President Alexander Lukashenko guarantees the preservation of the status quo in terms of the distribution of public funds to the nomenclature
President Alexander Lukashenko signed the Law ‘On the Fight against Corruption’ and the government adopted an action plan to implement President’s directive No. 2 on the de-bureaucratisation of the state apparatus and improving the quality of life of the population. While the election campaign is being launched, the head of the state is trying to secure the populist image of the ‘people’s president’ in public space: the president who conducts anti-corruption struggle against the bureaucratic apparatus; rhetoric which was often repeated during the first half of his rule. However, at the same time, President Alexander Lukashenko signed the Law of the Republic of Belarus ‘On Amendments and Additions to the Law of the Republic of Belarus ‘On Handling the Complaints of Citizens and Legal Entities’. This law introduces additional barriers, including repressive ones, for citizens in regards to their engagement with the bureaucratic apparatus and reduces the public’s ability to influence decisions taken by the officials. As a result, Belarusian society is still incapable of influencing the formation of state policy and exercising control over the distribution of public funds.
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.