The visit of the Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Republic to Slovenia

       On 9 — 11 June 2009 Mr Anatoly Rubinov, Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, Deputy Chairman 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, took part in the Standing Committee meeting of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe in Brdo (Slovenia). Within the framework of this event he made a speech during the debates “Belarus: progress of local and regional democracy for a European integration”. The participants of the meeting were briefed on the structure and functioning of the local self-government system in Belarus. Mr Anatoly Rubinov also answered the questions on the peculiarities of Belarusian legislation in this field and its correspondence to the European Charter of Local Self-Government.
       Within the framework of the visit Mr Anatoly Rubinov had a meeting with Mr Ian Micallef, President a.i. of the Congress, President of the Chamber of Local Authorities. The participants of the meeting discussed the questions of interaction of the Council for Cooperation of Local Self-Government Bodies and the Congress. In particular the Belarusian side confirmed interest in holding in Minsk a joint “round table” sitting with the representatives of the Congress. Mr Anatoly Rubinov also invited Mr Ian Micallef to visit Belarus and take part in one of the events of the Council for Cooperation of Local Self-Government Bodies. The latter underlined the readiness of the Congress to develop bilateral relations with the mentioned structure.