The Slovenia Times

Opponents of Real Estate Tax to Step Up Action



The Chamber of Trade Crafts and Small Business (OZS), the Farmers' Trade Union, the Agriculture and Forestry Chamber, Cooperatives Association, Slovenia's two municipality associations, the Civil Society Group for a Just Slovenia and the SLS, are against fast tracking the bill and want the document thrown out of parliament procedure.

They demand that an agreement of all parties involved on the 2014 and 2015 crisis measures, OZS president Branko Meh told the press after the meeting.

If their demands are not met, the group will sit down again on Wednesday to discuss future action. They intend to start a petition and demand meetings with the government and parliamentary parties.

If this fails, they will launch more "drastic measures", said Meh, mentioning the possibility of protests. He warned that the planned tax would force 10-15% of entrepreneurs into closing their business.

Ivan Žagar, the president of the Association of Municipalities and Towns, said the tax would additionally burden the residents and take away up to 20% of municipalities' funds.

Also taking part in the meeting were representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS), which however distanced itself from the demands arguing that protests could do additional harm to Slovenia's economy.

The fate of the bill remains uncertain also due to opposition to a new tax within the coalition, as the Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) opposes the tax that would weigh heavy on many pensioners.

Following a coalition meeting on Monday, Positive Slovenia (PS) deputy group head Jani Möderndorfer said they discussed a compromise solution. The DeSUS executive committee is to vote on it tomorrow.


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