Legal support for small and medium businesses

05/07/2019

The Government has just issued Decree 55/2019/NĐ-CP on legal support for small and medium enterprises.

This Decree details the legal support activities for small and medium enterprises; responsibilities of ministries, ministerial-level agencies, provincial-level governments, other agencies, organizations and individuals involved in the legal support for small and medium-sized enterprises.

The legal support for small and medium-sized enterprises is focused, on a timely basis, consistent with the goals of support and the ability to balance resources; ensure publicity, transparency and efficiency; no overlap, duplication.

Legal support activities for small and medium enterprises are implemented on the basis of coordination between state agencies and representative organizations of small and medium enterprises; organizations and individuals providing legal support services for small and medium enterprises and other relevant agencies, organizations and individuals.

The legal support for small and medium businesses is prioritized through organizations and individuals providing legal support services.

Based on the resources, support programs, agencies and organizations that provide legal assistance to small and medium enterprises, they shall decide to provide support in the following priority order: Small and medium enterprises owned by women or enterprises employ more female workers to apply for eligibility for prior support; small and medium enterprises employing 30% or more of the total number of labourers who are disabled under the provisions of the Law on persons with disabilities; Small and medium enterprises apply to meet the conditions of support first.

The State encourages and promotes policies, facilitating agencies, organizations, businesses and individuals to participate in providing legal support for small and medium enterprises; mobilizing social resources to contribute to the legal support activities for small and medium enterprises.

The Decree specifies the legal support activities for small and medium enterprises, which build, manage, maintain, update, exploit and use the database on: Legal documents; legal obstacles.

Besides, building, managing, maintaining and updating data on: Court judgments and decisions; judgment of commercial arbitration; decisions on handling competition cases; decisions on handling administrative violations related to enterprises; written response of state agencies to legal problems of small and medium-sized enterprises; legal advisory documents of the network of legal consultants and procedures for supporting legal consultancy expenses.

The Decree takes effect from August 16, 2019.

Source: chinhphu.vn

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