Public health and privatization process a challenge for PM Bratušek

Public health and privatization process a challenge for PM Bratušek


Review by Christos T. Panagopoulos –

Slovenian Prime Minister, Alenka Bratušek, will have a tough week at the National Assembly, which holds its October plenary on Monday, with issues like the financing of the public health purse as well as the process of privatizations remaining high in the agenda.

According to Slovenian media, Bratušek’s government and specifically the Ministry of Health, estimates that with the emergency bill as much as EUR 43m in additional annual revenues will be generated by taxing income. But this proposal has so far not been levied with health contributions, such as royalties, and raising levies on sole proprietors. On top of that, the Citizens’ List (DL) party, which participates in the governmental coalition, has opposed to additional burdens to be lifted by sole proprietors, stirring a heated debate.

As is customary, the session will get underway with questions time on Monday. Prime Minister Alenka Bratušek and the cabinet team will be on hand to answer questions from the parliamentary benches.

On Tuesday, the National Assembly will begin the debate on the changes to the tax procedure act, which aims to step up the fight on the informal economy by imposing a super tax on tax dodgers.

The piece of legislation which will undergo the full three readings is aimed at catching those whose assets exceed their declared income.

The parliamentary session will be suspended on Wednesday to allow for the session of the parliamentary Finance and Monetary Committee dedicated to the budget bills for 2014 and 2015, but lawmakers will return to the benches on Thursday to discuss the Human Rights Ombudsman’s report for 2012.

Changes to the notaries’ act that will lift the requirement for reciprocity for notaries from EU countries, the European Economic Area and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is also scheduled to be debated on Thursday.

In addition to the emergency health care legislation, MPs are scheduled to debate on Friday a bill on pharmaceuticals whose main aim is to transpose EU legislation dealing with safety of medication and the prevention of counterfeit medication into Slovenian law.

The session will run until Tuesday, 29 October, with schedule for the second week including a debate on the changes to the banking act with which the government wants to introduce the EU’s “bail-in” rule.

Under the rule struggling banks will be forced to tap their shareholders and bondholders before being able to get taxpayer bailouts.

Source: Slovenia Times