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Call to get rid of obsolete laws in Belarus

MINSK (BelTA) – National security bodies should take an active part in the development of the economy, including the fulfillment of the cost saving policy, eradication of fraud and other violations, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the meeting with the top-ranking representatives of the State Secretariat of the Security Council of Belarus, law enforcement bodies and national security agencies on 5 September, BelTA has learned.

“I am not speaking about toughening regulations. We are not going to do it. In this context, it is essential to once again take stock of the criminal and administrative laws. We need to remove superfluous things. This process is underway. But while working on this, please do not throw the baby out with the bathwater. We do not need obsolete laws. The new ones should promote the development of the economy rather than impede it,” the Belarusian leader stressed.

Alexander Lukashenko said that the prosecutor general was instructed to collect overdue debts owned by foreign partners to Belarusian economic operators and to supervise the timely payment of salaries. “Today we take loans with a certain interest rate, while hundreds of millions of dollars stay abroad when we are not paid for goods and services,” the head of state remarked.

He also asked about the recovery of economic losses from crimes.

The participants of the meetings also discussed the security and rights of underage children, prevention of domestic violence and alcohol abuse. “The interior minister and I have once concluded that we must pay special attention to the prevention of serious offences and crimes in rural areas. What is the progress here?” the president wondered.