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Ambassador: Belarus, Russia will need to update integration road maps
The integration road maps developed by Belarus and Russia last year will need to be brought up to date due to the missed deadlines, Belarus’ Ambassador to Russia Vladimir Semashko said in an interview to Russia’s Rossiyskaya Gazeta, BelTA has learned. “Last year Belarus and Russia did an impressive amount of work. An updated plan of actions to implement the Union State Treaty was prepared and initialed by the heads of government. Sectoral ministries and agencies developed 30 road...
More opportunities for Belarusian banks to grant loans now available
Commercial banks will have more opportunities for granting loans thanks to measures taken by the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus. Chairman of the Board of the Association of Belarusian Banks Nikolai Luzgin made the statement as he commented on the countercyclical measures taken by the central bank in order to encourage the banks to support the real sector of economy, BelTA has learned. Nikolai Luzgin believes: “Banks will have more opportunities for additional lending or for...
Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam canceled
The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, BelTA learned from the official website of the contest. “It is with deep regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam. Over the past few weeks, we have explored many alternative options to allow the Eurovision Song Contest to go ahead. However, the uncertainty created by the spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe – and the restrictions put in place by...
Government measures to facilitate production of electric cars in Belarus
The measures being taken in Belarus will facilitate the launch of domestic production of electric cars, BelTA learned from Belarusian Deputy Economy Minister Yuri Chebotar. The official explained that the presidential decree on encouraging the use of electric vehicles contains a number of incentives for buyers of electric cars, for corporations that buy and install charging stations, and preferences designed to stimulate the expansion of the chain of electric vehicle charging stations all...
Belarus president awards Russian senator
Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko bestowed an Order of Francysk Skaryna upon Chairwoman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia Valentina Matviyenko in the Palace of Independence in Minsk on 5 March, BelTA has learned. The presidential decree on presenting the award was signed back in spring 2019 in anticipation of Valentina Matviyenko's jubilee. She was awarded an Order of Francysk Skaryna for a considerable personal contribution to the promotion of friendly...
Concept to guide development of Belarusian power grid till 2030 approved
The Energy Ministry has approved a concept of development of power-generating facilities and power grids for the period till 2030. The step is stipulated by Energy Ministry resolution No.7 of 25 February 2020, the ministry's press service told BelTA. The document is designed to implement Belarus' energy security concept and describes the basic scenario for developing the united power grid. The authors of the document had analyzed the main trends of international energy industry and the...
Belarus might ban all types of plastic tableware in public catering in 2023
Belarus might ban all types of disposable plastic tableware in public catering facilities in 2023, Belarus’ Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Aleksandr Korbut said at a press conference on 17 February, BelTA has learned. “An instantaneous full ban on the use of single-use plastic tableware is out of question: it will be a gradual transition, so that sectors and business have time to prepare. As from 1 January 2021, only some types of such tableware...
Belarus names squad for 2020 IBU World Championships
The coaching staff of the Belarusian national biathlon team named the roster for the 2020 IBU World Championships Biathlon in Antholz, Italy, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Biathlon Federation. The 2020 IBU World Championships will take place on 13-23 February. The competitions will feature 12 medal events. Belarus will field Sergei Bocharnikov, Raman Yaliontau, Mikita Labastau, Anton Smolski and Maksim Varabei, and also Iryna Kryuko, Dzinara Alimbekava, Hanna Sola, Elena Kruchinkina...
Eurasian Economic Commission Council in agreement on parts of Eurasian integration strategy
Members of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission met on 6 February to polish the draft strategic guidelines on advancing Eurasian economic integration till 2025. An agreement was reached on several more items the document stipulates, the commission's press service told BelTA. Previously the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council instructed governments of the Eurasian Economic Union member states to get in touch with the Eurasian Economic Commission in order to polish the document and...
Russia's Leningrad Oblast shows interest in Belarus' best farming practices
Russia's Leningrad Oblast is showing interest in the Belarusian farming equipment and also the country's best practices in crop production and cattle breeding. The matter was discussed at a meeting of the eighth joint commission on cooperation between Belarus and Russia's Leningrad Oblast in Mogilev on 30 January, BelTA has learned. Leningrad Oblast Deputy Prime Minister Oleg Malashchenko stated that Belarus and Leningrad Oblast have longstanding friendly relations. The parties have been...
