Belarusian budget to be replenished with penalties
On August 20th, 2016, amendments to the Administrative Code of Belarus will take effect, envisaging an increase in the number of fines for various administrative offenses. Belarus has an annual plan for penalties to be listed in the state budget. In 2016, the plan is raise BYR 118 million from different fines. The state is likely to step up control over settlements between individuals and businesses due to a penalty for exceeding the limit of cash payments. For instance, it may make test purchases of expensive goods in order to identify such violations. The authorities may also step up control over entertainment sphere due to a penalty for failing to take measures to prevent the spread of drugs. Taking into account the practice of previous years, projected budget revenues from penalties are likely to exceed the target by 15-20% in 2016.
According to Belstat, in August 7,600 people were dismissed, including 4,800 civil servants. Dismissals of civil servants were due to the optimisation in the public administration by up to 30%. Some civil servants would retain their job however would lose the status of a civil servant. Vacancies on the labour market are likely to reduce in number, thanks to the optimisation, the state administration would increase wages for public servants. The payroll fund for retained employees is likely to increase and some former state employees are likely to get jobs in affiliated organizations. The optimisation of the state apparatus should complete by January 1st, 2018, and some former civil servants are likely to join the ranks of the unemployed.