Official Minsk expects Kyiv’s help in normalising Belarus-EU relationship
The Ambassador of Belarus in Ukraine, Valentin Velichko, stated in an interview with the annual scientific journal “Dyplomatic Ukraine” that Belarus supports Ukraine as an integral unitary state within its current constitution which excludes the possibility of federalisation.
Official Minsk is interested in deescalating the situation in the eastern part of Ukraine and settling the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, as well as softening the conflict between the Kremlin and the West which, aside from instability in the region, has already led to negative consequences for the Belarusian economy in the year of the presidential elections. Aside from profitable economic cooperation, the Belarusian authorities hope to normalise their relationship with the European Union with the help of official Kyiv, especially before the May summit of the Eastern Partnership in Riga.
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.