The opposition plans to submit to parliament next Wednesday a package of draft laws aimed to continue reforms and create a favorable climate for small and medium business, Yulia Tymoshenko has announced, BYuT press office reported.

"During the meeting of the opposition government we’re going to propose that next Wednesday the draft laws that our opposition team developed be considered," Yulia Tymoshenko said during a meeting of the opposition government.

The first bill was developed by representatives of small business and would introduce a simplified tax system. "Every point has been verified and we’re going to insist that this draft law be put on the agenda for Wednesday [session of parliament] so that our small business owners can stop worrying that they’ll cancel the simplified tax system altogether," Yulia Tymoshenko said.

Yulia Tymoshenko also noted that given that Viktor Yanukovych has failed to fulfill his promise to introduce a five-year tax holiday, the opposition has submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a bill introducing such a tax holiday until 2016. "Because Yanukovych forgot about this promise, we’ve introduced a bill that would give small businesses that make up to a certain amount in revenue annually a tax holiday for five years until 2016," she said.

Yulia Tymoshenko believes that if Yanukovych does not want to deceive his electorate, "then on Wednesday they [the parliamentary coalition] are obligated to vote for this law in the first reading, and as a whole once it is revised."

The opposition government is also calling for the adoption next Wednesday of a law that would increase accountability for authorities that obstruct business activities. "The problem is not that there aren’t enough laws, it’s that even the good laws that were adopted by the Verkhovna Rada and our government in 2008 aren’t being implemented by certain officials. That’s why we’d like to strengthen accountability for officials who obstruct business," she said.

"The fourth draft law that we’re introducing was developed by our team and significantly reduces the number of activities that require licenses by 27 and oversight bodies by 45%," said Yulia Tymoshenko.

"The final draft law deals with local government because at times they don’t facilitate but obstruct small and medium business. The fifth law we’re going to propose relates to certain rules according to which local government bodies have to support small and medium business."

"This is a package of reforms to create a favorable climate for small and medium business, which have been developed together with small and medium business owners, and which I believe will fundamentally change the system and allow small and medium business to develop," said Yulia Tymoshenko.

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