Reducing administrative stress for entrepreneurs

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From the next year, the administrative stress should be reduced for entrepreneurs and legal entities as well as exemptions from the payment of selected administrative fees. Measures aimed at improving the business environment and meeting the business community were prepared by the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic in cooperation with the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic. The changes will be incorporated in the draft law on protection, support and development of public health, which will be submitted by the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic to the interdepartmental comment procedure (MPK) in the near future. In addition to de-bureaucratization, this step also brings savings of one hundred Euros per entrepreneur.

At present, all plants, including administrative premises, have to undergo regulatory assessment by the relevant public health authority, so they are obliged to ask for approval for the operation, which many entrepreneurs considered to be excessive bureaucracy.

“After considering all the relevant arguments and with the intention to reduce the business burden in Slovakia, we decided to delete the assessment activity for selected types of operations by replacing it with a reporting obligation. These include, for example, administrative premises, physical-sports facilities, public catering and outpatient facilities, human body care facilities, convalescent events or accommodation facilities with the exception of accommodation facilities for social services and accommodation facilities for social and legal protection of children and social guardianship,” said Minister of Health of the Slovak Republic Andrea Kalavská.

At the same time, it emphasizes that replacing the assessment activity with a notification obligation will also apply to those establishments that have already been approved by public health authorities and only change the individual – entrepreneur or legal entity that operated the premises and no change in operation.

The estimated estimate of the number of companies that will not be subject to review activity is approximately 11,580.

“The aforementioned change will not reduce the protection of public health, as these operations will continue to be controlled by the relevant public health authority in the exercise of state health surveillance. I would like to emphasize that it will be possible to streamline and intensify the state health surveillance with regard to the release of the capacities that have been used up to now,” said the Chief Health Officer of the Slovak Republic Ján Mikas, saying that the reform of the assessment work of public health authorities is also based on the National Project “Optimization of Public Health Processes”.

In order to improve the business environment, several other obligations should also be abolished. Another reform change is the abolition of the operator’s obligation to submit operating rules for the approval of the relevant regional public health authority by selected establishments, but the obligation to elaborate it still remains. These include, for example, mass catering facilities, physical-sports facilities, human body care facilities and accommodation facilities, with the exception of social services facilities and social and legal protection facilities for children and social guardianship.

The obligation to submit to the public health authority a certificate of authorization to do business and a document of the competent building authority on the use of the building for the purpose under consideration is also abolished (the role of public health authorities is to assess measures in terms of their potential health impact and not to control compliance with other competencies. government authorities) and the obligation of employers to announce selected data relating to staff in category 2 from each year to every 5 years is changing.

The Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic and the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic are planning the effectiveness of the amendment to the Act from 1 January 2020.



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