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Delo - Slovenia | 10/05/2013

Slovenia needs credible reforms

Slovenia's government wants to avoid having to request an international bailout programme by using privatisations and tax hikes to consolidate its budget. Among other measures the VAT is to go up from 20 to 22 percent as of July 1. Plans for a crisis tax have been shelved for the time being. What the country needs now is a credible reform package, the left-liberal daily Delo insists: "The European Commission expects a credible programme with precise deadlines and measures that don't just exist on paper but can be put into practice. The Slovenian government can no longer afford to make any more empty promises now that it's under Europe's scrutiny. … Among the areas where additional taxes can still be collected is the shadow economy, estimated to be worth almost ten billion euros. None of the reform programmes so far have indicated how we're supposed to tackle this problem or who will do it."

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