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Crucial priorities: rule of law and sustainable development

03.10.2014

Editorial

Financial consolidation is the key priority of the new government. Source: Mostphotos
The new cabinet under Miro Cerar has given new impetus to Slovenia. Several years of economic crisis have revealed a number of social problems, which the new ministerial team will be forced to take on if it is to restore the country’s international reputation and economic strength.

Therefore, this Government will focus on restoring people's trust in the state and its fundamental pillars of governance (political, social, cultural, financial, economic, etc.). The state should become, and be perceived as, a provider of support for development in wider public interest based on five key principles, including respect for the rule of law, a predictable and simple business environment, the professional development of public servants and better public services and promoting open dialogue with civil society, which contributes to forming a healthy and innovative society that can provide social support.

While the latest economic indicators are relatively favourable, as both central institutions – the Bank of Slovenia and the Institute of Macro-Economic Analysis and Development – amended their forecasts for economic growth last week, the crucial priority of the new cabinet remains financial consolidation – i.e. eliminating the excessive deficit and ensuring the long-term sustainability of public finances – along with a user-friendly amendment to the substance and finances of the health-care, social and education systems.

So, despite temporary relief, the statement Prime Minister Cerar made to Reuters recently about how Slovenia could quickly find itself in the same situation as last year “…unless we do our task very carefully and meticulously, seek the best solutions and cooperate at the government level, as well as with parliament, the Bank of Slovenia, banks and other institutions” definitely holds true.

The Government of Prime Minister Miro Cerar: the state as a crucial promoter of development

The new cabinet under Miro Cerar has given new impetus to Slovenia. Photo: STA
The new cabinet under Miro Cerar has given new impetus to Slovenia. Several years of economic crisis have revealed a number of social problems, which the new ministerial team will be forced to take on if it is to restore the country’s international reputation and economic strength. Therefore, this Government will focus on restoring people's trust in the state and its fundamental pillars of governance (political, social, cultural, financial, economic, etc.). The state should become, and be perceived as, a provider of support for development in the wider public interest based on five key principles: respect for the rule of law, creating a predictable and stable business environment, developing the professional potential of public servants and improving public services, promoting an open dialogue with civil society and a a healthy, innovative and competent society that provides social support. more...

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