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Crisis Partnership Initiative Presented to President


The NSi said on Saturday, when it first presented the initiative to the press, that they wanted Pahor as the "highest authority in the state" to host the talks.

Novak said after the meeting that the president welcomed the idea and would see if other parties liked it as well. She said that Pahor believed the meeting could be called at the beginning of November if parties agreed to the idea.

She added that today's meeting was Pahor's idea and that he was thinking about a similar initiative. Novak is also very happy that Prime Minister Alenka Bratušek expressed support for it.

While most coalition parties do not seem too enthusiastic about the proposal, Bratušek told the STA that she "was all for it and I believe we really need" a broad social consensus. The PM believes that the partnership should not discuss only short-term measures but also long-term measures.

"This....should determine which path Slovenia should take: the path of the Scandinavian countries with high taxes and relatively broad social rights or the path of the Baltic countries with lower taxes and a very low level of social rights," she said.

Bratušek added that she would not choose the latter option for Slovenia. "I am certain that most of the citizens would not either," she told the STA.

Coalition partners on the other hand are sceptical about the initiative. The only exception was Citizens' List (DL) president Gregor Virant.

The opposition however seems supportive. The People's Party (SLS) said they were satisfied to see NSi thought the same way as they did. A broader consensus was mentioned as a way to overcome the crisis also by Democrats (SDS) president Janez Janša.


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