Mediating and peacemaking efforts still bring political benefits to Belarus
Russia has asked Belarus to represent her interests in the Joint Consultative Group on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. In addition, Belarus has confirmed her readiness to become a platform for the final stage of negotiations, as well as for the final peace conference to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The Belarusian authorities seek to anchor as a regional negotiation platform and a mediator-peacemaker in the international public space, which, they believe, will enable them to dictate their terms in Belarus-EU relations. In addition, official Minsk aims to balance its foreign policy so that it ensures greater independence from the Kremlin.
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.