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Belarus concerned about interpenetration of CIS, Baltic shadow economies

MINSK, 2 November (BelTA) – Tax evasion and running businesses off the data grid remains a serious destabilizing factor blocking economic reforms. National interests lie in law-enforcement effort consolidation, Deputy Chairman of the State Control Committee (SCC) of Belarus, director of the financial crime management department Grigory Veremko stated at a meeting of the CIS tax agencies coordinating council, BelTA learnt from the SCC press service.

White-collar crime counteraction is task No. 1 for any country. Grigory Veremko updated the meeting participants on the countermeasures the Belarusian State Control Committee provides against financial crimes in the country. Systemic work on crime prevention saves the country from huge material damage and helps bring illegal income into the budget. This year the budget revenue, due to the work of the country’s financial crime bodies, increased by 17% from the previous year.

Grigory Veremko expressed concern about an active interpenetration of the CIS and Baltic shadow economies which participants continue developing new interstate criminal schemes.

Among the most negative factors is pseudo-entrepreneurship. The recent years have seen its considerable growth in the country. The same is true about other states as well. The coordinated work of the relevant bodies will help address the problem.

Keeping this in mind, the tax evasion and financial crime bodies have two priorities for 2012: the fight against pseudo-entrepreneurship and prevention of illegal outflow of funds.

The Belarusian delegation took part in the 13th meeting of the CIS tax agencies coordinating council in Baku in late October. The meeting focused on the role the CIS tax agencies play in ensuring the economic security of the Commonwealth and improving cooperation against corruption.