Housing construction costs under governmental contracts tied to average wage
The cost of housing construction per square metre within public procurement orders will be limited by the nominal average monthly wage value, multiplied by 1.2 on the commissioning date.
With this measure, the government aims to optimise social housing costs, since saved funds will remain at the customer’s disposal. Customers will be able to calculate their financial capabilities in terms of housing construction, the state will improve budget forecasting with regard to subsidised housing construction, and practices, when construction costs were recalculated during commissioning, will be eliminated. These new rules for subsidised housing construction will be actively used in the regions, due to lower construction cost.
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.