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In Minsk there has passed meeting of entrepreneurs (photo)

August 26th, 2002. Posted in News from Belarus

In Minsk there has passed meeting of entrepreneursOn August, 26th, 2002 in Minsk there has passed meeting in protection of economic and other rights of entrepreneurs. Meeting was spent at the initiative of Strike Committee of entrepreneurs of Belarus. On meeting has come approximately at 15-20 more than declared (100 persons have been declared, has come about 2000 thousand). Read more »

Decisions of Strike Committee of entrepreneurs of Belarus with comments

August 16th, 2002. Posted in News from Belarus

About the further preparation of republican meeting in protection of the rights of entrepreneurs 26.08.2002 in Minsk, about carrying over of national term less strike of entrepreneurs and about other decisions which have been accepted by Strike Committee of entrepreneurs of Republic of Belarus, and comments to them read below.

By Strike Committee of entrepreneurs of Belarus following Decisions are made:

1. About carrying over of national term less strike of entrepreneurs with the termination of payment of taxes and other payments in the budget since September, 1st, 2002 for October, 1st, 2002.

2. about the further preparation republican meeting in protection of the rights of entrepreneurs 26.08.2002 in Minsk (14.00 area Bangalore).

3. About carrying out of the second precautionary one-day national strike of entrepreneurs on September, 11th, 2002 (environment) with promotion of requirements about resignation of the President of Belarus A.Lukashenka and separate ministers and the officials supposing the further deterioration of development of small and average business in Belarus.

4. about support of regions, the markets, fairs, the exhibitions which have declared strike since September, 1st 2002.

Comments.

1. About carrying over of national term less strike of entrepreneurs with the termination of payment of taxes and other payments in the budget since September, 1st, 2002 for October, 1st, 2002.

Priorities of Strike Committee – is to organize any protest actions with the least losses for entrepreneurs, to find peace ways for the conflict situation permission, not to admit adventures, to prepare and to spend any protest action, to give chance to the Government and the President to correct the errors.

Term less strike is transferred, because according to the persons participating in negotiations from the Government assurance is received, that changes in the Decree about the uniform tax will not be, increase of taxes since September, 1st is cancelled (a principal cause of the outlined declared strike).

Our offer on a suspension of penalty-confiscatory measures concerning property and money resources of entrepreneurs for the period of carrying out of negotiations is considered by the Government, and we hope for positive result.

As to the questions connected by obligatory social insurance we make offers on reduction of the rate to 10 euros, creation of memory system in currency (i.e. in case of death of the payer, its money from memory fund in currency will receive relatives). All privileges will be extended to all entrepreneurs paying social insurance, as for workers: charge of the experience of work for pension charge, payment of the sick-list, a children’s allowance, preferential permits for children in improving camp, partial payment of sanatorium treatment of the entrepreneurs and its children etc. Offers on cancellation of obligatory insurance for pensioners, the persons having already the experience of work for charge of pension, the persons taking other basic place of work, the persons who temporarily are not engaged in enterprise activity, entrepreneurs being in holiday, about proportional reduction of the rate of payments, obligatory insurance for entrepreneurs of 24 days working less in month and other offers are besides, made. If our offers do not find support we will demand resignation of the minister of work (the initiator of the new confused decree).

Besides, we have suggested making use of experience of our Russian colleagues. In Russia all social payments are calculated from the uniform tax (the most civilized way – we have paid the uniform tax, and you (the state) distribute it as consider it necessary).

On cash registers – the Government considers our offers on introduction of cash registers only on luxury goods (new cars, gold, etc.) and only in specially equipped and warmed premises accepted by the special commission (executive committee, firemen, a dignity station, tax, etc.). Moreover, we have suggested deducing from under the uniform tax of those who will use cash registers (the general system of the taxation).

On introduction of settlement accounts – we have made offers on cancellation of obligatory conducting settlement accounts for the entrepreneurs paying the uniform rate of the fixed tax and for entrepreneurs (including, for hired workers) and the entrepreneurs working independently of not having workers on hiring.

At cost of rent trading places – we make offers on working out governmental and the acts connected with the conclusion of contracts and a substantiation of cost of rent places. It means, the obligatory conclusion of long-term contracts on rent of trading places and the areas, on request of the businessman, accounting of cost of rent, legislative fastening of the size of the minimum trading place, a proportional reduction in tax in cases of reduction of the size of a trading place, etc.

We consider that the trading place – is rent of trading territory not less than 20 sq. meters. If to you, for example, give only 5 sq. meters also the uniform tax should be four times less.

Under documents (waybills), in a place of storage or sale of the goods, at transportation of the goods it is necessary to cancel obligatory registration in tax bodies unprofitable (other documents on the goods), for entrepreneurs paying the uniform rate of the tax. The account at storage, realization and transportation of the goods of the entrepreneurs paying the uniform rate of taxes, is carried out by the entrepreneurs in any order established by the entrepreneurs.

