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Slovenia Business Week no. 40: Jansa Says Planned Reforms Not Radical

Addressing the press after meeting the government's reform committee on 28 September in Ljubljana, Jansa said the proposed measures were "good and balanced"

Prime Minister Janez Jansa has tried to allay fears about the planned economic reforms in Slovenia, saying they are "not radical, but tailored to upgrade good solutions that have been used up".

Addressing the press after meeting the government's reform committee on Wednesday, 28 September in Ljubljana, Jansa said the proposed measures were "good and balanced".

According to him, the reforms would be outlined to the public after the government reviews them.

Meanwhile, the head of the reform council said that planned measures are "by no means a revolution". The aim is to help boost economic competitiveness, accelerate economic growth and raise the standard of life, Joze P. Damijan said.

According to Damijan, the team has come up "with a balance concept of reforms in the economy and social affairs that should help Slovenia develop and Slovenians live a better life," he said.

Damijan said that the group would put its proposals on paper by the end of this week. The document is then expected to be forwarded to the government, with a debate expected to be held first by the coalition parties and the government.

The reforms are then expected to be presented to all the deputy groups. The social partners are to be summoned for a debate thereafter, Jansa said, adding that the government expects to adopt the final reform document around 20 October.

"This is a project that will help Slovenia face new challenges," Jansa said. He explained that the proposals are based on the recently-development Development Strategy, which envisages Slovenia catching up with the average EU GDP by 2013.

However, Jansa remained tight-lipped about the details of the planned reforms. "We will begin acquainting the public with the proposals next Thursday," he added.

He added that the drafting of the reform document would coincide with the drafting of Slovenia's Lisbon Strategy action plan that the country must send to the European Commission by mid-October.

"Since they are practically one and the same thing, the action plan is set to include a part of the measures put forward by the reform committee," the PM explained.

Source: Slovene Press Agency STA

Author: STA