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(Nov 02, 2007) On October 22, 2007, President Alyaksandr Lukashenka of Belarus signed a decree ordering implementation of measures aimed at the abolition of state benefits that had been established by a law adopted by the National Assembly (legislature) in June 2007. Despite the fact that the decree promises that social benefits for some categories of the population will be replaced with "targeted" assistance, as of mid-December, according to these measures, reduced transportation fares for students and veterans will be removed and discounts on utility and phone bills and for government paid health care services, including free medicines, will be eliminated for former prisoners of Nazi camps and victims of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe. By way of compensation for these cutbacks, retirement benefits for World War II survivors were increased and low-income families with three or more children will be permitted to purchase discounted medicines. (Tanya Korovenkova, Lukshenka Signs Population Assistance Edict, BELAPAN INFORMATION CO. NEWSLINE, Oct. 22, 2007, available at ISI Emerging Markets database.)

Author: Peter Roudik More by this author
Topic: Social Welfare More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Belarus More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 11/02/2007