Meeting with leading business executives yielded concrete revelations

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The consultations between the government and leading business executives held at Brdo pri Kranju on Monday brought concrete revelations that will be used in future work, Prime Minister Miro Cerar told after the debates. The business side also welcomed the government's concrete plans. 

Prime Minister Miro Cerar met leading members of Slovenia's business community in order to seek, through constructive and sincere dialogue, clear solutions designed to additionally strengthen the economy, increase Slovenia's international competitiveness and consolidate trust between the Government and the business community.

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Ministers from various departments sat down with representatives of the business community to seek ways to create even better conditions for doing business and developing businesses. Sincere and constructive conversations were held in ten separate discussion groups focusing on challenges relating to employment, new investment, the elimination of uncompetitive elements of the tax environment, transport infrastructure as the foundation for a competitive economy, strengthening the confidence of the business enterprise sector in the justice system, high-quality and efficient public administration services, integrating education and the business sector, exploiting Slovenia's development potentials, and changes in health legislation and building regulations. The purpose of the discussions was to define short-term and long-term targets in individual fields and to seek common solutions that will improve people's lives.

Conference participants identified as possible measures to increase investment in Slovenia the greater promotion of Slovenia as a country that is attractive to investors, with an emphasis on the circular economy, implementation of the "one-stop shop" principle, adoption of an investment law that will allow incentives and the equal treatment of foreign and domestic investors, and the creation of a stable and predictable business environment, including through labour legislation reform.

With regard to the need for an efficient tax system that guarantees a competitive business environment, conference participants highlighted necessary changes in the field of taxation of active incomes and salaries, the promotion of equity or capital financing and taxation of immovable property. They also proposed changes to tax incentives for research and development, an overhaul of existing tax incentives for employing young people and lump-sum taxation for micro-enterprises. 

The completion of Development Axis 3 by 2023, the ranking of Slovenia among the top five European countries in terms of smooth traffic flow by 2030 and construction of the second track of the Koper–Divača railway line by 2025 are the most important long-term infrastructure goals that will contribute to making the economy even more competitive.

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Speaking after the conference, the Prime Minister said that such cooperation is the key to Slovenia's further development in the future. "If we work together, we are strong and successful. This is something we know how to do in Slovenia, as we have already demonstrated many times." 

Minister of Economic Development Zdravko Počivalšek said that he believes that economic growth will reach a record level this year, although further steps need to be taken to enable the business environment to be even more competitive, such as the elimination of administrative obstacles, the introduction of flexible labour legislation, and tax reform. 

Boštjan Gorjup, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS), commented that today's event had a positive focus. "We did not stop at seeking solutions, we also made decisions. We agreed a range of measures whose realisation we will now monitor," he said after the conference.

The Government and the representatives of the business community agreed that cooperation (or "SLO-operation") and dialogue can lead to concrete solutions for the future of Slovenia.