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Belarus parliament's autumn session to focus on next year's state budget bill

MINSK (BelTA) – Deliberations about the 2015 state budget bill will be the key item on the agenda of the forthcoming session of the Belarus parliament, BelTA learned from Vladimir Andreichenko, Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus at the session of the Council of the House of Representatives on 30 September.

The Speaker reminded that careful approach to forming the budget had been emphasized at the latest meeting of parliamentarians with the Belarus president. “It is necessary to spend money only on necessary things, on things that will recoup investments tomorrow. It is from this point of view that we should discuss the document,” stressed the MP.

The autumn session of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly is scheduled to start on 2 October. “It will be quite intense because 60 items are already being discussed in the House of Representatives. Many of them are quite complicated and needed a lot of work. We have been working together with the government and the experts. Some bills have been submitted for public hearings,” said the Speaker.

In his words, the Eurasian Economic Union Treaty will be one of the important documents. “There are still a number of issues that need to be discussed before we can get down to ratification. But I think that in the near future we should discuss it and ratify it,” noted Vladimir Andreichenko.

Apart from that, the lower chamber of the Belarus parliament is supposed to discuss the Forestry Code, amendments to the Criminal Code, the bill on energy saving and other things. The Speaker also mentioned that parliamentary hearings about public private partnership will also take place as part of the autumn session.

In turn, Gennady Gritskevich, Chairman of the State Construction, Local Self-Government, and Regulation Commission of the House of Representatives, specified that 35 bills are already prepared for the autumn session and have been put on the agenda. “We intend to give the first reading to 13 bills, the second reading to nine bills, and ratify international agreements as 12 items on the agenda. Personnel matters are traditionally part of the agenda,” said the MP.