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14 Dec 2017

Relaxed administrative responsibility for businesses through Belarusian parliament’s lower chamber

MINSK, 14 December (BelTA) – The House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus gave the second reading to amendments to the Administrative Violations Code and the Code of Administrative Violations Procedure during the session on 14 December, BelTA has learned.

Presenting the bill in the Oval Hall, Chairman of the Human Rights, National Relations and Mass Media Commission Andrei Naumovich noted that liberalizing administrative responsibility in economic affairs was one of the key tasks the bill intended to accomplish.

The bill provides for reducing the size of fines for administrative offences. The practice of giving warnings instead of fines will be expanded. The bill greatly curtails the practice of property confiscation. Confiscation will remain mandatory only for property, trading which is illegal.

The bill allows confiscating part of the revenues instead of the entire sum. The bill also offers more grounds for dropping the charges if the business at fault has fixed its shortcomings.

BelTA reported earlier that the bill provides for replacing confiscation with fines for 14 kinds of administrative offenses. The size of the fine will represent a percentage of the cost of the infringing item. The maximum size of the fines will vary from 10% to 50% of the cost of the infringing item. Mandatory confiscation can be enacted only by court for seven kinds of administrative offenses. Partial confiscation of the revenue instead of the entire sum is stipulated for four kinds of administrative offenses.

The size of fines for 45 administrative offences will be reduced. The application of administrative sanctions such as warnings instead of fines will be expanded. Warnings will be an option for 21 administrative offences.


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