The Slovenia Times

Economy Minister Candidate Cleared by Parliament Committee


The former boss of drug maker Lek, who has served as economy minister before, said he had no political ambitions and merely wanted to help improve the economy.

He proposed, among other things, a public-private fund tasked with recapitalising companies. He moreover believes that Slovenia needs to implement mechanisms to increase the level of state asset management and to "withdraw the part of politics functioning by rules different from those of the economy".

Slovenia should continue to process of privatisation, however it should adopt a selective approach, he said. Given the drop in value of companies in the crisis, Slovenia should not simply sell under any condition.

This means that the country must find the best suited investors capable of guaranteeing development at the companies, said Dragonja.

Touching in youth unemployment, the ministerial nominee said that the young should become more aware of their responsibility to enter the labour market at the right time. He said Slovenia should shape the funding of higher education in line with the needs of the labour market.


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