Belarus hopes West will soften its positions unconditionally
The Belarusian authorities refused to participate in the two-day Eastern Partnership Summit in Prague. Amid growing confrontation between Russia and the West, Belarus anticipates that the EU will soften its positions unconditionally as regards the Belarusian authorities. Belarus also stakes on her increasingly important role in the region and on her balanced position. Simultaneously, Belarusian leadership fears a nervous reaction from the Kremlin to their participation in the EAP Summit, where Ukraine is at the top of the agenda. The Belarusian government is not willing to become involved in a confrontation between the West and Russia and is saving room for manoeuvre between Ukraine and the Kremlin.
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.