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Lukashenko warns against red tape

MINSK, 1 October (BelTA) – There should be no red tape on the way of important government decisions, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with senior officials of the Belarus President Administration on 1 October, BelTA has learned.

“Let me remind you that the work on legal acts should not take months. We do not have time for that,” stressed the Belarusian leader.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said that sometimes a decision is made verbally. It just needs to be promptly given legal form, formalized as a decree or a regulation. The work however can stall literally because of a single comma.

“If a decision is taken, the corresponding legal act should be submitted to the president or the government within a week. If you see that there is no comma somewhere, then put it instead of returning the document back. This red tape will destroy everything,” the head of state stressed.

The president cited an example of the instruction to streamline the work of individual entrepreneurs: “The decision was made to streamline the sector. Not to ruin it but to streamline. Yet, we had to deal with red tape here again. Different rumor began to spread immediately. They would say that the government wanted to take their money away to fill in the budget, to root them [sole traders] out as a class. This is absolutely not true. This happened because the president’s instruction was not fulfilled in time.”


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