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The final sitting of the Council of Republic seventh session

On December 21, 2011 the final sitting of the seventh session of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus took place.

The parliamentarians considered the personnel matters. In accordance with Paragraph 2 of the first part of Article 98 of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus the Council of the Republic gave consent to the appointment by the President of the Republic of Belarus
Ms Lidia Ermoshina the Chairperson of the Central Commission on Elections and National Referendums. Her candidacy was introduced by the Head of the Administration of the President of the Republic of Belarus Mr Vladimir Makey.

Then the senators elected six members of the Central Commission on Elections and National Referendums. They were the first Deputy Head of the Main Justice Department of Brest Province Executive Committee Mr Anton Guschin, the Deputy Head of the Main Justice Department of Minsk Province Executive Committee Ms Elena Dmuhailo, the deputy director for ideological activity of the municipal design and survey unitary enterprise Minskinzhproekt Mr Alexander Dudko, the Head of the Economy Law department of the Educational establishment Pavel Sukhoi State Technical University of Gomel Ms Svetlana Katsubo, the Head of the personnel and ideological department of the state institution Economic management department of the Administrative Department of the President of the Republic of Belarus Ms Svetlana Hinevich, and the Head of the Department of Education of Vitebsk Province Executive Committee Mr Ivan Schurok.

At the sitting, the senators approved the Law of the Republic of Belarus On Amending the Family and Marriage Code of the Republic of Belarus aimed at bringing into terms the norms of the stated Code with the legislative acts. The amendments concern the family creation basis, spouses relations during their marital life and in case of divorce, as well as childrens rights and interests protection. In particular, a new form and procedure of contracting marriage, inclusive of its possible terms, was determined. It provides for the necessity to regard the opinion of a child, above the age of 10, when considering  interaction of a child with the parents, deprived of parental rights, or restored in parental rights, as well as admission to foster home, family-type children's home, foster care, choice of a custodian parent or a trustee. The law contains the provisions changing the current approach to registration of marriage and divorcing. Therefore, it is proposed to register marriage in any institution in charge of registering acts of civil status on the choice of the intending spouses, and to reduce pending registration time (from 15 days to 3). The possibility to divorce not only through judicial procedure, but in the stated above institutions as well (under the spouses mutual agreement and absence of common dependent children and property disputes) is first introduced.   

The Law of the Republic of Belarus On Amending the Law of the Republic of Belarus On the Guarantees of Social Protection of the Orphaned Children, the Children Deprived of Parental Care, and the Persons from among the Orphaned Children and the Children Deprived of Parental Care brings the provisions of the Law into terms with the Decree of the President of the Republic of Belarus No 552 of 27 October 2010 On Amendments and Additions to Some Decrees of the President of the Republic of Belarus and the Education Code of the Republic of Belarus, the norms are corrected with regard to law enforcement practice. The place of first acquirement of the status of the Orphaned Children or the Children Deprived of Parental Care is first determined at the legislative level. Measures ensuring for the stated category of children the right of the dwelling premises ownership or usage, are provided. The draft Law guarantees the following measures of social protection: state allowance during a leave stated by the education legislation, on medical conditions, due to reserve service or under any other legitimate circumstances no more than one calendar year due to maternity leave till the childs age of one year.

The Law of the Republic of Belarus On Amending certain Laws of the Republic of Belarus on the issues concerning the administrative-territorial system of the Republic of Belarus states the procedure of establishing and abolition of administrative units, inhabited localities, their registration and record, establishing and changing their borders. With due consideration of the foreign legislation approach, the terminology of the Law of the Republic of Belarus On administrative-territorial division and addressing the issues concerning the administrative-territorial system of the Republic of Belarus is specified. The procedure of the citizens and local Soviets of Deputies participation in addressing the above issues is determined. The powers of the Head of the State, the Government, local and self-government bodies are specified.

 Moreover the parliamentarians considered other issues of the agenda.

 Chairman of the Council of the Republic Mr Anatoly Rubinov addressed the parliamentarians with the closing speech.

Before the sitting Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the Council of the Republic for Education, Science, Culture and Social Development Ms Antonina Morova answered the questions of the representatives of the information agency BelTA, the first channel of the Belarusian Radio and state TV and radio companies. She commented on amending The Family and Marriage Code of the Republic of Belarus.

 
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