Lukashenko’s anti-corruption rhetoric aims to improve public institutions’ ratings
The president demanded to bring order to flax and meat-packing plants in Slutsk. Influenced by the events in Ukraine, Lukashenko intensified anti-corruption rhetoric to improve his electoral rating ahead of the 2015 election campaign. Using rhetoric, he is also attempting to disavow the derailed large-scale industrial modernisation project about traditionally high quality Belarusian products produced during the Soviet Era. In the near future, the Belarusian government will continue to explore the anti-corruption theme, with middle and low level government officials as the targets.
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.