The Slovenia Times

Opposition critical of excessive red tape


SDS leader Janez Janša stressed that excessive administrative burdens were one of the key obstacles to faster development in Slovenia, and claimed that the government mostly refused to listen to what businesses had to say.

Among the proposals, he highlighted the provision that each new regulation should bring an abolishment or merger of several existing ones, as well as the proposal to abolish obligatory certified tax cash registers.

However, Economy Ministry State Secretary Eva Štravs Podlogar pointed out that the government had undertaken a comprehensive plan for cutting red tape and several measures had already been implemented with great success.

Marko Ferluga of the coalition Modern Centre Party (SMC) backed her up, highlighting positive economic trends and declining unemployment as signs that the business environment in Slovenia was improving.

The coalition SocDems and Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) were even more critical towards the SDS's claims, arguing that the recommendations were inconsistent, lacked concrete considerations and were only part of a campaign for the general election next year.

On the other hand, Matej Tonin of the opposition New Slovenia (NSi) backed the Democrats' view that the business environment in Slovenia did not allow effective development of businesses, especially by putting great burdens on small businesses.


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