Nearly 85% of entrepreneurs do not rate government assistance during the pandemic as adequate. This comes on the heels of surveys conducted by the Slovak Business Alliance (PAS) among a hundred entrepreneurs at the end of the year. The survey was conducted with the financial support of the Foundation of the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic.
The biggest problems complicating the business in 2021 were closings of operations (35%), low turnover (32%) and shortages of staff or materials (both 26%). Less than 17% of companies said they had no problems.
More than half of entrepreneurs believe the government is unable to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, they criticize the transfer of state tasks to employers (staff testing, prosecutor’s office controls), their financing, incomprehensible and constantly changing regulations, insufficient assistance and non-inclusion of certain sectors in assistance plans (eg suppliers of the equipment sector) .
However, entrepreneurs appreciate the many laws or measures adopted by the government in 2021. The best assessment was the adoption of an amendment to the Commercial Licensing Act (35%) from the workshop of the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic, which reduced the size of the administrative burden.
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