Coalition: SDS’s proposals on the price tag are populist

Coalition: SDS’s proposals on the price tag are populist
Coalition: SDS’s proposals on the price tag are populist

On the proposal of recommendations regarding mitigating the consequences of inflation and energy costs, proposed by a group of deputies with the first signed Jelko Godec (SDS), was discussed and rejected by the Parliamentary Committee for Infrastructure, Environment and Space last Friday. The discussion today was similar to that of the parent working body.

The coalition believed that the government prepares and adopts proposals that address everyone and those that address target groups. The opposition, however, persuaded them to accept SDS proposals for changing the formula for calculating electricity prices, for reducing VAT on all energy products, for an energy supplement for everyone, for greater aid to the economy and agriculture, and for the government to withdraw from the purpose of changes to the last adopted amendment to the Act on income tax.

“I could say that it is about five instructions from experienced politicians who have elected governments over several semesters, how to deal with inflation and what policies to implement in order to find some common solutions,” said on behalf of the proponents Franc Breznik from SDS. He pointed out, in his opinion, the excellent economic results of the previous government under the leadership of SDS champion Janez Janša and advocated the acceptance of their recommendations.

According to the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Finance Sasha Jazbec the government examined them and found that, both collectively and individually, they do not represent an adequate targeted addressing of the challenges. “As before, we will approach the upcoming challenges prudently and prepare measures in a way of fair distribution of the burdens of the dearness with the most efficient use of public financial resources,” she assured.

“Populism thrives especially well in the field of adversity, and the organizer of the session is also aware of this,” said on behalf of the Svoboda parliamentary group Miroslav Gregorič. According to him, SDS overlooked the fact that the government has been taking related, complementary measures for several months. SDS’s proposals might be supported if the proponents were not only guided by likability in their preparation, but also by feasibility, he added.

The government must help the most affected, but in such a way that the problem does not worsen or not to cause additional inflationary pressures with his measures, he warned on behalf of SD Predrag Baković. “The key to the proposed measures is to assess their feasibility, effectiveness and sustainability,” he said, stressing the need to be aware of the country’s real limitations and capabilities, especially if large-scale and long-term action is expected from it.

‘Measures must be designed in such a way that help is given to those who really need it’

Nataša Sukić on behalf of the Left parliamentary group, emphasized that the measures must be designed in such a way that those who really need help get it. “It’s no wonder that the session’s proposals to deal with the crisis are just a continuation of their old policies from the time of the epidemic, which would throw helicopter money all over the place, regardless of who really needs it and who doesn’t, all at the expense of the impoverishment of the public treasury,” she said.

Zvonko Černač however, on behalf of the SDS parliamentary group, he estimated that the government’s measures to date alleviate the energy crisis only for part of the population, significantly too little has been done to help companies. “In the SDS, we formulated the proposals because we notice that the government is not addressing this crisis comprehensively, systematically through mutually coordinated measures that include all segments of the population and the economy, but only partially,” he said.

Although the DZ will not vote on the recommendations, according to the opinion Jožef Horvat from NSi, there is still time to find prudent solutions. According to him, if the recommendations were accepted and supplemented accordingly, it would be a good signal that the policy is united when it comes to aid. “NSi supported all government proposals that went in the direction of helping people and the economy,” he said and added that NSi warns that this aid is too slow, and above all, too modest and ineffective.

Minister of Infrastructure Bojan Kumer said in the debate that the energy price wave started last spring, and many countries, including Slovenia, were inactive. It was similar last fall, when the precious metal got a new boost and the prices of energy products “were already raging”. In winter, certain measures could have already been taken, but the intervention law came at the end of the heating season. In the pre-election period, the measures went in a different direction, he estimated.

According to him, Slovenia is lucky to have a sufficiently robust energy network and to be a fifth less dependent on fossil fuels and Russia today. “No one has a magic wand in their hand,” he said, “the government therefore first analyzes and then takes targeted action.” Helicopter money last year and this spring fueled inflation, which is now stable and, according to his expectations, will turn downwards in the coming months.

According to him, we have a crisis of availability in the energy field, and an energy crisis is most likely just around the corner. Slovenia therefore acts preventively, especially at the EU level. It takes targeted action to help the most vulnerable groups. “The regulation on energy poverty is under public discussion, so that we will address even more effectively the layers of society that have been ignored in the past two years,” he said and summarized the behavior of Slovenia at the European level.

The article is in Slovenian

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