Survey: Corruption now biggest problem, say businesses

The four most immediate problems in the Slovak business environment are the same as four years ago but corruption is now ranked as the most serious, according to a Slovak Business Alliance (PAS) survey carried out by analytical unit TREND Analyses as part of its Report on the State of Business Environment in Slovakia.

The four most immediate problems in the Slovak business environment are the same as four years ago but corruption is now ranked as the most serious, according to a Slovak Business Alliance (PAS) survey carried out by analytical unit TREND Analyses as part of its Report on the State of Business Environment in Slovakia.

Like four years ago, businessmen see the poor quality of law enforcement, vaguely formulated laws, the payroll deduction burden and corruption as the most problematic issues. "The difference is that the problem of corruption has jumped from fourth to first place in the chart," PAS executive director Robert Kičina said, the TASR newswire reported. He added that as many as 85 percent of businessmen consider corruption to be a critical obstacle in running a business (as opposed to 65 percent in 2006).

Poor law enforcement is as serious a problem as it was in 2006, according to 85 percent of respondents. Ambiguous laws and the payroll tax burden claimed third and fourth places, both being seen as problematic by 80 percent of businessmen. The survey was conducted on a sample of 214 company owners in May.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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