Minsk may agree to change election rules
At a meeting with Belarusian Information Minister Lilia Ananich, EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Stavros Lambrinidis fully supported dialogue between Belarus and the ODIHR on electoral issues. The president is ready to make changes to the electoral law, which would not compromise his leadership. Simultaneously, last month, the authorities issued warnings to two popular media resources registered in Belarus - Ezhednevnik and Nasha Niva. The Belarusian leadership is showing a willingness to negotiate and resolve Belarusian-European relations, however without major changes in domestic policies and without strengthening the role of the opposition.
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.