Due to focused pressure, Belarusian civil society is gradually transforming government attitudes
Following a petition launched by the Centre for Legal Transformation and the Assembly of NGOs, the Tax Ministry has abandoned the practice of involuntary closure of institutions. Organized pressure groups have been successful in defending public interests on some issues not immediately related to politics and which do not jeopardize the political leadership. Apparently, the authorities could gradually and carefully chose civil society interests to incorporate in the state policy, especially in relation to most controversial issues.
According to Belstat, in August 7,600 people were dismissed, including 4,800 civil servants. Dismissals of civil servants were due to the optimisation in the public administration by up to 30%. Some civil servants would retain their job however would lose the status of a civil servant. Vacancies on the labour market are likely to reduce in number, thanks to the optimisation, the state administration would increase wages for public servants. The payroll fund for retained employees is likely to increase and some former state employees are likely to get jobs in affiliated organizations. The optimisation of the state apparatus should complete by January 1st, 2018, and some former civil servants are likely to join the ranks of the unemployed.