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It's time to settle the accounts

06.02.2015

Editorial

With the measure to introduce certified cash registers on 1 January 2016 the government seeks to promote voluntary fulfilment of tax obligations, in addition to reducing the grey economy, in order to prevent people from issuing invoices or issuing invoices with cash registers that are not in accordance with legislation. Photo: Mostphotos
Citizens of every country rightly expect to be treated equally by the law. This must also apply to equal treatment with regard to paying taxes. No-one wants to settle the bill for someone else, and it is a fact that taxes and contributions are a major resource for the national budget and that avoiding the payment of one's liabilities has an effect.

With inspection checks, the Slovenian government has established that business taxpayers operating with cash most often avoid paying taxes by not issuing invoices, or changing or subsequently deleting electronic copies of their invoices in the records, while destroying the original copies.

With the measure to introduce certified cash registers on 1 January 2016 that was announced today (the exact date will be known when the draft act has been adopted), the government seeks to promote voluntary fulfilment of tax obligations, in addition to reducing the grey economy, in order to prevent people from issuing invoices or issuing invoices with cash registers that are not in accordance with legislation. The government is promoting the introduction of certified cash registers directly connected to the computer system of the Financial Administration, which will raise an additional 50 to 100 million euros annually for the budget, particularly in the form of value added tax.

As we are striving to increase the informatisation of several processes, the introduction of a new technical measure should not be too time consuming or costly. Still, we can always learn from good examples, such as e-governance. This subject was also discussed by prime ministers Miro Cerar and Taavi Roivas when the Slovenian PM visited his Estonian counterpart in Tallin. Among other things, Slovenia wants to learn about Estonian e-governance solutions that can be applied to any area of society, from public administration and elections to health care and trade.

Today, it is necessary for Slovenes to remember our written language and the giants who shaped it. The 8 February is a national holiday commemorating our great poet France Prešeren, who is also the author of the word to our national anthem, as well as his exceptional poetry and liberalism. He showed us, and the world, that the Slovenian language can realise great literary ambitions and produce great works.

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Good economic cooperation with France

On 2 February, Alain Richard, France's special representative for the Western Balkans, visited Slovenia and met its leaders. The purpose of the visit was to continue the existing excellent political dialogue between Slovenia and France and strengthen economic cooperation. France sees Slovenia as a major and reliable economic partner and appreciates the highly skilled and professional Slovenian workforce. With economics and technology minister, Počivalšek, Richard also discussed the opportunity of cooperation in countries in the Western Balkans, where Slovenian and French companies could be presented on the market together. more...

Baby sleeping pillow and air-conditioning system awarded at Start up Days

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The LIFE+SloWolf project among the best European environment projects

The project to conserve and monitor the conservation status of the wolf population in Slovenia (SloWolf) was selected by member states and the European Commission as one of the best projects within the EU LIFE LIFE programme. The awards will be presented on 4 June in Brussels during Green Week. more...

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