Mediating and peacemaking efforts still bring political benefits to Belarus
Russia has asked Belarus to represent her interests in the Joint Consultative Group on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. In addition, Belarus has confirmed her readiness to become a platform for the final stage of negotiations, as well as for the final peace conference to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The Belarusian authorities seek to anchor as a regional negotiation platform and a mediator-peacemaker in the international public space, which, they believe, will enable them to dictate their terms in Belarus-EU relations. In addition, official Minsk aims to balance its foreign policy so that it ensures greater independence from the Kremlin.
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.