The Slovenia Times

Measures in Health to Headline October Session of Parliament


Headlining the agenda of the session are the set of emergency measures in health care set down in the changes to act on health care and health insurance act with which the government wants to raise fresh revenues for the health purse.

In line with the bills drafted by the Health Ministry, as much as EUR 43m in additional annual revenues will be generated by taxing income which has so far not been levied with health contributions, such as royalties, and raising levies on sole proprietors.

The debate on the proposal, which has stirred heated debate even within the ranks of the coalition, as the Citizens' List (DL) opposed additional burdens for sole proprietors, is scheduled for Friday.

While the government has requested that the debate on the emergency bill be fast-tracked, the opposition has questioned this and a vote on the type of procedure is scheduled for Monday.

As is customary, the session will get underway with questions time on Monday. Prime Minister Alenka BratuĊĦek and the cabinet team will be on hand to answer questions from the parliamentary benches.

On Tuesday, the National Assembly will begin the debate on the changes to the tax procedure act, which aims to step up the fight on the informal economy by imposing a super tax on tax dodgers.

The piece of legislation which will undergo the full three readings is aimed at catching those whose assets exceed their declared income.

The parliamentary session will be suspended on Wednesday to allow for the session of the parliamentary Finance and Monetary Committee dedicated to the budget bills for 2014 and 2015, but lawmakers will return to the benches on Thursday to discuss the Human Rights Ombudsman's report for 2012.

Changes to the notaries act that will lift the requirement for reciprocity for notaries from EU countries, the European Economic Area and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is also scheduled to be debated on Thursday.

In addition to the emergency health care legislation, MPs are scheduled to debate on Friday a bill on pharmaceuticals whose main aim is to transpose EU legislation dealing with safety of medication and the prevention of counterfeit medication into Slovenian law.

The session will run until Tuesday, 29 October, with schedule for the second week including a debate on the changes to the banking act with which the government wants to introduce the EU's "bail-in" rule.

Under the rule struggling banks will be forced to tap their shareholders and bondholders before being able to get taxpayer bailouts.


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