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Slovenia Business Week no. 03: Reforms Coordination Office Expects Busy Year

According to Damijan, the main objectives of the newly-established office are to increase economic competitiveness, provide dynamic economic growth and curb unemployment while maintaining social security

The new Government Office for the Coordination and Implementation of Slovenia's Development Strategy, headed by reforms minister Joze P. Damijan, presented its team and key areas of work on Wednesday, 11 January. Damijan said the office expected a busy year as the government goes about implementing structural reforms.

According to Damijan, the main objectives of the newly-established office are to increase economic competitiveness, provide dynamic economic growth and curb unemployment while maintaining social security.

"A year of compromises lies ahead of us, a year of social dialogue, which will hopefully bring a solution that in five-years time will make Slovenia one of the most successful European countries," Damijan said.

He claimed he had a very strong team at his disposal. The office is composed of a sector for economic and a sector for social reforms, and employs 15 people.

Andrej Horvat will act as state secretary, the cabinet will be run by Zivana Mejac, while Lidija Apohal Vuckovic and Bostjan Vasle will head the economic and social reforms sector respectively.

Damijan said the team has already been acquainted with the plans expert groups have proposed for the privatisation of two major Slovenian banks, the national telco Telekom Slovenije and the energy sector, and was in the process of forwarding an expert opinion to the government.

He also explained the Finance Ministry was in charge of finding a contractor who would design a simulation model forecasting the effects of the proposed reforms, adding he expected the first results in March.

Source: Slovene Press Agency STA

Author: STA