The Business Environment Index (IPP), published by the Business Alliance of Slovakia (PAS), has gone up for the first time in eight years.
Slovak entrepreneurs assessed the second half-year of 2018 more positively than in the previous period. The IPP increased by 0.09 percentage points compared to the second quarter of 2018, scoring 44.82 percent in total, PAS informed in a press release.
The last time the index increased was in the third quarter of 2010, PAS pointed out. Although the assessment of the business environment has stopped falling, it cannot be described as satisfactory.
In 2018, Slovakia scored only 48.7 percent of the 2010 assessment in the index, according to PAS.
Barriers in business
The effectiveness of the state management, access to state aid, bureaucracy, the application of the principle of equality before the law, and the clarity and consistency of law have again been identified as top barriers by businesses in Slovakia.
On the other hand, they positively evaluated functioning state institutions, including tax offices.
“They appreciate the amendment to the law on public procurement, which promises to accelerate the process,” said PAS, as quoted in the press release.
Similarly, they gave a positive evaluation to the law amendment on the land register, which is believed to offer more efficiency, as well as the proposed changes in the police corps.
However, PAS remains skeptical.
10. Apr 2019 at 13:34 | Compiled by Spectator staff