Ukrainian Entrepreneurs Sound Alarm Over Mobilisation Law

In Ukraine, leading business associations are sounding alarms over proposed draft legislation aimed at overhauling the mobilisation process for troops. The European Business Association, representing approximately 1,000 companies, and the Ukrainian Business Council, representing over 100 associations, have raised concerns about the potential impact of the legislation on the country’s economy.

The European Business Association emphasises the importance of striking a balance between military requirements and economic stability. With the legislation set for discussion in parliament, fears have been ignited among businesses, who foresee potential disruptions to an already embattled economy.

Businesses across various sectors in Ukraine fear that the proposed changes to the mobilisation law could severely impact their operations. Concerns range from potential staff shortages in export industries to logistical challenges such as the commandeering of civilian vehicles.

The Ukrainian Business Council has called for a comprehensive revision of the draft legislation, highlighting contentious proposals that could adversely affect businesses. Key concerns include the arbitrary seizure of private vehicles and the lack of proper oversight in the digital delivery of draft notices.

In particular, the council advocates for clearer guidelines to protect critical staff from conscription, especially in high-skilled sectors. David Arakhamia, head of the ruling faction in parliament, acknowledges the complexity of the task and stresses the importance of balancing the interests of the military, businesses, and citizens.

Amidst these concerns, business associations are advocating for meaningful dialogue with authorities to ensure that their voices are heard and to find mutually beneficial solutions. The IT sector, a vital component of Ukraine’s economy, has expressed particular apprehensions regarding the proposed legislation.

Mariia Shevchuk, head of an IT Association, highlights issues such as the potential impact of online call-ups and the cancellation of draft deferrals for individuals pursuing second degrees. She stresses the need for dialogue with the authorities to address these concerns and emphasises the sector’s potential contribution to the economy and national defence efforts.

As discussions continue, it remains imperative for policymakers to engage in constructive dialogue with business stakeholders to mitigate potential adverse impacts and ensure the resilience of Ukraine’s economy in the face of evolving challenges.

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