The Slovenia Times

Govt urged to revise coalition agreement, form social pact


The coalition agreement "is not very specific when it comes to improving the business environment, but very specific when it comes to improving the standard of living, which will require major tax increases", Boštjan Gorjup, the president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS), told the press on Tuesday.

The employers therefore believe that "all goals should be studied in a broader context of financial sustainability and checked to see how they influence the economy."

The employers thus call on all coalition partners to sit at a table to examine individual measures, see what the priorities are, and set a timetable, said Gorjup.

Branko Meh, the president of the OZS chamber of small business, and Employer Association president Marjan Trobiš stressed "there is no prosperity without business".

Meh criticised the Left, the opposition party which supports the Marjan Šarec government, for its attitude towards some Slovenian businessmen.

"We're not undermining the government, but we don't agree with the Left. The emerging government must change the coalition agreement," Meh said.

Similarly, Chamber of Commerce president Mariča Lah said they were worried as the Left's power was considerable regardless of its political status.

"The government will be forced to take the Left's demands in account, and this will be very, very dangerous in certain fields," she stressed.

According to the president of the Association of Craftsmen and Entrepreneurs, Drago Delalut, small businesses are "very disappointed" with some of the statements made by politicians.

"The coalition agreement is catastrophic. We urge the government to think soberly and invite us to talks to produce a new strategy for more prosperity for all," said Delalut.

Gorjup and Lah stressed that the situation in international markets had been worsening, with trade wars and currency risks showing positive trends would not continue.

The coalition agreement promises a gradual increase in funds for healthcare, culture, pensions, minimum wages and social benefits, which we all want, said Gorjup.

"However, we'd like to point out that in the current international situation, the business sector finds it unacceptable for the promises to be delivered quickly and without systemically establishing what is financially sustainable."


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