According to the PM, the new Government will first review the situation of the state budget and propose a revised budget if needed, a draft budget plan for 2015 and a draft act on the fiscal rule. He also said that the government will initiate talks with the European Commission on the excessive deficit and the macroeconomic imbalances procedure.
In his morning address to deputies, the PM listed some of the cabinet’s crucial priorities. He first mentioned the continuation of restrictive fiscal policy through lowering expenditure, the more effective collection of existing taxes, and particularly by measures which ensure GDP growth. The competitiveness of the Slovenian economy is also to be improved by via corporate restructuring, continuing privatisation, and strengthened economic diplomacy. Among crucial areas significant for the development of Slovenian society, the PM highlighted health care, sports and measures for ensuring social security, social justice and responsible solidarity.
Although the latest economic indicators for Slovenia were encouraging (unemployment has been falling for three consecutive months, EBRD has forecast 0.7 economic growth for Slovenia this year), the Prime Minister is aware that citizens have great expectations of his Government and has ensured that his cabinet will implement policies that will take Slovenia out of several years of crisis, return the country to stability and overcome political instability.
“The Government believes in the policy of working together and constructive cooperation for the benefit of the people. I will promote and demand responsible politics, which will be reflected in constructive cooperation, civil political discussions and highly civilised public discourse.” also stated Prime Minister Cerar.
The new Slovenian Prime Minister, Miro Cerar, is a legal expert with a great reputation. He participated in drafting the Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia, and was a visiting Fulbright professor at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He has been a legal advisor on constitutional and other issues to the National Assembly and occasionally to other government bodies, law offices, institutes and chambers. In his columns and public appearances, Miro Cerar has always highlighted the significance of core values in everyday life, and particularly promoted a culture of greater dialogue and the improvement of political and legal culture.