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Response to the position of the Fiscal Council regarding the coalition agreement

The Government supports the work of the Fiscal Council as the independent and autonomous body overseeing the country’s public finance policy. At the recent meeting with the leadership of the Fiscal Council, Prime Minister Dr Robert Golob expressed his interest in constructive future cooperation and dialogue about the important questions of fiscal stability.

As with the rest of the world, Slovenia is facing numerous challenges. The COVID-19 epidemic, war in Ukraine and inflation have resulted in all-encompassing rising prices, which requires the Government’s action in various fields. In the coalition agreement, which was concluded in these uncertain and challenging conditions, the coalition partners identified the key needs of the country. As explained upon the signing of the agreement, which represents the guidelines and political priorities of the Government led by Dr Golob for the next two terms, the partners will supplement the coalition agreement every six months if necessary due to the difficult circumstances. The Government is aware of the risks highlighted by the Fiscal Council, and it will observe them when designing specific measures.

The numerous factors mentioned will have a significant impact on the actual realisation of the objectives in the coming period. In the next months, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia will invest its efforts in urgent short-term measures and begin resolving long-term systemic challenges. The urgent short-term measures include in particular measures in healthcare, regarding which an intervention act, a COVID-19 exit strategy and the management of growing energy and food prices are being drafted. The Government will strive for the specific measures or steps to be sustainable and harmonised with the state’s fiscal capabilities, and it is also aware that additional inflows will have to be sought for the needs highlighted as priority. The Government wishes to avoid an increase in the tax burden, and it will search for opportunities provided by investment in green and digital transformation. To improve the sustainability of measures, it is important to invest prudently in productive investment, which will among other things also increase inflows in the state budget.