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Red tape and law enforcement woes

ACCORDING to Slovak Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda, excessive domestic and European red tape and weak law enforcement are the main barriers faced by business in Slovakia at the moment.

"Corruption is lower than four years ago, but there is still a lot of it here," Dzurinda said at a Hospodárske noviny Club discussion forum on May 16.

"We need to talk about public tenders, about the length of time they take, and about the suspicions of corruption that often accompany them," he said.

The PM also believes that court proceedings take too long and lack transparency. The many new laws and amendments have destabilised the business environment, he said.

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