ACCORDING to a new study, conditions for doing business in Slovakia are worsening under the government of Robert Fico. The study is based on a survey of 200 companies conducted by the pro-business think tank Slovak Business Alliance (PAS) .
Most businesspeople think that the government has not solved the long-term problems of Slovak business and that new laws implemented during the present administration have done more harm than good, according to the study. The survey was carried out to mark the halfway point of Fico’s four-year term, the Hospodárske Noviny daily wrote.
Respondents did praise the new regulations that eased Slovakia’s entry into the EU and the Schengen zone. They also positively evaluated the final-stretch euro adoption process that included a balancing of the state budget.
Over all, the Fico government received “fails” from the business community.
The government seemed unconcerned about the survey's results. A spokesman said the government was more interested in official statistics than surveys.
“For us, statistical data are important,” Miroslav Šmál, spokesman of the Finance Ministry told the daily.
He said that the growth dynamics of the Slovak economy, which is at the top of the whole European Union and will remain there, is what matters. Adoption of the euro and other “pro-growth measures” should contribute to this.
Laws submitted by the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family received the worst evaluation from the entrepreneurs.
They say that since Fico took power, changes to the labour market, to payroll taxes and to other taxes, worsened conditions for doing business in Slovakia.
7. Jul 2008 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports