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A friend in need…

30.04.2015

Editorial

Slovenian government is unified on measures, reforms and aid. Photo: STA
Since the earthquake, Slovenia has been closely following the situation in Nepal, a country with which Slovenians have been closely linked through mountaineering and the love of mountains. For example, on the initiative of the Slovenian mountaineer Aleš Kunaver, a Slovenian mountaineering school was established in Manang in 1979, which offered the people there a better life through education and ensured that expeditions had as few accidents as possible. So, Slovenian mountaineers have always not only climbed mountains in Nepal, but also helped people. Therefore, the Slovenian government was quick to offer assistance to the affected people in Nepal. At its last meeting, the cabinet approved 50,000 euros of direct financial aid to the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef). PM Miro Cerar stressed that we are open to other forms of aid and that Slovenia would probably send a group of physicians to the affected areas.

Recently, at a special international conference that was also attended by Slovenia's deputy prime minister and minister of public administration, Slovenia also expressed its support for Ukraine. In his speech, the minister said that Slovenia, which has undergone transition itself, can help Ukraine with experts and by offering experience, but that Ukraine must lead and guide and reforms with great determination herself.

We will also need this kind of commitment ourselves. The government recently approved the final text of the National Reform Programme for 2015 and 2016 and the updated Stability Programme, which must be sent to the European Commission as part of the so-called European semester in the next few days. The National Reform Programme follows three major goals: promoting investment, structural reforms and fiscal responsibility, while encouraging economic growth and employment and appropriately stressing the social element. After the approval of the NRP, finance minister Dušan Mramor announced a reduction in the administrative burden regarding taxation, procedures for acquiring planning, construction and location permits and also the promotion of the e-service. He said that the government would also make the judicial and taxation systems more efficient, and effectively manage state assets through well-considered privatisation. “We have made a greater effort to coordinate different goals, which are a whole and can take Slovenia to the path of sustainable development and long-term success as a whole," said Slovenia’s PM Cerar.

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