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May Day Celebrations Feature Marches, Protests, And A Concert

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May Day celebrations in several countries in the Western Balkans, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe featured marches, protests, and a concert.

In Moldova, a May Day march was held by the main opposition Socialist Party. The marchers convened on the parliament building, where President Igor Dodon joined them.

The event took place under the slogan “For Responsible Governance and Social Equity.”

In Kosovo, hundreds of people took to the streets of the capital, Pristina, to mark International Workers’ Day.

The May 1 march was organized by the United Workers’ Union of Kosovo. It is demanding that the minimum wage in the country be raised to 250 euros per month and workers be given better access to health care. The union also wants safer workplaces.

A May Day art installation titled Martyrs Of Buildings used hard hats and chalk outlines of bodies to draw attention to the risks that construction workers face in Kosovo.

In Serbia, tempers flared at a May Day march in the capital, Belgrade, when two protesters tried to approach the country’s labor minister.

Police said they arrested two workers’ rights activists for verbally attacking Zoran Djordjevic.

The activists allegedly shouted “Djordjevic, thief,” and demanded to know the minister’s salary.

In Kazakhstan, May 1 was marked by a special concert in the capital, Astana, featuring some 500 musicians playing the dombra. The dombra is Kazakhstan’s national instrument and is similar to the lute.

The huge dobra orchestra included both amateur and professional musicians and was led by famous Kazakh conductor Nurlan Bekenov.

The open-air concert was held by the Bayterek Tower, a monument and observation tower that is popular with tourists in Astana.

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Government reviews the Annual Report on Consumer Protection

Today’s Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev covered issues of consumer protection in the framework of the Annual Report.

Minister of National Economy Timur Suleimenov reported that in order to complete the tasks of the Government, the Single Methodological Approaches to Reporting and Analytical Evaluation of Activities in the Sphere of Consumer Rights Protection have been approved, which are used in preparation of the annual report on the state of consumer protection.

To further improve the system of consumer rights protection, proposals of state bodies were summarized and discussed at the meetings of the Coordinating Council on Consumer Protection. Legislation of far and near abroad countries is being analyzed.

According to the data of state bodies, more than 23 thousand appeals have been submitted for consideration in 2017. The largest number of applications was received by the National Bank 13 100 (55.24%), the Ministry of National Economy 4294 (18.11%), the Ministry of Healthcare – 5096 (21.49%).

With regards to the nature of appeals, the largest number of them concern the spheres of financial services � 13 148 (55.45%), health care – 5020 (21.16%), housing and communal services – 4000 (13%), retail trade – 1798 (7.58%).

According to public associations of consumers, in 2017 they received 23 673 appeals from citizens about violations of consumer rights. In terms of areas of activity, the majority of them concern the sphere of consumer services – 8404 (36%), retail – 5181 (22%), communication services – 5353 (22%), housing and communal services – 2064 (9%).

According to the information provided by state bodies, local executive bodies and public associations of consumers, in 2017 about 50 thousand appeals were received from consumers, of which the state bodies received 47.6% of appeals, public associations � 47.5%, local executive bodies � 4.9 %, � T. Suleimenov noted.

Minister of Healthcare Yelzhan Birtanov reported on the ongoing work to protect the rights of consumers in the medical sphere.

According to data for 2017, 430 administrative protocols were drawn up for the amount of 8.891 million tenge. Last year 229 individuals, 87 officials and 23 legal entities were subjected to administrative liability. 439 cases were sent to law enforcement agencies in 2017.

According to the results of monitoring of the safety of products, more than 1300 orders were issued, 1024 cases of administrative violations were instituted, 415 court decisions were made, more than 40 tonnes of products were removed from distribution, fines totaling more than 19.5 million tenge were imposed, �Y. Birtanov noted.

According to the Minister, more than 34 thousand samples of food products were examined, of which 2624 samples were inconsistent with the requirements of technical regulations, which is 8.3% (in 2016 – 10.4%).

The Minister of Healthcare noted that in order to increase the consumer literacy of the population, information on the results of monitoring of the safety of products is regularly posted through the media and social networks.

Deputy Prosecutor General A. Lukin and Deputy Chairman of the Board of NCE Atameken R. Zhursunov also spoke about consumer protection issues.

Following the consideration of the issue, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan B. Sagintayev noted that certain work is underway to protect the rights of consumers.

Many questions arise with regards to insurance problems. They need to be settled together with the National Bank. The Prime Minister instructed the Ministry of National Economy, in conjunction with state agencies and Akimats of the regions to work out all the issues raised.

Control is assigned to Deputy Prime Minister E. Dossaev.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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