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Moldovan government continues to reduce pressure on business environment

18:46 | 05.02.2018 Category: Official

Chisinau, 5 February /MOLDPRES/ - The process of consultations and giving the final touches to a draft law meant to reduce pressure of sanctions on the business environment was discussed with representatives of development partners and business community at a today’s meeting chaired by Prime Minister Pavel Filip.

According to the government’s communication and protocol department, the PM said that one of the cabinet’s priorities was to improve the business environment and investment climate through revising the control and sanctioning policy. In this respect, decision-makers undertook more actions, among which cut in the number of institutions with control duties from 58 to 18, decreasing the number of permissive acts by about 60 per cent, simplification of the reporting procedures. Nevertheless, the system of sanctionings, which includes the law-enforcement bodies, has not been improved as yet.   

The participants in the dialogue stressed that the initial version of the draft, proposed in 2017, had been quite ambitious. Following the discussions, the Justice Ministry, with the support of the Economic Council, excluded from the draft more provisions triggering unclear things.  

As a result, a separation of the draft in two parts was proposed. Thus, a part will contain urgent stipulations demanded by the business community, with optimum benefits for the state and society. This draft is to be given final touches by the Economics and Infrastructure Ministry in a short period.  

The second part will include more conceptual changes, regarding the institutional framework and powers of the law-enforcement bodies. The document is to be in continuation worked out, with the involvement of experts on behalf of the civil society and development partners, being subjected to a comprehensive analysis during a longer period.  

Development partners’ representatives stressed that a new approach of the reformation of the sanctioning system in the economic sector was necessary; the reformation should be gradual, made step by step, with the active participation of the civil society. At the same time, the development partners showed openness for providing needed expertise to improve the normative framework to this end.