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Prime minister Cerar convinced Brexit leads to stronger and renewed European Union

cerar1 (4)Slovenian Prime minister and SMC President Miro Cerar declared his respect and regrets for Brexit referendum outcome. He emphasized importance of a strong Union, despite the UK leave: »I’m certain that the decision of the British people for Brexit will bring some turbulences and uncertainty in international markets in a short term, but it will lead to stronger and better Union.« PM Cerar said: »Slovenia is firmly standing for a stronger and better, renewed Union«.

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Happy to announce: Youth wing of SMC established!

The youth wing of the ruling Modern Centre Party (SMC) has been established, with Rok Novak being elected its president. The 24-year-old told that the Young SMC was willing to work with everybody who was willing to cooperate. “Young people are the driving force of change and openness. Municipalities, the state and the world need our voice, our will and our enthusiasm,” stressed Novak and add: “Young people should rise and speak up about what is right, what needs to be done and “what kind of world we want in the future”.

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Slovenia’s registered unemployment total keeps falling: Study indicates 8,400 new jobs to be created in coming six months

Slovenia’s registered unemployment total keeps falling. Fresh data from the Employment Service put the figure at 102,289 at the end of May, down 3% from a month ago and down 9% year-on-year. Slovenian employers look optimistically at the second half of the year, predicting a 1.4% growth in employment as over 8,400 new jobs are to be added in the economy. Companies in Slovenia will need just over 20,000 workers in the coming six months, partly for substitutions and partly due to the increased need for new employees.

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Finance Minister Dušan Mramor happy: Slovenia is ready to leave the excess deficit procedure after seven years; the hard work has paid off

Finance Minister Dušan Mramor said he was happy with the assessment by the European Commission that Slovenia was ready to leave the excess deficit procedure after seven years, but stressed efforts to reduce debt and bolster economic growth must continue. “The hard work has paid off, but there is no rest until 2020: we must focus on ensuring maximum growth,” Mramor told a press conference in Ljubljana on Thursday. He said Slovenia had defied projections from abroad by reducing its general government deficit to below 3% of GDP last year.

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Positive trend continues in registered unemployment rate

The registered unemployment rate fell for the third consecutive month in April, official statistics show. The index stopped at 11.5% which is 0.5 percentage points down from March and a point less than a year ago. Male joblessness was down 0.6 pp to 10.5% in April over March, and female unemployment edged down 0.3 pp to 12.7%. The rate fell across all statistical regions, with the highest drop registered in the NE region of Pomurje – it was down by one percentage point to 17.5%.

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SMC delegation atthe Regional Liberal Academy in Zagreb

Between June 10 and 12 an SMC delegation participated at the first event of The Regional Liberal Academy in Zagreb, hosted by friends from liberal Croatian Natonal Party (HNS). On behalf of SMC, the participants were: Iztok Štefanič, Head of SMC Secretariat, Gašper Koprivšek, International Officer, Ksenija Flegar, Head of Local Branches, Rok Novak, the newly elected President of SMC Youth wing and Jure Vozelj, project coordinator at SMC HQ.

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Prime minister Cerar: We will continue with key reforms

The government will continue with reforms aimed at boosting development and improving people’s lives, Prime Minister Miro Cerar told MPs on Monday. He announced changes in the pension system, healthcare, palliative care and taxes. “Slovenia has consolidated its public finances, employment is on the rise, and the issue of management of state assets got a strategy that has been missing for years,” the prime minister said.

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Happy to announce: Youth wing of SMC established!

The youth wing of the ruling Modern Centre Party (SMC) has been established, with Rok Novak being elected its president. The 24-year-old told that the Young SMC was willing to work with everybody who was willing to cooperate. “Young people are the driving force of change and openness. Municipalities, the state and the world need our voice, our will and our enthusiasm,” stressed Novak and add: “Young people should rise and speak up about what is right, what needs to be done and “what kind of world we want in the future”.

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Slovenia’s top officials condemn Brussels attacks, PM Cerar: We will continue to support values of democracy, human rights, tolerance, solidarity and peace

Slovenia’s top officials condemned the Brussels attacks on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Miro Cerar stressing that the explosions in the Belgian capital did not directly affect the security situation in Slovenia. Currently there is no reason to raise the security risk level, Cerar told reporters. He did note though that security forces had increased their activities and were on the alert. They are also in constant contact with their counterparts from other European countries, Cerar said at a special news conference dedicated to the Brussels attacks.

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Prime Minister Miro Cerar says MEP’s motion for Communism victims memorial “misleading”

Prime Minister Miro Cerar has written to European Parliament President Martin Schulz in response to an initiative by Slovenian MEP Milan Zver (EPP/SDS) for a memorial to the victims of Communism in Slovenia to be erected in the European Parliament. He says that Zver’s arguments for the memorial are “misleading”. The response comes after the conservative MEP proposed in February a memorial to commemorate “more than 200,000 victims of the Communist genocide during and after the Second World War in Slovenia”.

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Prime Minister Cerar: EU Summit gives a clear message that Balkan route is gone

Prime Minister Miro Cerar stressed after the EU summit on Tuesday that the Balkan migration route no longer existed, even though the summit conclusions were reworded to no longer specifically mention the closure of the Balkan route. “The part about the closure of the Balkan route remains in the statement … Substantively this is the same,” Cerar told reporters. The statement says that “irregular flows of migrants along the Western Balkans route have now come to an end.” A sentence that said the route was closed was eventually omitted. This sends “a very clear message to all traffickers and all irregular migrants that this route no longer exists, it is closed,” according to Cerar.

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Prime Minister Miro Cerar: ” I`m glad that complementarity of my initiative on strengthening Macedonian-Greek border was widely recognised

The refugee crisis was at the centre as the EU summit kicked off in Brussels on Thursday, overshadowing Brexit, the other major topic on the agenda of the two-day meeting. Slovenia’s Prime Minister Miro Cerar said, as the meeting ended, that he was “glad that complementarity of my initiative on strengthening Macedonian-Greek border was widely recognised”. It is important for Slovenia that other EU members become aware that the time is running out and that action must be taken. The crisis is complex and must be addressed in a well-coordinated manner at several levels, sources close to the Slovenian government also said.

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First meeting of the Prime Minister Cerar and the Prime Minister Orešković

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Mr Tihomir Orešković supported the initiative of The Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia Mr Miro Cerar contained in the letter to his colleagues last week to swiftly stem the migration flow on the Western Balkans Route by helping Greece to tackle the migratory flow as well as Macedonian authorities to enhance control over its southern border.

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Juncker welcomes PM Cerar’s call for Macedonian border protection

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker welcomed in a letter on Monday Prime Minister Miro Cerar’s initiative for additional assistance to Macedonia in strengthening controls at its border with Greece. Cerar proposed to Juncker and other EU leaders on Monday that the bloc should offer help with controlling the Greek-Macedonian border to help stop illegal migrants who managed to get into Greece.

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