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Government Priorities

The state as a key development promoter

The Government of PM Miro Cerar: The new cabinet under Miro Cerar has given new impetus to Slovenia. Several years of economic crisis have revealed a number of social problems, which the new ministerial team will be forced to take on if it is to restore the country’s international reputation and economic strength.

 

Therefore, this Government will focus on restoring people's trust in the state and its fundamental pillars of governance (political, social, cultural, financial, economic, etc.). The state should become, and be perceived as, a provider of support for development in the wider public interest based on five key principles:

  • respect for the rule of law: crucial focus will be on ensuring systemic support to implement legislation, decisive action against corruption and permanent tenure of judges with a probationary period. Within the judiciary, there will be zero tolerance of corruption. 
  • creating a predictable and stable business environment by simplifying procedures for acquiring funding, permits and information, improving the control over the collection of contributions and taxes, implementing controlled privatisation and the effective absorption of development funds.
  • developing the professional potential of public servants and improving public services
  • promoting an open dialogue with civil society, particularly by including representatives of civil society as initiators of development and to optimise the operation of the public sector, by establishing a transparent and stable system of financing civil society and by including the results of the non-governmental sector in general performance indicators of society.
  • a healthy, innovative and competent society that provides social support.

The Government will attain its fiscal policy goals sustainably (balancing the budget, eliminating the deficit, the long-term sustainability of public finances). The measures will be conceived so as to avoid having a negative affect on the competitiveness and growth of Slovenian economy as much as possible, while not affecting the most vulnerable groups of population.

 

In order to restore the trust of the people in financial, supervisory and legal institutions it is very important to define responsibility for the so-called under-performing loans in Slovenian banks, while (controlled) privatisation of some parts of the economy will be crucial for preserving the confidence of foreign investors and financial markets. Faster systemic deleveraging and re-structuring of the corporate sector will also contribute to this.

 

With regard to infrastructure and energy, adopting sector-specific strategies is crucial for developing the country. Therefore, a strategy of transport infrastructure development is being prepared which will be based on the coordinated development of road, rail and maritime transport, which will also provide a basis for the effective absorption of EU funds.

 

Within the national energy programme Slovenia will strive for a stable, effective and sustainable energy supply where energy will be defined as another development opportunity, while concrete decisions on possible future energy projects will be made.

 

 


That Slovenia is a social state is one of the most significant provisions of the constitution. The government has a duty to provide high-quality health care, education and other forms of social security to the population. These systems have been considerably affected by the economic crisis and austerity measures, but the new Government is committed to taking a step forward: adjustments to individual systems are absolutely necessary, but they should be subject to an overall vision of what we want to achieve with them.

 

Part of this vision includes the Government’s endeavours in the area of social policy, where it will seek to reduce the number of people below the poverty line by promoting employment among all age groups and establishing a simple and transparent system for claiming (social) assistance. Through gradual entry to and exit from the labour market, the Government will promote early employment and later retirement. A major aspect of social policy concerns demographic change, so adjusting resources to ensure decent pensions and a comprehensive system of long-term care are crucial.

 

In education the vision is to have creative, confident and solidarity-focused individuals. The Government will strive for a clear separation between public and private education, strengthening life-long learning and the connection of schools with the wider environment, the local community, industry (where the responsiveness of the education system to social changes and the needs of the labour market is crucial), research institutions (making education the focus of development policy) and non-governmental organisations.

 

With regard to the existing health-care system, the priority is to ensure financial sustainability while preserving the rights of full, compulsory health insurance. Health-care sector costs will be partly streamlined by introducing joint public procurement, while there will be zero tolerance of corruption in the health-care sector. Public and private health-care activities should be clearly distinguished. The overall vision of the Government in this area is accessible, high-quality and effective public health-care.


Based on an analysis of the current situation, some priority projects have been defined:

  • comprehensive improvement and renovation of buildings owned by the government, local authorities and private owners, with which the Government seeks to increase energy efficiency (saving energy, implementing so-called green public procurement), promote government and household spending and provide an indirect incentive to the construction and wood-processing sectors.
  • simplifying the public procurement system, which is significant particularly in terms of lowering costs, the economy of procurement and greater efficiency
  • green budget and tax reform, which should become a long-term guideline and promote a faster structural overhaul of the Slovenian economy and its sustainable development. This refers to a gradual reduction of grants for projects detrimental to the environment and using taxes to lower the tax burden on labour. One of the key tasks of the project is to establish a model for rewarding environment-friendly projects and penalising projects that are harmful to the environment.
  • introducing fiscal cash registers and the prompt payment of social contributions, which is another step in tackling the grey economy.
  • promoting social entrepreneurship, cooperatives and economic democracy, as this sector supports innovation and creativity, strengthens society’s social capital and creates new jobs for various groups of people in local environments.