The note: all of you know those who constantly extort bribes from you. They as we consider, have initiated to enter obligatory settlement accounts in banks, cash registers, obligatory documents by transportation and storage on the goods, registered in tax bodies (for the entrepreneurs who have paid the uniform tax), obligatory certification on already certificated goods in the next republics etc., etc. Who today the regular customer of expensive restaurants and other pleasure institutions are our controllers. And entrepreneurs there no more than 5 percent. Incomes at our checking decrease (money for birthdays and other holidays at them catastrophically does not suffice), here they and initiate. They will enter all these innovations and it is necessary to entrepreneurs to pay bribes even more. Also it is a policy of the state?

I will remind, the basic sense of the uniform tax – is “We pay to the state taxes in advance – the state does not touch us (i.e. we sleep calm)”. This principle the state, most likely, to carry out refuses. It is one of the reasons of promotion of political requirements – resignations of the President.

We always have a possibility all republics solitary to go on leave. It is necessary to give chance to the Government, to the President and his administration to think of they accept what decisions. For this reason the decision on carrying over of national term less strike of entrepreneurs with 1.September 2002 for October, 1st, 2002 is accepted.

Questioning of entrepreneurs has shown that about 50 % of entrepreneurs are ready on term less strike. It is necessary to spend still the big work within September entrepreneurs for increase in this indicator.

2. about the further preparation of republican meeting in protection of the rights of entrepreneurs 26.08.2002 in Minsk (14.00 area Bangalore).

As earlier it was informed, the demand for meeting carrying out is submitted to protection of the rights and legitimate interests of entrepreneurs on 26.08.2002 (Monday) at 14.00 on the area Bangalore. Entrepreneurs from many regions of Belarus are ready to take part in the given meeting. The more people will be on meeting, requirements holding a meeting will sound. Questions on financing of meeting and rent sound-amplifying equipments are considered.

3. About carrying out of the second precautionary one-day national strike of entrepreneurs on September, 11th, 2002 (environment) with promotion of requirements about resignation of the President of Belarus A.Lukashenka and separate ministers and the officials supposing the further deterioration of development of small and average entrepreneurship in Belarus.

In the beginning of September we have suggested to spend one more round table with participation of ministers, heads (representatives) of the interested organizations and departments. We make the offer about regular such meetings.

Day is chosen on eleventh of September not casually. It is not only the action of solidarity of entrepreneurs of Belarus with the American people which have suffered from the international terrorism. Among the Americans who have suffered from terrorists, there were many entrepreneurs.

We act also against economic terrorism from the state, separate officials and officials in relation to the Belarus entrepreneurs. The state machinery is directed exclusively on creation of laws and sub legislative certificates directed on ruin of entrepreneurs, confiscation of money resources and property under any pretext, creation of obstacles in development of small and average entrepreneurship, creation of favorable conditions for mass extortion of bribes by various officials and checking at entrepreneurs.

Questioning has shown that the majority of entrepreneurs support A.Lukashenka’s resignation. Besides, A.Lukashenka and his administration ignore our offers on discussion and the permission of the arisen problems in a small-scale entrepreneurship. Moreover, under our data, A.Lukashenka and its administration are initiators of creation of adverse conditions for development of small and average entrepreneurship in Belarus.

Requirements about resignation of separate ministers and officials under which initiative conditions of activity of entrepreneurs worsen are entered cash registers (Ministry of Trade), taxes raise, the registered waybills, etc. (Ministry of Taxes and Tax Collection) All are entered will be sounded both on meeting 26.08.2002, and in the subsequent protest actions.

4. about support of regions, the markets, fairs, the exhibitions which have declared strike since September, 1st, 2002.

Some fairs, exhibitions and the markets plan to begin strike since September, 1st, 2002. This is right of each collective. One I can notice, that this action will be ineffective, since will not be mass. Besides, it is necessary to be afraid of provocations since one of ways to prevent large-scale national strike with the termination of payment of taxes is on October, 1st, 2002 a false start in the separate markets on September, 1st, 2002. Who will call all for strike from 1.09.2002 should realize the responsibility before people and not hide in “bushes” if the local action fails.

If some markets decide to strike since September, 1st, 2002, they in any case can count on our support.

The Press-service of the Belarus trade union of entrepreneurs (BTUE)

The reference to the Assistant of the President of Belarus on economic questions to Tkachev Sergey Pavlovich

August 12th, 2002. Posted in Author's articles

Entrepreneurs of Belarus left with the offer to cancel all planned changes in the legislation, worsening position of entrepreneurs, and to spend open discussion of the arisen problems with attraction of interested parties. Read more »

The statement to the Chairman of Ministerial council of Belarus

August 5th, 2002. Posted in News from Belarus

Entrepreneurs have sent the statement to the Chairman of Ministerial council of Belarus Novitsky Gennady Vasilevich in which try to solve problems of a small-scale entrepreneurship and ask: “who are we to you? Enemies or Friends? Pack of swindlers or workman? Whether entrepreneurs in Belarus are necessary? Be defined, please”. Read more »




 


Note: Translated by means of machine translation. The original text in Russian is on a site www.levonevsky.org or www.levonevski.net
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