The Slovenia Times

PM Under Pressure in Parliament After Real Estate Tax Fiasco


The government tweaked the act last week following a rising tide of criticism and complaints due to wrong data and incomplete records, deciding to scrap the plan to tax housing without registered residents more than owner- or renter-occupied housing.

The proposals only triggered a new barrage of criticism from the opposition, who say the latest developments provide yet another proof of the government's unwillingness to take into considerations proposals from the opposition.

President of the opposition People's Party (SLS) Franc Bogovič will want Bratušek to give an explanation who will compensate property owners for the costs they have incurred through the contentious provisions that the government has now decided to annul.

Considering that the government has not decided to change the planned 0.75% tax rate for commercial real estate, which businesses have opposed, Jožef Horvat of the opposition New Slovenia (NSi) will challenge Bratušek whether she believes the tax will contribute to the revival of economic activity in Slovenia.

Horvat will pose the question as part of a broader question in response to Bratušek's recent comment that Slovenia is better off today than it was a year ago when her government took over.

Similarly, Valentinčič Kristina of the coalition Citizens' List (DL) will want to know whether the government is also considering reducing the tax rate for commercial real estate.

She will also quiz the PM about whether her government has prepared any alternative scenarios if the real estate registry will not be put in order on time despite the latest tweaks it has adopted.

The controversial act, which is also being examined by the Constitutional Court, will also be discussed by the Finance and Monetary Policy Committee on Friday at the request of the opposition Democrats (SDS).

The main other item on the agenda of the four-day session will be changes to the freedom of information act that are expanding the scope of disclosures to state- or municipality-owned companies.


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