The new government plans to increase the minimum wage and pensions, reform the tax system and health insurance, build non-profit apartments, among other goals
ATS, May 14, 2022 – While future coalition partners are expected to initial a coalition agreement on Saturday, some details of the document have already leaked. The agreement provides for changes in the pension and health care system, and there is a commitment to increase the minimum wage to 800 euros and the minimum pension to 700 euros.
Some details of the deal have already been revealed by members of the Freedom Movement, Social Democrats (SD) and the left in their public appearances.
Among other things, they announced that around 20,000 non-profit rental apartments will be built during the next two legislatures, and that the minimum wage will be raised to 800 euros net and the minimum pension to 700 euros.
The plan is to eventually abolish supplementary health insurance and suspend the purchase of Boxer armored personnel carriers (APCs). The procedures for purchasing military equipment under the government of Janez Janša will be reviewed.
The N1 news web portal also took note of the pledge that there will be no barbed wire and other “technical obstacles” on the border with Croatia, erected to control illegal migration flows, d by the end of this year.
Another proposal is that doctors in the public health care system will no longer be allowed to work for individuals and concessionaires after completing their shifts at public facilities.
A phased property tax is also in the works, and the coalition will also advocate for the right of employees to turn off their company phones and emails at the end of working hours.
According to N1’s sources, the agreement stipulates that the tax reform of the Janša government which increased net salaries will be abolished at the beginning of next year.
The online edition of Večer newspaper adds that the amount of general personal income tax relief will remain the same.
Companies, including start-ups, should benefit from tax incentives for the digital and green transition, and the effective corporate tax rate should increase.
The coalition should also promote employee profit sharing and involvement in business ownership and management, N1 said.
According to the portal, the government intends to initiate discussions with EU institutions to modify the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, and that EU funds will mainly be used to finance the green transition and the scanning.
The coalition promises free school meals to all primary and secondary students, and school curricula are also expected to be changed somewhat, adds N1.
Večer notes the mitigation of rising energy prices by focusing on the most vulnerable groups, the promotion of the development of solar power plants and the replacement of fossil fuel heaters with those using renewable energy.
The future coalition also plans a pension reform that would strengthen the first pension pillar and encourage additional retirement savings. In the field of health, it plans to establish up-to-date registers of queues for treatments and procedures.
They also promise greater availability of doctors at primary level, debureaucratization and digitization of the healthcare system and additional financial incentives for medical personnel.
As for the media, the future partners announce that the broadcaster RTV Slovenija and other public media (the Slovenian News Agency – STA) will be given a status that will prevent political interference, Večer said.
They will also work to abolish electoral units by introducing preferential voting in National Assembly elections, which will require a two-thirds majority in parliament.
According to information obtained by the STA, the coalition agreement will include a strategy for the abolition of precarious work, of which the public administration would be an example. There is also a commitment to reduce the abuse of part-time employment.
Other goals include a more transparent disability insurance system, a stronger network of public social protection institutions, the prevention of brain drain and a clear migration policy with an employment strategy and full integration.