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Flexicurity on the labour market

15.05.2015

Editorial

The government is aware that Slovenia has to introduce a more flexible labour market, but this should be done so as to ensure stronger legal and social protection. In this respect, Cerar highlighted the significance of flexicurity. Photo: Mostphotos
Due to globalisation, changes on the labour market are happening much more quickly today than they did a few decades ago. About 40 per cent of active workforce has atypical forms of employment. The Prime Minister Miro Cerar said that “the age of precarious work poses many challenges that affect lowering salaries and the formation of a new social class. Therefore, many employees cannot life off their salaries any more. According to the PM, the changing labour market and individual stories present a “special challenge” to Slovenia. The government is aware that Slovenia has to introduce a more flexible labour market in an appropriate way, but we must agree to introduce the changes in a way that will ensure stronger legal and social protection. In this respect, Cerar highlighted the significance of flexicurity on the labour market.

This week, Slovenia received several important messages: it is among the best EU members with regard to implementing budgetary and reform recommendations of the Commission. Four recommendations with several concrete proposals for action regarding the budget and reforms show that these years there has been significant progress in several crucial areas, Nevertheless, the efforts should continue. Finance minister Dušan Mramor is very satisfied with the Commission’s recommendations, as he thinks these areas should be addressed even if they had not been included in the recommendations.

The measures will definitely include measures to improve access to funding for SMEs. As economy minister Počivalšek said at the small business summit last week, the government is aware of the significance of SMEs and has focused on three goals when creating a more favourable business environment: reducing administrative obstacles, changing labour legislation and lowering the cost of workforce.

One of Slovenia’s goals also remains improving the effectiveness of tax collection and lowering the extent of grey economy. Certified cash registers will be introduced this year. Yesterday, the government discussed draft tax reform: a comprehensive plan of tax projects drawn up by the finance ministry that includes amendments to several tax acts in order to restructure tax burden, particularly to reduce the burden on labour and improve economic competitiveness.

According to Mramor, Slovenia was definitely a success story in 2014, as the latest figures show that growth was "close to four percentage points higher" in 2014 than it had been forecast in 2013, which was also confirmed by the forecast published yesterday by EBRD.

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