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Slovenia Business Week no. 43: Government to Discuss Reform Blueprint on 28 October

On the same say, it intends to send to Brussels its programme to implement the overhauled Lisbon Strategy

The government is scheduled to discuss a blueprint for a thorough economic and social reform on 28 October. On the same say, it intends to send to Brussels its programme to implement the overhauled Lisbon Strategy.

The government had announced some time ago that it would send the Lisbon programme with a six-day delay, on Friday, 21 October.

The sending date, however, has been further delayed because reforms have been put out to public debate, which is still underway.

The government spokesman Valentin Hajdinjak told STA that the government would like to get as much response from various social groups as possible before taking a final decision on the reforms.

The blueprint for a set of comprehensive reforms was drawn up by a government reform committee led by Joze P. Damijan in a bid to upgrade the competitive ability of the Slovenian economy.

The debate has shown that the employers largely support the blueprint for reforms, which the government considers a good basis to thoroughly reform the economy and the welfare state.

Trade unions, on the other hand, have been warning that the planned reforms are tailored to the needs of the rich, and would make the poor even poorer. They most severely criticised one of the cornerstones of the reform - a flat tax rate.

Only nine EU nations have met the 15 October deadline for the Lisbon Strategy national programmes, with the European Commission expecting to get most of them by the end of the month.

Source: Slovene Press Agency STA

Author: STA