The Slovenia Times

PM Wishes to Focus on Economy in 2014, Doesn't Define Measures


The PM does not expect a major cabinet reshuffle, announcing that the new economy and health ministers would be picked only after the coalition agreement is coordinated.

Other changes are possible, "but not because the ministers would not be performing but because of more effective cooperation", Bratušek said for the Saturday supplement of the daily.

Infrastructure and Spatial Planning Minister Samo Omerzel remains in office for now, but his company will not be allowed to do business with the ministry or state-owned companies.

As regards the healthcare reform, Bratušek said that all four coalition parties were in favour of preserving a quality public service in healthcare. The division between public and private services will have to be made more clear and the system of concessions reviewed, she announced.

The PM also mentioned possible adjustments in the basket of rights within basic healthcare services, the supplementary insurance scheme and the network of health care providers.

She is considering inviting the opposition and more experts to participate in the project, which "can no longer be postponed as was the case with the fixing of banks".

Bratušek said that the size of the bank shortfall, which could end up costing up to EUR 6bn, is no reason for joy, but she is convinced that Slovenia will manage the costs on its own and that the state guarantees for the bad bank will not be cashed in.

Commenting on President Borut Pahor's view that the state should sell all its banks, the PM said that she was more reserved when it came to this question and that she would for now stick to parliament's decision that a controlling stake be preserved in the NLB bank.


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