Aleksandr Lukashenko meets with Belarusian government officials

    Suggestions on awarding state prizes of the Republic of Belarus for the year of 2012 have been discussed at a working meeting of Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko with Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Anatoly Rubinov, Head of the Belarus President Administration Andrei Kobyakov and First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Alexander Radkov.

    “We have not appreciated talented people yet. I mean awarding state prizes of the Republic of Belarus. I might be wrong, but unfortunately there were no grounds to do it,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

    According to the President, most of the applicants submitted poor works. “I asked you to suggest applicants who could be awarded state prizes. The work has been done and I would like to discuss in detail the materials and suggestions of the corresponding agencies and government bodies. I do not think we should bestow state prizes undeservingly and choose the best out of the worst. I proceed from the principle that nothing should be awarded if there are no great achievements,” the President said.

    Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that there is every likelihood that there are entries that deserve state prizes; one should be able to identify them. “If we cannot do it, there is no systemic work. This is the most important thing,” the President said.

    The participants of the working meeting informed the head of state about the work done and voiced their proposals. The parties discussed the entries that were shortlisted during a many-stage preliminary selection round and were exposed to public discussions. Three of them deal with science and engineering; the other three are related to literature, art and architecture.

    The final decision on awarding state prizes will be made by the Belarusian President in the near term.