Lukashenko attempts to improve discipline in regional security forces
President Lukashenko has dismissed the Gomel Region KGB Head “for the improper performance of official duties”, and Chief of Police at Brest Regional Executive Committee “for misconduct, defaming an official’s rank”. Being under the influence of the events in Ukraine, Lukashenko is raising the requirements for the security forces’ management and personnel. Both dismissals have meant to improve the discipline and to combat corruption in the security forces in the regions. President Lukashenko will enhance control over power agencies to reduce corruption and to increase manageability in the regions.
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.