Business welcomes the Plan on Deregulation
The European Business Association has always advocated the need for deregulation of the Ukrainian economy and actively provided proposals in this regard. At the same time, given hostilities, the importance of simplification of the conditions for doing business increased even more.
Therefore, in April of this year, the EBA positively accepted the proposal of the Ministry of Economy and provided a range of proposals for the deregulation of economic activity. Conventionally, the EBA proposals could be divided into two categories – temporary simplifications for the period of martial law and more complex proposals for the implementation on a permanent basis.
The temporary simplifications requested by the business included cancellation of the list of critical imports and relevant currency restrictions for business, simplification of the conditions for imports into Ukraine, namely, the possibility of importing goods without mandatory labeling and permit documents, tax and customs simplifications, as well as a moratorium on inspections and improvement of environmental standards. Among the proposals for the permanent implementation was the cancellation of a range of permit documents that are not used in the EU (e.g. the conclusions of the sanitary and epidemiological examination), further digitization of the state, namely, the possibility of e-documents, further simplification of the conditions for obtaining permits, namely, in the field of construction and f environmental protection, etc.
Recently, the draft Plan on Deregulation and Business Support was published on the website of the State Regulatory Service of Ukraine.
The EBA welcomes the publication of such a draft Plan and found in it not only the proposals that we addressed to the Ministry of Economy but also many other interesting proposals aimed at improving the conditions for doing business in Ukraine (for example, regarding the simplification of some permit procedures, including environmental impact assessment, the declarative principle for some licenses, deshadowing measures, etc.).
In response to the publication of the draft Plan, the EBA prepared an official letter in which it provided more than 50 comments on the proposed steps, particularly, on customs and tax procedures, licensing, excise products, currency restrictions, etc.
Therefore, we hope that the Plan on Deregulation and Business Support will not only be adopted but also implemented considering business proposals.