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Government okays second package of measures to improve business environment

They aim to improve conditions for family businesses and remove some administrative obligations for employers.

(Source: Sme – Ján Krošlák)

The government has approved a second package of measures to improve the business environment in Slovakia. The 23 measures in the package, prepared by the Economy and other ministries, should help improve conditions for family businesses and remove certain administrative obligations for employers. Entrepreneurs have been pushing for such measures on a frequent basis.

“We have prepared this second package of measures to improve the business environment,” said Economy Minister Peter Žiga after the cabinet session on May 16. “We have worked on it for about nine months. We addressed about 60 various associations, business organisations and people active in the business environment. We selected about 200 ideas and based on these adopted 23 measures to improve the business environment.”

The measures are aimed at improving the ranking of Slovakia in international comparisons, making the country more attractive for investors and setting up an environment that will provide employers with good conditions for conducting business. The Ministries are supposed to prepare several changes by the end of this year. The Economy Ministry also plans to analyse five procedures and regulations that should form the basis for the adoption of further changes.

Read also:Entrepreneurs call for improving the business environment

The employers’ obligation to report the start and end of an employee’s maternal or parental leave to the social insurance provider Sociálna Poisťovňa should be cancelled. Another measure is to extend an exemption vis-a-vis illegal work for close family members in other forms of business. Employers will thus be able to use the assistance of a family member while also observing the stipulated conditions for other legal forms of business without the threat of a fine from the supervisory authorities or another sanction.

Conditions for companies that want to join the dual education system should also be improved, namely by removing the deadline of September 30 stipulated by the law for submitting applications for verifying the employer's eligibility for joining the scheme.

Entrepreneurs should no longer have the obligation to submit certain documents that can be obtained from publicly available registers. The government also plans to introduce targeted system tools to support the enhancement of employees’ IT and communication technology skills.

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