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We will not rest, despite good results

11.09.2015

Editorial

Macroeconomic indicators that Slovenia has seen recently are better than expected. Photo: Mostphotos
With series of press conferences by ministries, the government of Miro Cerar is beginning its presentation of achievements in the first year of government and the priorities for the next period. The good macroeconomic indicators that the country has seen recently are better than expected. GDP increased by three per cent last year, and 2.7 per cent this year, which means that the structural changes that were made and the difficult decisions have yielded results. The PM said that “Slovenia is taking the first really important steps from the crisis but is still far from the complete stabilisation of finances, the economy and social sector,” warning that it was important to maintain political stability and continue development. The PM also said that we should not be lulled by positive trends or unreasonably increase our appetites.

Taking stock of the work of his ministry one year into the term of the Miro Cerar cabinet, finance minister Dušan Mramor also said in Ljubljana on Monday that the good results "do not mean we can now rest". The ministry will continue to work on fiscal consolidation and restructuring the economy, he said. Commenting on public finances, Mramor said that there is a good chance that the goal of bringing the deficit to below 3% of GDP this year would be reached. In addition to GDP growth, Mramor highlighted improvements in the labour market. "People are getting jobs. Most of those who have found jobs are young people, which was our goal," he said. He said that foreign and domestic trust in the country were the reasons for job growth, adding that good prospects were not automatic, so we should continue on the planned path.

The 48th International Trade and Business Fair took place at Celje fair facility, featuring 1,500 exhibitors from 38 countries. At the opening, PM Cerar said that Slovenia has a great deal of development potential, including a high-quality workforce, an adaptable technological and industrial base, the ability to operate in the unstable global market, a well-developed infrastructure, stable energy supply and reliable web connections.

The transition to a green economy, which is low-carbon, efficiently uses resources and is socially responsible, also has development potential. In this respect, comprehensive integration is crucial, and the most vital elements are prosperity for the people and respect for nature. Currently, the draft framework programme for a transition to a green economy and the action programme for 2015 and 2016 is being publically debated. The environment and spatial planning ministry believes that by going green, the Slovenian economy will become more competitive, while people will understand and respect the limitations of the environment. Among other things, the ministry wants to enhance activities in the management of natural resources and encourage the development of Slovenian know-how, which is already making an impact in Europe.

Encouraging growth of Slovenian economy

At the opening of the 48th International Trade and Business Fair in Celje, PM Miro Cerar mentioned encouraging economic forecasts, which give him faith that the situation in the labour market will additionally improve. He said that further improvement in the labour market would lead to an increase in private investments and domestic private consumption. But we should not be lulled by positive trends or unreasonably increase our appetites, said the PM. more...

48th International Trade and Business Fair – an opportunity to forge new business partnerships

Between 8 and 13 September, 48th International Trade and Business Fair is taking place in Celje. Exhibition areas covering 65,000 square metres feature over 1,500 exhibitors, including a record number of group presentations by foreign economies. China, which also has a national pavilion at the fair, will have the biggest presentation, while other group presentations are by Brazil, India, Italy, Hungary, Taiwan and Turkey. The chambers of commerce and business associations from Canada, the UK and the USA will present opportunities for business cooperation more...

Slovenia supports milk buy-ins to provide humanitarian aid to refugees

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Together to a green economy

On Wednesday, 9 September, the environment ministry organised a discussion entitled Together into a Green Economy. The discussion was organised to launch a public debate on the blueprint for a framework programme for a transition to a green economy and the action plan for 2015–2016 in order to establish dialogue and partnership between stakeholders for green growth in Slovenia. The green economy is one of Slovenia's strategic guidelines. more...

Climate change easier to tackle with Global Calculator

On 10 September, EN-LITE, an association that promotes energy literacy, together with the Chamber of Commerce of Slovenia and the Slovenian National Committee of the Slovenian Energy Council presented the advantages of using the Global Calculator web tool. The tool makes it possible to predict future climate changes, particularly the rise in temperature, based on different ways of handling the environment, and thus adapt activities in different areas. more...

Slovenian producers presentations in KaDeWe, the biggest fine food shop in Europe

During the ‘Slovenian Weeks’ in the Berlin supermarket KaDeWe, one of the most well-known and biggest supermarkets in continental Europe, and with Europe’s biggest gourmet department, eleven Slovenian producers are presenting their wares between 7 and 19 September. During this time, customers will be able to buy Slovenian products, including honey, salt, pumpkin seed oil, Carniola sausage, wine, etc. The goal of the presentation is to place Slovenian products in major German gourmet shops. more...



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