Belarus lifts licensing restrictions on Ukrainian products
On July 24th, the Council of Ministers signed a regulation, which abolished the temporary licensing on goods supply from the CIS countries, signatories to the Free Trade Zone Agreement.
The Belarus’ government was prompted to adopt this resolution due to harsh reciprocal measures against Belarusian goods proposed by Ukraine. In turn, Ukraine is expected to suspend the introduction of ‘special’ duties on Belarusian goods; the assortment of Ukrainian beer and chocolates will expand and prices will go down. However, Belarus will continue using restrictive practices in respect of consumer imports. The main risk is the potential changes in the Ukrainian Government, which could lead to technical problems with the timely abolition of the Ukrainian government’s previous decisions and result in Belarus re-introducing temporary licensing on Ukrainian products.
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.