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Slovenia Business Week no. 19/2005: CCIS: Business Officials Want to Take Part in Creation of Strategy

According to CCIS vice-president Mateja Mesl, the chamber has already sent the government a set of measures for making Slovenia's economy more competitive

Slovenian business officials would like to take part in the creation of Slovenia's new development strategy and the drafting of a Lisbon Strategy action plan, an official of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIS) told the press on Wednesday, 4 May.

According to CCIS vice-president Mateja Mesl, the chamber has already sent the government a set of measures for making Slovenia's economy more competitive.

"We intend to tell the government how, where and why we must make changes that are needed the most - I'm talking about the tax system, labour legislation and education system," Mesl said.

The set of proposals for the government was put together during the recent Business Week. According to Mesl, the Lisbon Strategy is not something that could be implementing with one measure or by one minister.

Achieving economic growth and employment growth requires a set of measures and structural reforms in at least five fields: business framework, investment in R&D, labour market flexibility, bolstering the internal market and ensuring sustainable development, Mesl said.

"The Lisbon Strategy is not merely a political campaign and cannot succeed merely with political efforts," she stressed. This was echoed by another CCIS vice-president, Cveto Stantic, who stressed the reformed development agenda must not be turned into a political stunt.

The Lisbon Strategy contains very general goals, such as higher economic growth and better jobs, Stantic claimed. "Brussels will not tell us what to do. It is up to us to ensure that we make the most of it," he said.

Stantic stressed that the state must provide better support for Slovenian companies wanting to go global, especially for those looking to do business in Brazil, Russia, India and China.

At its last session, the CCIS administrative board took a decision to spend an extra SIT 130m (EUR 580,000) on bolstering investment in research and development, helping companies go global and promoting public-private partnership, Mesl said.

According to Mesl, the chamber has also undertaken analysis into how the government should be spending in order to promote the economy.

Source: Slovene Press Agency STA

Author: STA