MINSK, 22 January (BelTA) – The work of Belarusian MPs should be real, effective, and result-oriented. Chairwoman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Natalya Kochanova made the statement at a session of the council for the interaction of local self-government bodies under the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus on 22 January, BelTA has learned.
Parliamentarians should demonstrate an active citizenship stance, should help resolve problems of social and economic development at the local level, Natalya Kochanova stressed. “Our work should be real, effective, and should produce concrete results. There is no room for formalism,” she stressed. A presidential election will take place in Belarus in 2020, which makes it a special year, but not more complicated than any other one. The head of the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament said she was confident that the election campaign, during which Belarusians will determine the future of their country and their kids, will proceed smoothly and calmly as usual. “Our active civil stance as MPs should be more pronounced and understandable. Our voice should be louder and more noticeable in the course of accomplishing the primary tasks the country faces,” Natalya Kochanova said.
As he met with members of the parliament, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko singled out priorities in their work. “The president made it clear that people are the key as well as a fair attitude to them and their growing wellbeing. All the decisions we make should benefit the state while laws should stem from life situations, should be precise and understandable,” Natalya Kochanova reminded. She warned that it is impossible to accomplish other tasks without taking care of the main issues standing in the way of higher living standards such as employment, prices, and salaries.
The senator also drew attention to work with young Belarusians. “A youth parliament is being created in Belarus. Every oblast and the city of Minsk will nominate 10 people each to the parliament. We will closely work with them. They represent a talent pool. We need to see promising young people, future leaders,” Natalya Kochanova said.
The council for the interaction of local self-government bodies was established more than ten years ago. Natalya Kochanova is convinced the decision to set it up was the right one. “Belarusian MPs see the distilled essence of the problems people in the regions are concerned about. And the council for the interaction of local self-government bodies offers a good venue for summarizing the issues arising at the local level,” she said. Natalya Kochanova did not rule out the possibility of changes in the council's work taking into account modern reality.
The session held on 22 January focused on how local self-government bodies can improve interaction with people and resolve local problems. The work plan for this year was also sketched out.