In Q3 2015 Belarusian government will step up control over timely payment of wages
In late July 2015, wage arrears decreased by 19.6% or by BYR 80.8 billion compared with the beginning of the month. In view of measures aiming to stimulate the economy and the upcoming harvesting campaign, wage arrears in agriculture and industry would continue to decrease. Meanwhile, the state controllers will enhance control over timely provision of data regarding wage arrears and increase the number of unscheduled inspections at enterprises. If a state enterprise fails to repay debts on wages due to the lack of funds, it may receive a loan from the state in order to pay wages to workers.
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.