On 30 December President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko signed Decree No. 618 to declare 2012 the Year of Books.
The decision was made in order to raise the role of books and reading in the modern society, promote Belarusian literature, ensure state support of the national printing industry.
The head of state instructed the Council of Ministers to approve this year's national action plan.
The Year of Books will preserve spiritual unity of the society, promote Belarusian literature and culture.
Please see the Russian version of this site for the full text of the Decree.