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12.01.18

Achievements of the Dr Miro Cerar government, 2014 to 2017

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When taking office the government committed itself to focusing above all on the wellbeing of the public, the economy and society as a whole, and to working together to put the country back on the right path, after the crisis years, to bring the benefits of development to all stakeholders. 

 

The results show that Slovenia is increasing the competitiveness of its business environment, and its attractiveness to foreign investment, and with them employment opportunities. 

 

Unemployment has undergone a sustained fall in recent years, while the workforce in employment is rising. Unemployment has fallen from almost 130,000 in 2014 to below 85,000 this year. The number of registered unemployed stood at 82,415 at the end of November 2017, down 0.7% on the previous month and down 14.9% on November of the previous year. Youth unemployment has halved during the government’s term in office. A total of 73,300 young people aged under 30 moved from unemployment into employment between 2014 and 2016. 

 

Measures to restructure over-indebted firms allowed them to stay in business, and preserved jobs. Corporate indebtedness has undergone a sustained reduction, thanks to the measures adopted and implemented. 

 

The risk of the burden of recovery and resolution falling entirely on taxpayers and the public in the event of a new crisis has been reduced. 

 

Market analysis revealed that the economy needs better tax legislation, to make it easier to reward and motivate staff. Accordingly we took the first step with a minor tax reform where bonuses of up to 70% of the average wage are exempt from taxation. Another major issue was the complicated and above all lengthy process for obtaining building permits, which was addressed by a trio of construction-related items of legislation, to provide for shorter and simpler processes and to find a balance between economic and environmental interests with the help of an arbiter. A third important step, namely more-flexible labour legislation, still lies ahead. 

 

To date EU funding has been used to support more than 270 projects, programmes and public tenders with a total value of EUR 1.7 billion with common objectives: growth, a rise in living standards, and new jobs. 

Of the total of just over EUR 3.2 billion of available EU funding, almost 60% has been allocated to projects to date. The funding is available until 2023, and is having a long-term impact on the quality of life of Slovenian citizens. 

 

The work of Dr Cerar’s government is also presented in an infographic highlighting a few key achievements.


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