Minsk hopes for Warsaw’s support in signing basic agreement with EU
Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski will make an official visit to Minsk next week. Minsk hopes to expand pragmatic cooperation by offering Polish business an entry point to the Eurasian market. The Belarusian authorities also hope for Warsaw’s support in adopting the framework agreement between the EU and Belarus, re-inclusion in the EU general system of trade preferences and the WTO accession. Minsk has recently tried to avoid tension with the Polish minority, and looks forward to Warsaw softening its rhetoric on this issue. Besides traditional issues of economic cooperation the Belarusian authorities are likely to insist that Warsaw abandons its attempts to influence domestic political situation in Belarus, ie to support the Belarusian opposition and independent media, the largest of which broadcast from Poland (BelSAT, radio Racyja).
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.