Belarusian government counts on Poroshenko’s help on Western front
Belarus’ President Lukashenko has congratulated Poroshenko on his election as Ukraine’s President.
Belarus’ authorities are interested in developing trade and economic relations with Ukraine and count on Kiev’s assistance in advancing their interests in Brussels – they hope to repeat the 2008-2010 Belarusian-European dialogue, which at one time was assisted by ‘revolutionary’ President Yushchenko. However, Belarusian-Ukrainian political relations will be hampered by the Russo-Ukrainian confrontation, in which Belarus will strive to adhere to a balanced position.
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.