Report of Director of National Center of Legislation and Legal Research Vadim Ipatov
Business will be given more
freedom in Belarus, but it is needed to keep balance when it comes to
responsibility for violations, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said on
19 September when he heard out a report of Director of the National Center of
Legislation and Legal Research Vadim Ipatov on the draft law concerning the
introduction of amendments and addenda to the Administrative Violations Code
and the Code of Execution Procedure on Administrative Violations.
The draft document aims to liberalize administrative legislation in the
field of business. Alexander Lukashenko remarked that Belarus will be
among leading states in this area.
“We give more freedom to our business. Businessmen will get
unprecedented freedom and preferences for work. On the other hand, there will
be tough responsibility for violations. We are not going to declare
responsibility of economic operators, legal entities, craftsmen and others, and
then pass another legal act to abolish it. We will not give ultimate freedom
without responsibility. We need balance here,” the president warned.
The head of state said that representatives of the business community
were complaining about exorbitant charges and other administrative penalties
during the preparation of legal acts concerning business development. “You
suggests significantly decreasing some of the charges,” Alexander Lukashenko
The procedure of imposing administrative sanctions will be specified.
“Let’s discuss this draft law which should be considered in the parliament. We
promised to enforce these regulations by 1 October. Will we make it?” the
Vadim Ipatov said that the main objective of the draft law is to ensure
balance in business. Administrative sanctions should be commensurate with
violations, the payment of charges should not lead to the disposition of
companies and restrain business. At the same time, administrative sanctions
should guarantee economic security and business efficiency.