Belarusian authorities hope to ease tension around NPP construction
On February 24th, 2017, in response to Angela Merkel statement and earlier statement by Lithuanian Seimas Speaker Viktoras Prantsketis, Belarusian Energy Minister Vladimir Potupchik promised that Belarus would present the results of stress tests at the Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant to the European Commission. That said, Belarus’s proposal to provide the results of the stress-tests processed by the State Nuclear Supervisory Authority is not exactly a symmetrical response to Merkel’s proposal to allow international inspectors at the NPP construction site. By providing the stress-test report to the EC, the Belarusian authorities aim to ease tension around the nuclear power plant, but this step is unlikely to be enough to claim transparency of the construction.
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.