn event to commission the second unit will take place in one year,” he stressed.

A large amount of work was done before the commercial operation stage. The readiness of the plant and equipment for handling the heat and electric output had to be checked. The necessary tests and trial runs were arranged. The personnel had to be trained.

At present the unit is operating at the nominal output capacity of the reactor unit. Since it was connected to the power grid, it has generated nearly 3 billion kWh of electricity.

The Russian generation III+ design AES-2006 was chosen for building the Belarusian nuclear power plant. It meets international requirements and recommendations of the International Atomic Energy Agency in addition to boasting increased safety parameters. As many as 36 construction companies have helped build the Belarusian nuclear power plant. The number of construction workers working at the site peaked at 8,500 people.

 The Energy Ministry press service said: “In the years of implementation of the national nuclear energy program Belarus made serious steps on the way towards forming a system of nuclear and radiation safety and its crucial components, including the creation of the relevant legal base, the construction and operation of a protection and response system, personnel training, systematic interaction with leading international organizations. The construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant is a massive project that drives the development of many branches of the economy, facilitates the large-scale introduction of modern technologies at production sector enterprises, secures the creation of new jobs, and creates additional capabilities for raising living standards.”

Source: БелТА

Belarusian food exports to the Asian region have increased 13 times in the past five years, Belarusian Deputy Agriculture and Food Minister Aleksei Bogdanov said at the Belarusian-Asian Forum, which took place in the Belarusian embassy in Moscow on 9 June, BelTA has learned.

“The Asian region is really one of the most promising. Due to a large population, the countries cannot feed themselves and will always be net importers,” Aleksei Bogdanov. “We have been working on the Asian continent for many years. Belarusian food products have gained their presence there. Over the past five years we have increased food deliveries 13 times. Last year deliveries reached $356 million, and the product range was wide. In January-April of this year we already exported food for $167 million, which was up by 60% year-on-year. We supplied a wide range of dairy and meat products, sugar, flax fiber, rapeseed oil and other products. And, of course, we will be working to access more markets. Currently, it is 37 countries in the Asian region. We also plan to expand the range of products we supply."

According to the deputy minister, such events as the Belarusian-Asian Forum that has drawn a lot of diplomats of Asian states, contribute to increasing the supply and recognition of Belarusian goods in the region.

The Belarusian-Asian Forum seeks to showcase Belarus' export potential, establish business contacts, and exchange views on the state and prospects of trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and Asian countries. The event has brought together Asian diplomats working in the embassies accredited in Russia and concurrently in Belarus that have neither representative offices in Minsk nor embassies of Belarus at home. They include ambassadors, chiefs of diplomatic missions, and other diplomats of Indonesia, Yemen, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, Afghanistan, Laos, and the Philippines.

Representatives of Asian countries are told about possible forms of cooperation with Belarusian industrial enterprises, export financing of joint projects, Belarus' capacities in agriculture, and the work of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in enhancing cooperation with partners on the Asian market.

Source: БелТА

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has donated the vaccine against coronavirus to Belarus. The plane with the medication on board arrived in Minsk on 9 June, BelTA learned from the Telegram-channel of the Belarusian Healthcare Ministry.

Самалёт з гуманітарнай дапамогай

At Minsk-2 Airport the important cargo (about 10,000 vaccine doses) was received by chief doctor of the National Medical Response Center Eduard Valchuk and Charge d'Affaires of the UAE in Belarus Mohammed Alshehhi. According to Eduard Valchuk, today the vaccine is needed all over the world, and Belarus is no exception. “A friendly step of solidarity is important for our country,” said the chief doctor.

The Chinese inactivated Sars-CoV-2 Vero Cell vaccine, which arrived in Belarus, has now been approved for use in more than 10 countries in addition to China. They are the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Hungary, and others.

Source: БелТА

It is necessary to better inform people about the work being done and problems being resolved at the local level. There will be fewer questions and fewer speculations then. Chairwoman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Natalya Kochanova made the statement during an expanded-participation offsite session of the Council of the Republic's Presidium, BelTA has learned. The session took place on 4 June to discuss how well the Minsk District Executive Committee and the Minsk District Council of Deputies work with queries of individuals and corporations.

At the beginning of the session Natalya Kochanova explained that Minsk District had been selected because it is the largest one in Minsk Oblast and has certain peculiarities due to its proximity to the capital. The day before Natalya Kochanova and other senators had met with people in various rural councils and had made sure that municipal authorities can and should handle about 70% of the questions and complaints submitted by citizens. She said she had liked the meeting because some of the people had come forward with proposals and ideas.

According to Natalya Kochanova, interests of the individual should top everything else. It is necessary to work with people, know how to listen to people, and see their needs. The successful work of any executive depends on it, the senator stressed. The attitude of people to the government system as a whole depends on how citizens' questions and complaints are handled at the local level, she said.

Members of both chambers of the Belarusian parliament, representatives of the Minsk Oblast Council of Deputies, and heads of enterprises were also invited to attend the session for the sake of ensuring the effective handling of citizens' questions and complaints. Natalya Kochanova encouraged those present to share proposals regarding the amendment of the law on citizens' queries and other initiatives. A number of proposals were put forward.

For instance, it is inadvisable to install deferrization stations in small villages in order to resolve the problem of quality of drinking water. But deferrization devices, which can be installed in wells, have already been developed. They have to go through the certification process. “Certainly, if it helps resolve the problem, we should help the developers implement this manufacturing project,” Natalya Kochanova said.

On the whole, the head of the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament upholds the view that deputies, who are closest to people, should come up with more initiatives. “The deputy corps should play a more prominent role in handling citizens' questions and complaints,” she said.

In 2020 the Minsk District Executive Committee received a total of 5,146 questions and complaints from citizens (17% up from 2019) and 7,119 questions and complaints from corporations (4% up). The 20% increase in queries sent to the economy office of the Minsk District Executive Committee was caused by the enforcement of Belarus president decree No.143 on support for the economy. Legal persons and self-employed businessmen asked for preferences for paying the real estate tax and the land tax.

According to Chairman of the Minsk District Executive Committee Vladimir Yurgevich, the number of digital queries increased. “Queries were sent by regular mail probably by those, who do have Internet access or do not use the Web,” he added.

In January-May 2021 the Minsk District Executive Committee received 497 queries by regular mail (21% down from January-May 2020), 987 digital ones (31% up), 622 queries from higher authorities (9% down), and 12 repeated queries (47% down).

According to Natalya Kochanova, the fact that citizens keep sending queries regardless of how well the authorities handle them is not a malfunction in the system. “It is life. People will keep contacting the authorities about various matters. It is unavoidable,” she is convinced. “Our job is to promptly and effectively address the incoming questions at the local level.”

Natalya Kochanova believes that a lot had already been done for the sake of comfortable life of the people but it is not always obvious. “It is necessary to work very precisely with people, explain, better inform them about what is being done in their area with regard to beautification, housing repairs, the operation of the healthcare system and the education system. The better informed people will be, the fewer questions and speculations they will have,” she said.

Source: БелТА

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