Finance Minister: Reducing Unemployment is Our Greatest Success; 150,000 New Jobs Have Been Opened

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Decreasing the unemployment is the main focus of the Macedonian Government, stressed Minister Zoran Stavreski at the presentation of the work report of VMRO-DPMNE.

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He pointed that after 10 years as a ruling party, he can proudly say that the unemployment rate drop is the greatest success of the Government of VMRO-DPMNE.

“There is no other recipe to reduce unemployment, than the one we knew from the start – lots of effort, dedication, and many right decisions. Decision in the direction of the main economic policies we carried out in the past 10 years. We have succeeded despite the crisis in the world and in Europe, Macedonia has managed to have an average economic growth of 3 percent in the period between 2007 – 2015. That is the fourth best result in Europe. Last year, in spite of the political situation we have managed to climb up to the fourth position. That is the result of our work since day one. First, we have lowered the tax rates. By that, we left that money to the companies to invest it in their businesses, instead of loading it into the Budged,” Stavreski said.

The second element of reducing the unemployment is by continuing the policies of attracting foreign investments.

“The third thing we succeeded to improve was the conditions in the economy to run a business. This implies that every public institution work better, more efficiently, in the service of business and citizens. With measures such as improving the work, and the capacity of the Real Estate Cadastre, of the Customs Administration Office, the Public Revenue Office, the Central Registry, the Ministries, all those in charge to create better conditions for companies to run their businesses. By this, we have helped the domestic, and the foreign investors,” Stavreski added.