Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko signed Decree No.40 “Concerning optimization of the Belarus President Administration” on 13 February.
The document is designed to
improve the functioning of the Belarus President Administration, including by
enhancing its structure and reducing its personnel. In accordance with the
instructions from the head of state, the staff of the Belarus President
Administration will be reduced by 30%.
The decree approves the new edition of the statute on the Belarus
President Administration and its structure, and also regulations concerning
presidential aides and the position of spokesperson.
The functions and powers of the President Administration have been
updated. The new structure will help ensure further effective operation of this
government agency in the context of staff reduction.
Two new positions of aides to the Belarus president have been
The interaction of the head
of state with the legislative and judicial branches will be mediated by the aide
for legislative and judicial activities to the Belarus president. The
implementation of the head of state’s instructions regarding the activities of
banks and non-bank financial institutions will be monitored by the presidential
aide for the development of the financial system.
The new regulation on the spokesperson for the Belarus president
expands the functions and powers of the spokesperson, including those related to
the coordination of the activities of the major public media outlets.
The decree will come into force on 1 May