Vitaliy Klychko: Small and Medium-Sized Businesses in Ukraine Are Forced to Struggle for Survival

30.09.2012 15:39

Ukraine lacks a competitive market environment, which would allow small and medium-sized businesses to earn an honest living. The government created a monopoly, which allows it to earn money, while honest entrepreneurs have to struggle for survival and pay enormous taxes and numerous bribes just to keep their business. Leader of the “UDAR” Party Vitaliy Klychko addressed this issue during a meeting with voters in the Zhytomir oblast.

In response to questions from residents of Novohrad-Volynsky, Vitaliy Klychko stated that Ukrainians are having a hard time demonstrating their abilities and starting their own businesses because of the system. He added, “Small and medium-sized businesses form the foundation of any modern country’s budget. Over 50% of tax revenue comes from small business, as well as two-thirds of all jobs. In Ukraine, however, entrepreneur cannot work – they have to fight for survival.”

Klychko reminded the audience that his team developed a small and medium-sized business support program. During a meeting with Berdychiv residents, he pointed out, “Today, Ukrainian entrepreneurs pay more taxes than businessmen in any other European country. We suggest abolishing all but 7. We also suggest waiving taxes for 3 years for any new startups, five for new businesses in agricultural or depressed regions. We have already proposed this plan to the government, and will fight for it in the next Parliament. We need to give small and medium-sized businesses an opportunity to work, because we have no other choice. All developed countries had to do this.”

During his trip to Zhytomir oblast, Klychko also introduced Mykola Faydun to the voters. Faydun is a single-mandate candidate from “UDAR” in electoral district #63. He officially promised the local community not to betray their trust and to protect the interests of the local residents in the Verkhovna Rada.

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