In September 2014, KPMG member firms surveyed business leaders in eight CEE countries (Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia), asking them to share their opinions on their national economies, the euro, foreign investments, the tax environment and on company remuneration and staffing policies.
The web-based survey collected responses from 456 executives, managers and company owners in those countries included in the survey. By business sector, industry accounted for 29% of responses, followed by wholesale and retail trade (14%). Forty-four per cent of respondents came from companies with less than 50% of their shares held by residents, that number being the highest in Hungary (67%). Eighty-nine per cent of respondents represent top company management and 11% company owners, while 30% are females. Fifty per cent of respondents are from companies with turnover exceeding EUR 25m and 65% of the companies are active in export markets.
According to the survey, conditions for doing business in the CEE8 countries are seen as satisfactory, although respondents were keen that simplified tax systems, especially flat-rate income taxes, be maintained or introduced. Key issues in the immediate future will be retention of talent, but also competitiveness and relatively slow growth in local demand. There is a strong case made for nuclear to play its part in energy policy.
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