Minsk seeks to preserve positive dynamics in normalization with Western capitals
Last week, Belarusian Foreign Minister Makei met with Ukrainian president Piotr Poroshenko and thanked him for assistance in improving relations with Europe. The Belarusian authorities are also working on organizing a visit of the Holy See head to Minsk, which could consolidate Lukashenka’s peacemaker reputation. Amid periodic conflicts between Minsk and Moscow, Belarusian-European relations remain conflict-free and friendly. The Belarusian government hopes to convert a thaw in political relations with the EU and the US into economic assistance from international organizations.
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.