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Slovenia Business Week no. 31: Prime Minister Satisfied Two Years After Elections

Jansa believes that the results reached in the economy, in particular inflation and unemployment, show that the situation has improved exceptionally under the current governing coalition

Slovenia is in a much better position than it was two years ago when the current government took over, Prime Minister Janez Jansa told the press on Tuesday, 3 October, exactly two years after the current government parties won the general election.

Jansa believes that the results reached in the economy, in particular inflation and unemployment, show that the situation has improved exceptionally under the current governing coalition.

Slovenia is also in a good position internationally, in the EU as well as NATO. It will be the first of the new EU members to adopt the euro on 1 January 2007 and it will hold the EU presidency in the first half of 2008, he noted.

Jansa also stressed that the budget deficit and taxes are decreasing. "For the first time in Slovenia's history the citizens will be paying lower taxes. At the same time the companies will also be less burdened," he pointed out.

Jansa also rejected the opposition's accusations that the government has been interfering in business and media.

"Slovenia's business is doing extremely well. The shares of companies in which the government has been said to be interfering, now reach higher prices than two years ago," he added.

Jansa also assured that the state would withdraw from most of the companies in which it owns shares in the following years.

The eighth Slovenian government is a coalition of the Slovenian Democrats (SDS), New Slovenia (NSi), People's Party (SLS) and Pensioners' Party (DeSUS). The parties hold 49 seats in the 90-member legislature.

Source: Slovenian Press Agency STA

Author: STA, Slovenian National Press Agency