Lukashenko expresses distrust of state law enforcement agencies
At a meeting to discuss the comprehensive review of the criminal and criminal procedural laws, President Lukashenko underscored that the law enforcers and other public officials from controlling and regulatory bodies did not always perform their duties in good faith.
Lukashenko is expressing distrust in the Belarusian law-enforcement system and is constraining criminal law from being liberalised especially in the fight against corruption. As the 2015 presidential elections draw closer, and, bearing in mind that this particular issue has triggered a constitutional change in Ukraine, Lukashenko is increasingly worried about potential tension in Belarusian society and low public trust in the law enforcement. He is ready to toughen penalties for corruption crimes and strengthen the anti-corruption campaign in law enforcement.
The Labour and the Tax Ministries are considering the possibility to include persons engaged in some economic activity without forming a legal entity in the social security system. When the decree No 337 comes into effect, the number of private entrepreneurs is likely to reduce due to the possibility of reducing the tax burden when switching to a tax payment as an individual. 95% of self-employed, including PE, pay insurance premiums on the basis of the minimum wage. The number of self-employed citizens is expected to increase, the number of insurance contributions to the pension system from PE will decrease, the number of citizens who will pay a fee to finance government spending will decrease by several tens. Self-employed citizens have the alternative not to pay social security fees and save resources for future pensions, which, given the gradual restriction by the state of pension requirements could be a more long-sighted option.