There has been a considerable lag in Montana’s economic development. In 2015, employment rates shrank, which entailed a drop in salary incomes, consequently, in average incomes in the district too. Montana remains the least attractive district for foreign investment, and the municipalities in the district have failed to compensate the lack of private investment with sufficient EU fund utilization. The low levels of taxes and fees and the relatively good administrative services have failed to compensate the influence of negative factors such as the poor infrastructural development in the district.

Montana is one of the districts most seriously affected by the country’s demographic crisis. The educational system has been successful in enrolling a substantial part of the eligible for education but the deteriorating grades at matriculation exams indicate a decline in quality. Healthcare quality is close to the country average, and the environment is in a relatively good condition. Though crime rates have been below average, the clearance crime rate has gradually been falling and the judicial system is inefficient. The intensity of cultural activities is much lower than the national average levels.

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