09:34 23.01.2024

Govt officials hold meeting with businesses after Mazepa's arrest

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Representatives of business and government held a meeting on Monday regarding pressure on business, the catalyst of which was outrage over the case of the arrest of investment banker Ihor Mazepa, founder of the investment holding EFI Group (Effective Investments) Ihor Liski said.

"The good thing: the quick response of government officials (Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk, First Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Economy Yulia Svyrydenko and Deputy Prime Minister for Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov). They listened to us carefully, and it seemed to me that they heard us!" he wrote.

According to him, at the meeting there were many constructive proposals to change the legislation to radical steps, "which a desperate business is capable of."

"I personally proposed changing not the legislation, but the approach and attitude towards entrepreneurs! Dramatic events in the country require rapid changes in the social contract, where law enforcement agencies will perform a different function, not punitive... and the attitude towards businesses that create jobs and pay taxes, will turn into respect," Liski said.

At the same time, he pointed out as a negative aspect of the meeting that all those present from the authorities have no real influence on the security forces.

"Therefore, I really hope that they will convey our demands and proposals to the president, and there will be real changes, and not an attempt to talk about the problem," the businessman concluded.

According to the photo he presented, senior adviser to the head of the President's Office Daria Zarivna and Deputy Minister of Economy Oleksiy Sobolev were also at the meeting from the authorities.

From business at the meeting, in particular, there were co-owner and head of Astarta Viktor Ivanchyk, Chairman of the Council of the Federation of Employers of Ukraine Dmytro Oliynyk, Chairman of the Ukrainian Association of Employers of Light Industry Oleksandr Sokolovsky, Head of the Anti-Raider Union of Ukraine Andriy Semydidko, owner of X-Park Yuriy Zozulia, Director economic programs of UIF Anatoliy Amelin, most of whom are, like Mazepa, signatories of the social movement Manifesto 42.

Manifesto 42 earlier on Monday announced a transition to more radical forms of protest against the arbitrariness of the rear security forces against business and announced on February 1 the suspension of companies for one hour if the government does not begin to solve the problem of pressure on business.