Tusk as EU head will mean more attention to Belarus from Brussels, predict Belarus’ authorities and opposition
President Alexander Lukashenko congratulated Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on his election as President of the European Council.
The Belarusian authorities believe that Tusk’s appointment will enhance Polish influence on the EU foreign policy towards Belarus, which is undergoing a transformation – from dishing out harsh sanctions, to finding opportunities for a dialogue amid a growing security threat in the East European region from the Kremlin. The Belarusian opposition hopes that Tusk as EC President will increase the EU’s attention towards Belarus, including boosting support for civil society and greater attention to security in the East European region.
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.