European Diploma for Protected Areas renewed for Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve in Belarus
The European Diploma for Protected Areas has been renewed for the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve. The resolution was drafted following the annual meeting of the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma for Protected Areas held in Strasbourg last week, BelTA learned from the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve. The European Diploma of the highest category A was first awarded to the reserve on 11 September 1995 by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. It confirms that a...
Hope coronavirus will not affect Slavianski Bazaar schedule
Preparations for the International Festival of Arts Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk are carried out in a routine mode, but the sale of tickets for the Eurovision Stars project has been temporarily suspended, director of the festival and the Vitebsk Culture Center Gleb Lapitsky said at a briefing, BelTA has learned. "The organizers are preparing the festival. None of our partners have any questions or doubts about this. We hope that the event will be held on time, without any delays and...
Student: I am proud to be a Belarusian
I am proud to be born and to live in Belarus, Anastasia Morozova, a participant of the nationwide campaign We Are Citizens of Belarus!, a student of Vitebsk Gymnasium No.2, told BelTA. On 10 March, Anastasia Morozova received her passport from the Belarusian head of state. “I had never even imagined that I would get the passport from the hands of the president. I had this unusual feeling, a mixture of anxiety and anticipation. I am a grown-up now and I understand that I must bear...
Netherlands seek to strengthen ties with Vitebsk Oblast
The Netherlands aim to enhance cooperation with Vitebsk Oblast in various fields, Dutch Charge d'Affaires in Belarus Erik-Jan van Oosterhout told journalists after he met with senior officials of the Vitebsk Oblast Executive Committee, BelTA has learned. Erik-Jan van Oosterhout took office in January. The visit to Vitebsk was his first official visit. "We have a lot to discuss with Vitebsk Oblast. We will aim to advance cooperation with the region in economy and culture," Erik-Jan van...
Belarus wins two diplomas at international informatics competition Innopolis Open
Belarusian students have won two diplomas at the international competition in computer programming Innopolis Open. The final stage was hosted by five cities: Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Innopolis (Russia), Kremenchug (Ukraine), and Minsk, BelTA learned from the press service of Belarusian State University (BSU). Andrei Mishchenko, a student of the Mozyr Club of Young Firefighters was awarded a first-degree diploma. Student of the BSU Lyceum Sergei Protsky took a second-degree diploma....
Straw weaving to be added to Belarus' list of historical and cultural heritage
Belarusian straw weaving techniques will get the status of historical and cultural heritage of Belarus. The appropriate decision was taken at the session of the Belarusian national scientific methodological council on protection of historical and cultural heritage on 12 February, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Culture Ministry. The council discussed proposals to include four types of folk art in the national list of historical and cultural heritage. They include Belarusian straw weaving...
Armenians who liberated Belarus during WWII commemorated in Vitebsk
Armenian soldiers who died in battles for Belarus' liberation in the Great Patriotic War were commemorated in Vitebsk Oblast on 4 February. The commemorative event was attended by Armenian Ambassador to Belarus Armen Ghevondyan, BelTA has learned. The ceremony to hand over the soil from a military grave site took place in the village of Shapury. It is home to the largest military mass grave in Belarus where around 17,000 people are buried, including 84 Armenians. Armen Ghevondyan thanked...
Vitebsk Oblast announces contest for investment business projects
The economy committee of the Vitebsk Oblast Executive Committee has announced a competition for investment business projects, BelTA learned from the oblast executive committee. State financial support can be provided to small business of Vitebsk Oblast and medium-sized business of Orsha District who implement investment and business projects in construction, acquisition of permanent structures (buildings), isolated premises or their reconstruction, purchase of equipment, transport...
Investor from Congo to launch match stick production in Vitebsk Oblast
A new company, Belmatch, has been registered in Belarus to start the production of match sticks. The project of a foreign investor is supported by the National Agency of Investment and Privatization (NAIP), BelTA learned from the NAIP. The NAIP started cooperating with SOCALCO SARL (Congo), which makes part of DEWJI International Group headquartered in the UAE, in August 2019. Then the investor showed an interest in the project. The NAIP helped organize visits of the potential investor to...
Vitebsk Oblast rescue workers to implement emergency prevention projects with Lithuania, Latvia
The Vitebsk Oblast Department of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry will implement two international transboundary projects in 2020-2021, BelTA has learned. The projects will be implemented as part of a trilateral program involving Latvia, Lithuania, and Belarus. One of the projects is designed to improve transboundary cooperation in preventing floods, in dealing with floods, and in reducing environmental pollution. The other one is designed to improve the readiness to respond to natural...
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