Authorities initiate soft “Belarusianisation” policy
While meeting with students from the Belarusian State University, the President’s Assistant for Economic Affairs, Kyril Rudy, said that a recent poll held by the National Academy of Sciences revealed that Belarusians consider the loss of the Belarusian language to be among the country’s main threats.
In recent years, the Belarusian leadership has sought to draw Belarusian society’s attention to national identity issues in order to reduce threats to national security amid the Kremlin’s aggressive foreign policy and recent developments in Ukraine. The Belarusian government will continue to implement a cautious and soft “Belarusianisation” policy in order to narrow the value split in the society and to consolidate it around the ideas of independence and Belarusian national identity.
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.