By: Tanja Brkić / Nova24tv
“Support for young people is an investment in our future. Nothing is more important than that,” said the Prime Minister and President of the Slovenian Democratic Party, Janez Janša, who intends to pay more attention to young people in the next term and ensure a brighter future for Slovenian youth.
On their way to independence, young people have to face various problems and issues. For a while now, one of the biggest problems that young people in Slovenia must face has been the housing problem, and on the other hand, highly educated young people are leaving Slovenia to go abroad due to better working conditions. At Tuesday’s pre-election debate, the President of the Slovenian Democratic Party (Slovenska demokratska stranka – SDS), Janez Janša, said that certain laws that were adopted during his government’s term have begun to address and resolve certain issues but that more attention should certainly be paid to young people in the upcoming government term.
At Tuesday’s debate on the television station POP TV, SDS President Janez Janša also talked about plans for young people in the next term, emphasising that they are already actively dealing with the issue but that even more attention will be paid to young people in the future.
Young people will be able to own and not just rent apartments
The biggest problem of young people in Slovenia is the housing problem, but Janša said that the first thing that will give young people a better perspective on independence “is definitely the implementation of the law that was adopted a few days ago and came into force, which will enable young people to not only be tenants but actually own their apartments. By repaying the loan, for which the state will provide a guarantee, they will also be able to repay the principal for their apartments. After 20 years of paying their loans, they will be the owners, instead of being the tenants of an apartment which would still not be theirs after all that time.”
Higher wages and better working conditions
According to Janša, the second thing that is supposed to improve the situation for young people is the increase in net wages, which is expected to increase even further in the upcoming years. “We are planning for additional tax reliefs in our programme, but the net salary is the number on the basis of which you make a ‘calculation for the future,’” Janša concluded. And the third, and probably most important point for young people, is Janša’s promise of economic development with digital and green transformation, which will create new, well-paid jobs for young people. Digital development is expected to provide much better starting salaries, amounting to more than 2000 euros, which are currently still a rarity.