Minsk is ready for open cooperation with international observers
At a press conference in Minsk, Head of the OSCE/ODIHR election observation mission Jacques Faure said that the first long-term observers had already arrived in Belarus, another 36 would arrive in the coming days, and that more than 400 ODIRH experts would observe the elections. The Belarusian authorities stand ready for more open cooperation with the OSCE/ODIHR observation mission. So far, there were no serious violations in the organization of the presidential campaign and amid low political activity of the population, the Belarusian authorities have refrained from repressions against the political opponents. The Belarusian authorities are counting on the limited recognition of the presidential elections by Western observers, that is, that they will state some progress as compared with the 2010 presidential campaign.
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.