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Influence of chambers to be slashed

THE ECONOMY Ministry plans to reduce the status and powers of professional organisations and intends to cancel obligatory membership fees. The move is a major shock for the organisations.

"Chambers with obligatory membership fees are, without doubt, unjustified barriers to starting a business," Economy Minister Róbert Nemcsics said.

The ministry claims that there are 19 professional organisations in Slovakia while the daily SME counted 22 chambers with obligatory membership fees. The chambers regulate the entry into the professions and oversee the performance of professionals. Currently, a pharmacist cannot open a pharmacy, nor a lawyer start practicing without the permission of the chamber.

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