Civil society mobilises to protect Kurapaty
As of February 20th, 2017, Young Front and civil society activists, including Dzmitry Dashkevich, Pavel Sevyarynets and others, are on a 24-hour duty to protect the Kurapaty area from the construction of a business centre. Activists effectively use social media to mobilise civil society to protect the Kurapaty area, they launched a solidarity campaign and advocate to the local residents. On February 23rd, the developer met with the Minsk city authorities and a decision should be taken in the near future, meanwhile, the authorities allowed the developer to fence the construction site. The state media (eg SB. Belarus Today, the presidential administration newspaper) proposed to erect a memorial in Kurapaty, which could wind down the conflict.
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.