Government liberalises prices of eggs and some breads
The Economy Ministry regulation of June 26, 2014 No 49, has excluded eggs and some types of bread from the list of socially important goods. This will result in price hikes on these products. This step will result in other prices going up too.
Meanwhile, the financial health of enterprises producing these goods will somewhat improve. The financial health of various producers suggests that the list of socially important goods will continue to shrink in the future. Furthermore, since it is obvious that inflation indicators in 2014 will be higher than planned, the state will continue increasing prices on various groups of goods and services in order to restrain income growth and reduce budget subsidies for lower prices.
The Belarusian authorities regard the Catholic conference as yet another international event to promote Minsk as a global negotiating platform. Minsk’s proposal to organise a meeting between the Roman-Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church is rather an image-making undertaking than a serious intention. However, the authorities could somewhat extend the opportunities for the Roman-Catholic Church in Belarus due to developing contacts with the Catholic world.
Minsk is attempting to lay out a mosaic from various international religious, political and sportive events to shape a positive image of Belarus for promoting the Helsinki 2.0 idea.
Belarus’ invitation to the head of the Holy See for a meeting with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church should be regarded as a continuation of her foreign policy efforts in shaping Minsk’s peacekeeping image and enhancing Belarus’ international weight. The Belarusian authorities are aware that their initiative is unlikely to find supporters among the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. In Russia, isolationist sentiments prevail.
In addition, for domestic audiences, the authorities make up for the lack of tangible economic growth with demonstrations of growth in Minsk’s authority at international level through providing a platform for religious, sportive and other dialogues.