Gender equality will be used as indicator of westernization
Before the Women’s Day, March 8th, the state media has paid particular attention to Belarus advancing in gender equality. Indeed, Belarus has been performing quite well in this regard. While preserving ‘traditionalistic’ views on family and marriage, Belarus does much better with recognising women’s social and political contributions than many of her neighbours. Belarus may use the gender equality issue in order to find mutual understanding in a dialogue with the West.
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.