SMILOVICHI, 15 September (BelTA) – The Presidium of the Council of the Republic, the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament, discussed ways to streamline the work of local self-government bodies during an offsite session in Smilovichi, Minsk Oblast, on 15 September, BelTA has learned.
The senators visited the Chaim Soutine Art Center for Children and Youth, the Smilovichi Rural Council of Deputies where they were updated on the socio-economic development of the community, as well as the Stanislaw Moniuszko Museum where they held an offsite meeting. The meeting was attended by senior officials of the regional, district and rural councils of deputies, the Economy Ministry, the Housing and Utilities Ministry, and the State Property Committee.
According to Chair of the Council of the Republic Natalya Kochanova, such events will now be held twice a month in different regions of the country. This will be done to study the situation on the ground and to address problems facing local residents. In Smilovichi, the senators and local officials discussed the use of idle premises, issues related to housing and utilities, as well as infrastructure development in small communities.
“It was important for us to identify bottlenecks in the work of local councils of deputies, including at the grassroots level. Such offsite sessions allow us to raise the issues facing local communities and help address them at the legislative level if possible,” Natalya Kochanova said.