Mr Anatoly Malofeyev: “Local Authorities Should be More Persistent in Solving the Issues of Life Sustenance of the Population”

       On 20 February 2008 a “round table” meeting with the participation of chairmen of village Councils of Deputies, Mr A. Malofeev, member of the Council for Cooperation of Local Self-Government Bodies, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus for Regional Policy and Local Self-Government, and Ms Z. Kruglikova, Head of the Regional Budgets Section of the Main Department of Budget Policy Management of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Belarus, took place at the Institute for Top Management Personnel of the Academy of Public Administration under the Aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus, as part of the activity of the Council for Cooperation of Local Self-Government Bodies at the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus.
        In the beginning of the sitting Mr Malofeev addressed the chairmen of village Councils of Deputies: “You are the primary authorities in the regions, and the ordinary person and his needs should be in the focus of your activities.” After that he pointed the participants’ attention to the main directions of state policy in respect to local self-government and to raising the role of primary level local self-government bodies in solving the issues of life sustenance of the population. He also noted that the quality of work of certain local Councils of Deputies was not up to the mark, and formalist approach was quire often when addressing problems. “It is important that local authorities have more persistence in solving the issues of life sustenance of the population”.
       The participants of the sitting noticed that the measures taken in the regions contributed to the number of problems be solved at primary level. They also mentioned certain problems related to financing of dilapidated buildings demolition and discussed the facts, that sources of income had not been defined and that the single approach to transferring water supply systems, roads and other non-movable assets to the balance of special organizations had not been developed. The chairmen of village Councils of Deputies raised the question whether it should be tax authorities or village Councils who dealt with collecting local taxes. Another question discussed was forming the budgets of village Councils of Deputies.
       Mr Malofeev noted in the closing address that in order to solve state and public issues primary level Councils of Deputies should more closely cooperate with state and non-governmental organizations in their region, search for and introduce new and the most effective methods of work that meets all modern challenges.