Local businessmen in Rimavská Sobota (Banská Bystrica Region) submitted a petition to the town’s council on Tuesday, August 3, calling for Chinese-owned shops in the town centre to be closed.
Some 150 entrepreneurs and local residents want the Chinese-owned businesses relocated to the edge of town in order to help “local” companies. They also want restrictions introduced on clearance sales. Members of the group said that they initiated the petition because they had seen the proceeds of their businesses falling, and many said they have been forced to go bust because they could not compete with cheap, low-quality Asian products and the tax exemptions that foreign entrepreneurs enjoy in Slovakia.
However, the authorities said the petition was unsubstantiated, and the town’s mayor said he would not act. “If a business meets the relevant criteria, the local council has to issue permission,” said Mayor of Rimavská Sobota Štefan Cifrus.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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4. Aug 2010 at 14:00