A Meeting of the Council for Cooperation of Local Self-Government Bodies Took Place

       On 5 June 2008 a regular sitting of the Council for Cooperation of Local Self-Government Bodies at the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus chaired by Mr G. Novitsky took place in Molodechno (Minsk Province).
       The participants of the sitting considered several questions, e.g. state of office administration in primary and basic level Councils of Deputies in Gomel Province and its improvement, financial support of the activities of primary territorial level Councils of Deputies, measures on prospective taxation base consolidation for the abovementioned Councils of Deputies.
       Mr V. Selitsky, Chairman of Gomel Province Council of Deputies, addressed the sitting with the information about the state of office administration in local Councils of Deputies and about the role of province Council in its coordination. Mr S. Ashmiantsev, Chairman of Brest Province Council of Deputies, head of the Council working group that examined this question at the local level, took the floor next. He noted in particular that Gomel Province Council of Deputies renders regular methodic support in office administration to the basic and primary level Councils of Deputies.
       In view of the results of this discussion local Councils of Deputies were given a number of recommendations, namely to work out a more efficient system of participation in the preparation to the sittings of the Councils of Deputies for interested organizations; to maintain appropriate control over implementation of their own decisions as well as the decisions of upper level Councils of Deputies and acts of legislation; to develop and properly approve individual office administration regulations; to maintain production, registration and obligatory use of document forms with imprinted State Coat of Arms of the Republic of Belarus in all local Councils of Deputies according to the statutory requirements.
       Mr I. Zayash, Deputy Minister of Finance of the Republic of Belarus, informed the participants of the sitting about financial support of primary level Councils of Deputies activities and measures for prospective consolidation of the taxation base of the abovementioned Councils of Deputies. Province Councils of Deputies were prompted to actively and fully use their rights for securing primary territorial level budget revenue, these rights being set by the Law of the Republic of Belarus “On Local Government and Self-Government in the Republic of Belarus” and the Decree of the President of the Republic of Belarus No 21 of 12 January 2007. The Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Belarus was given a recommendation to examine the possibility of amending the abovementioned Decree in order to extend the list of incomes subjected to transfer to primary level budgets and provide for other tax and non-tax revenues as an income source.
       In addition to that a working group was created in order to study the experience of forming the budgets of primary territorial level Councils of Deputies in the areas affected by Chernobyl disaster and offer proposals regarding the sources of income to fill these budgets. Its other objective is to create more favorable conditions for life sustenance of the population of these territories. The working group consists of members of the Council for Cooperation of Local Self-Government Bodies, representatives of public administration bodies of the republic, chairmen of local Councils of Deputies.