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Yes to solidarity, but not at any cost


These days, everyone in Europe is talking about Greece. Unfortunately, they are not talking about the beauty of its islands or the sea, which would be appropriate in the hot summer, but its financial and political situation.

According to Eurostat, Slovenia is the most exposed country in terms of the share of GDP. “Slovenia has been and remains constantly committed to this, based on the principle of solidarity,” PM Miro Cerar said at yesterday’s press conference about Slovenia being ready to help Greek citizens in a difficult situation, adding that the Greek government should show that, in return, it is willing to make reforms.

Slovenia can express this expectation with all credibility, as it faced the possibility of taking a troika bailout less than two years ago. At the time, the government of Alenka Bratušek had to draw up comprehensive austerity measures and convince the international community that it was prepared to swallow the bitter pill of structural reforms and in this way exit the crisis on its own.

We have had turbulent years, marked by political and financial instability, but the data published by national and international institutions in recent months and the recent improvement in the credit rating show that the decisions taken in the past were correct.

Slovenes, who traditionally cherish ownership, find it hard to understand why prime Slovenian companies are being sold. But like the recapitalisation of banks, corporate deleveraging, structural reforms, etc., privatisation is only one of the measures required to ensure more permanent and stable growth. Yesterday, finance minister Mramor said that financial markets had assessed Slovenia’s work positively, as it is once again regarded as a financially stable country.

PM Cerar receives the Human Rights Ombudsman's report for 2014

Prime Minister Miro Cerar received the Human Rights Ombudsman, Vlasta Nussdorfer, who submitted her annual report for 2014. The Ombudsman presented pressing issues related to her work and included recommendations for improvement. The Prime Minister highlighted the significance of the report’s content and said the government would discuss the report in detail. more...

52 million euros of European funds for infrastructure in Slovenia

Two projects, submitted by Slovenia as part of the CEF cohesion national envelope (the side track from the Koper loading station and the upgrade of the rail connection between Poljčane and Slovenska Bistrica), totalling 39 million euros, have been proposed for funding by the European Commission, while 9 other, smaller projects submitted to the CEF open call total 13 million euros. more...

Statistical office: Fiscal situation in Slovenia still improving

According to Statistical office of the Republic of Sovenia (SURS), the country's exposure to Greece via the EFSF fund and direct assistance totals 925 million euros. In the case of a black scenario, when guarantees would be collected, this would not affect Slovenia’s public debt, but could increase the deficit. more...

Commissioner Jourová in Slovenia also on reform of the Slovenian judiciary

At the start of her consumer rights awareness campaign in the EU, Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Commissioner Věra Jourová arrived on a one-day visit to Slovenia. She met the Minister of Justice, Goran Klemenčič, the Ministry of Labour, Family and Equal Opportunities, Anja Mrak Kopač, and the Minister of Economic Development and Technology, Zdravko Počivalšek. more...

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