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Never again?!



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The OECD survey on tax schemes in different countries, which has recently been presented by some Austrian media, established that decision to have children is not governed only by economic reasons. The OECD (as you will see in continuation, its Secretary General visited Slovenia to meet the country's political leaders just this week) highlighted Slovenia as an example of a country, where the inclusion of fathers, employment rate of women and pay difference between both genders strongly influences the decision to start a family.

From today’s perspective, it would be interesting to see what was the decisive factor for women, men, couples deciding to have children seventy years ago, after World War II had just ended. Within the commemoration of the event, the Slovenian statistics office published that the number of births fell most drastically in 1945, while no major decrease was recorded between 1941 and 1943. The decline was so dramatic that is still revealed on the population pyramid.

Although the recession in the EU is officially over and Slovenia is expecting growth over two per cent this year (according to the spring forecast of the European Commission) it is hard to avoid comparisons with the period before World War II. Several years of economic crisis, numerous and expanding conflicts at Europe's doorstep, growth in cultural intolerance and the gap between the rich and the poor: yes, there are more than enough reasons to say once again, with careful consideration: Never again.

Certified cash registers to reduce unreported taxes

At yesterday's regular session, the government of Slovenia approved the text of the Act on Verification of Invoices, which will enable transparent and reliable recording of cash transactions of taxable persons. At the press conference following the government session, the state secretary at the Ministry of Finance, Mateja Vraničar, said that this pursues two major goals: to stem or reduce the grey economy connected to the issuing of invoices and enable more effective oversight of unreported work and employment. more...

Gurría: Slovenia's turnaround is impressive, but there is still a lot of work ahead

The latest Economic Survey of Slovenia says that with economic reforms, Slovenia has managed to overcome the crisis, but further measures to strengthen the banking and corporate sectors, stabilise debt and create jobs are needed. The economic survey of Slovenia presented in Ljubljana by the OECD’s Secretary-General and Slovenia’s Prime Minister Miro Cerar shows that the reform measures that Slovenia has implemented since the beginning of the crisis helped it return to growth after 2014. more...

Connecting nations and countries

Slovenia’s foreign minister Karl Erjavec and Russia’s minister of mass media and communications, Nikolai Nikiforov as co-chairmen of the intergovernmental Slovenian-Russian mixed commission for trade and economic and scientific-technical cooperation urged the strengthening of relations between the countries, both in economic areas and several others (culture, science, health care and forest management). Both ministers said that cooperation between the countries was good and intensive in different areas, while the foreign minister additionally said that Russia was a major economic partner of Slovenia and its sixth most important export market. Therefore, he finds it important that regardless of the circumstances and restrictive measures imposed by the EU, Slovenia has maintained a level of trade in goods. more...

Brussels also improves the forecast for Slovenia

The European Commission forecasts that after strong 2.6 per cent growth last year, growth will slow down somewhat this year. Compared to the February forecast, according to the Commission there has been an improvement of 0.5 per cent to 2.3 per cent of GDP this year, while forecasting a decline of 0.2 per cent to 2.1 per cent of GDP next year. In both cases, the figures are above average for the eurozone. The forecast for the fiscal deficit has remained the same as in the winter and autumn: 2.9 per cent of GDP. The forecast for the next year has also not changed since winter and stands at 2.8 per cent of GDP. Slovenia should bring deficit under three per cent this year. more...

Expo 2015 Opens, Slovenia Launches Own Pavilion

Slovenia launched its own pavilion as the Expo 2015 world show opened in Milan, Italy, on Friday, 1 May. The country is being promoted as a green, healthy and active, which Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek said was also the foundation of our social and economic development. The minister of economic development and technology underscored that Slovenia was pursuing several goals at Expo, where it is one of 52 countries with its own pavilion. It wants to raise the profile of its promotional slogan, I feel Slovenia, and of the country itself, as well as raising the profile of Slovenian products and making them more accessible in the Italian market and globally. more...

The Return of Ambassadors of Art - Works of Art from the Yugoslav Succession

Ten years after the dissolution of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY), the Agreement on Succession Issues was signed, confirming that the dissolution of the former common state had resulted in five sovereign and equal successor states, including Slovenia. The Agreement made for a just distribution of the rights, obligations, property and debts of the former SFRY. One of the areas the Agreement covers is the distribution of diplomatic and consular properties of the former SFRY abroad, including the works of art contained in them (Annex B to the Agreement). more...

Invitation to research participation

The Government Communication Office supports research and knowledge, especially if it is connected with the image of Slovenia. For her PhD thesis, Ms Vesna Kuralt is researching brands from Slovenia. She is interested in how tourism influences brand visibility and country image. We kindly ask you to share your experience or opinion. more...

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