Border Committee Chairman Maltsev strengthens his position in Belarus with Russia’s aid
The Union State Border Committee Board meeting has nominated Chairman of Belarus’ State Border Committee, Leonid Maltsev, as the Board’s Chairman.
Despite the fact that the Union State of Belarus and Russia is a rudimental integration body from the mid-1990s, cooperation between the parties continues in several areas, including border management. Maltsev’s position inside Belarus has been shaky since November 2013, when President Lukashenko relieved him from duties as State Secretary of the Security Council and nominated head of State Border Committee. Recently, Russians supported Maltsev by upholding his nomination as head of the Union Border Committee. According to the Regulations, the Committee can only be headed by a relevant Committee head of each state.
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.