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The Department of Trade and Services of Minsk City Executive Committee was established in accordance with the Decision of the Minsk City Executive Committee of 28.03.2008 No 664 as its structural unit and is part of the Ministry of Trade of the Republic of Belarus. It exercises public authority in the field of trade, public catering, consumer and hotel services, protection of consumers’ rights and advertising.

In its activity the Department is guided by the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus, the legislation of the Republic of Belarus, decisions of the Minsk City Council of Deputies and the Minsk City Executive Committee, orders of the Chairman of Minsk City Executive Committee and the Status of the Department of Trade and Services of Minsk City Executive Committee.

In accordance with its basic tasks the Department of Trade and Services of Minsk City Executive Committee, which includes Section of Trade and Services, Section for Control over Advertising and Consumers’ Rights Protection Sector, performs the following functions:
  • participates in developing plans for economic and social development, targeted programs for development of trade, public catering, consumer and hotel services promotional activities with regard for national interests; it also works out measures aimed at increasing the volume of trade turnover, trade and consumer services, at improving financial situation of organizations of trade, public catering, consumer and hotel services;
  • develops draft resolutions of the Minsk City Executive Committee on the regulation of trade, public catering, consumer and hotel services, protection of consumers’ rights and advertising;
  • analyzes the state of the consumer market and the scope of consumer and hotel services;
  • together with all concerned arranges fairs for the sale of goods in the city, participates in holding national fairs (exhibitions);
  • exercises operational control over constant stock of goods in the trading network of Minsk that are produced by industrial enterprises of the Republic of Belarus;
  • participates in the survey of shops with the aim of granting them the status of ‘brand’, as well as in the certification of shops for compliance with their status as ‘company store’;
  • carries out work directed at improving the organization and technology of public catering of various social groups of people, coordinates the activities of public catering organizations;
  • participates in the work of certifying commissions to refer the amenities of consumer services to categories;
  • assigns, in accordance with the established order, ‘first’, ‘second’ price categories to establishments of public catering, participates in the survey of public catering establishments when assigning ‘de luxe’, ‘the highest’ price categories to them;
  • performs within its competence monitoring of compliance with the legislation of the Republic of Belarus in the territory of Minsk on trade, public catering, consumer and hotel services, protection of consumers’ rights, advertising;
  • provides consultation to businesses and legal entities on matters within the competence of management;
  • considers, in accordance with the legislation, proposals, claims and complaints by citizens and legal entities on matters relating to the competence of management and takes the necessary response;
  • implements regional policy in the area of protection of consumers’ rights and advertising, coordinates the activities of the committees, departments of the Minsk City Executive Committee, district administrations of Minsk and organizations in these areas;
  • initiates research on issues of protection of consumers’ rights and advertising and works out proposals for their improvement;
  • implements measures to prevent and suppress the facts of improper advertising;
  • carries out coordination of outdoor advertising in the territory of Minsk;
  • realizes and monitors the implementation of measures aimed at the development of promotional activities, taking into account national interests and consumers’ rights;
  • performs other functions in accordance with the legislation in the Republic of Belarus.
The above-mentioned basic functions of the Department of Trade and Services of Minsk City Executive Committee are implemented in close co-ordination with subordinate units: Main Administration of the Consumer Market – trade and catering, Department of Consumer Services – consumer and hotel services, as well as with the departments of trade and services of the district administration of Minsk.

Last updated: 17 November 2016
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