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Belarus parliament to focus on broader ties with RF, 2012 budget

October 03, 2011, 7:05 UTC+3

The republican budget for the next year is seeking to keep a sustainable economic growth and to make the life level higher on this basis

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MINSK, October 3 (Itar-Tass) —— A broader partnership with Russia and a republican budget for 2012 will be high on the agenda of an autumn session of the Belarussian parliament that will open here on Monday. More than 60 bills are already put on the agenda and another 30 bills are pending the debates in the House of Representatives, the lower house of Belarussian parliament.

“The republican budget for the next year is seeking to keep a sustainable economic growth and to make the life level higher on this basis. We together with the government are guided by the realities and economic capacities in the settlement of all budgetary issues,” the speaker of the lower house of Belarussian parliament Vladimir Andreichenko said.

Essentially important documents on the economic agenda of the autumn parliamentary session are the bills on state innovative policy, economic insolvency and a draft housing code, he noted.

The Belarussian parliament will take several integration decisions, which will build up the legal basis for cooperation between the Common Economic Space states – Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, as well as economic partnership between Belarus and Russia. The agreement, which was signed by the member-countries of the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space to set forth the procedure of special protective, antidumping and compensation measures during the transitional period, was passed for ratification.

These measures apply to the imports from the third countries, therefore, the unified mechanism of their implementation on the common customs territory was developed, Andreichenko elaborated. Belarussian lawmakers also intend to debate the bills for the ratification of the intergovernmental agreements with Russia. These agreements envisage several measures for the parallel operation of the power grids in the countries, cooperation in the exploration and use of the outer space for peaceful purposes and the construction of a nuclear power plant in Belarus.

The Belarussian parliament will also continue its interparliamentary and international activities. Andreichenko noted the positive experience of bilateral cooperation between the lawmakers from Belarus and Russia within the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State. He expressed hope that after parliamentary and presidential elections in Russia the lawmakers of the countries will continue to give an example of the constructive work.

The Council of the Republic, the upper house of Belarussian parliament, is to debate reshuffle issues at its first plenary meeting. Belarussian deputies will put up for voting the candidacies for the chairman of the National Bank board and the general prosecutor, who the president may appoint after that.

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