BUSINESSMEN CALLING FOR FAIR PLAY AND CRACKDOWN ON CORRUPTION.
Without the rule of law and without a resolute fight against corruption, economic growth cannot be achieved. All institutions constitute the social infrastructure pushing society forward and they have to be efficient, said participants in the forum that the Economic Chamber of Macedonia organized Monday, Alsat M reports.
"Court rulings not being executed for 11 years, market conditions inequality, justice system flaws, second-stance commission tender procedure setbacks and so on and so forth ... This speaks volumes of the fact that time has come to come together and table these and other issues," said Branko Azeski, President of the Economic Chamber of Macedonia.
At the moment, the business community believes that the business environment in the country is far from satisfactory.
Informal economy, corruption, unfair play, slow administration, excessive discretionary rights of certain institutions including courts... These are not problems created yesterday. They have instead accumulated over a long span of time. If you add to them the problems that have recently emerged as a result of the inefficiency and incompetence of our judicial authorities, then you realize that addressing the rule of law concerns is a pressing need if we want to create conditions in which the country can function properly.
EU Ambassador Samuel Zbogar also attended the forum. He stressed that the European Union was based on the respect for laws and regulations and that only with the rule of law could economic growth be achieved.