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One year in office of the Government under Alenka Bratušek

The Government led by Alenka Bratušek inherited a very difficult situation: Slovenia was in the grip of speculative financial markets, while an atmosphere of mistrust and instability pervaded the domestic political scene. But despite the many pessimistic forecasts, the past year was positive. 

 

The latest statistical data show that economic activity is improving (the last quarter of 2013 saw 2.1 per cent growth), which is only an added bonus to the important fact that the pressure of international institutions and speculative financial markets has already been easing for a few months. Lifting the country out of this situation was the first task of the Government of Alenka Bratušek when it assumed office, and it has been completed successfully. At the time, the interest rate on our ten-year bond was hovering around the psychological limit of 7 per cent, while it is around 4 per cent today, the lowest figure in the past three years in February, i.e. 4.02 per cent. 



Parallel to strengthening international confidence in Slovenia, the Government took urgent measures to achieve fiscal consolidation and stabilise the banking sector. The budgets for 2014 and 2015 ensured stable operations, and at the same time, the Government won a vote of confidence in the National Assembly. 

 

Because privatisation is very important for reducing public debt, a list of 15 companies in which the Government plans to sell its stake was made in spring 2013. Two companies have already been sold. The Slovenian Government also showed that it is committed to privatisation by holding conferences for investors in countries with potential strategic partners. They have already been successfully held in Moscow, Paris, Düsseldorf and Milan, with London being next. 

 

Re-starting the economy remains a crucial government priority. While so far, crucial economic measures have ensured the resources to finance the economy and help companies in trouble, the Government is now focusing on re-structuring companies, which was crucial for re-starting economic growth, according to the Minister of Finance, Uroš Čufer. 

 

The Government’s priorities in the next few months include overhauling the health-care sector, continuing the fight against corruption, economic crime and the grey economy, and improving the position and employment rate of the young. 

 

The Prime Minister recently said that we can look to the future optimistically, but realistically, as the crisis is not over, despite signs of recovery. Like the majority of European countries, Slovenia is at a major development crossroads. Therefore, it is crucial that we think through how we want to live in our country. The goal of this Government is for Slovenia to become a successful country again, while preserving social justice and solidarity – not only until the next general election, but for generations to come. 



   


Prime Minister Alenka Bratušek, Government of the Republic of Slovenia

"After a year of hard work it is obvious that the Slovenian Government managed to reverse the negative trend of economic activity by adopting appropriate measures,"

 

Prime Minister Alenka Bratušek commented the latest data on economic growth in the final quarter of 2013 released by the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia.

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Uroš Grilc, Minister of Culture

 

"The National Programme for Culture was the first and widest opportunity to define new policy in all areas of culture"

 

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Jernej Pikalo, Minister of Education, Science and Sport

 

"Knowledge is crucial.Our work is based on the idea

 

of developing every individual to the maxium of his or her ability."

 

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Karl Erjavec, Minister of Foreign Affairs

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Gregor Virant, Minister of Interior


"Continuing the fight against commercial crimes and corruption stays one of our first priorities."

 

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Dejan Židan, Minister of Agriculture and Environment


"Environmental cohesion stays in our focus also in 2014."

 

 

 

 

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