Review Hari Stefanatos
A meeting was held at Brdo at Kranju on Monday between the Slovenian government coalition partners to discuss budget plans. The coalition partners emerged from the 4-hour meeting with a message of unity: “The coalition is on the same page regarding the fundamental measures”, where the words of PM Miro Cerar.
The main plans of the government revolve around a redistribution in this year’s budget, together with devising measures regarding revenues and expenditure for next year, so as to reduce the deficit below 3% of the GDP.
According to the PM, the government is planning legislative motions along those lines that will be brought to Parliament in the coming weeks. “This was the topic of today’s discussions”, said Cerar.
Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec, the leader of the Pensioners’ Party (DeSUS) sent his own message of unity after the meeting saying: “if we want the government to successfully implement the required measures, we need full support in parliament”, while added that one of the possibilities for finding reserves for the 2015 budget was a better management of state assets, which currently stand at around EUR 120m in dividends from the government’s shares in companies, which he feels could be improved.
At the same time, Social Democrats (SD) leader Dejan Židan stressed the importance of keeping welfare intact, and welcomed the government’s decision to not consider implementing a welfare contributions cap for the time being.
Židan is also taking extra cuts in the public sector without reaching an agreement with the trade unions, recognising however the need to extend current measures for savings in the public sector.
Cerar characterised the first reactions from the trade unions to the government’s standpoints for measures for next year as excessive. “The talks need to be constructive,” he said ahead of Wednesday’s continuation of the talks.