By: Nina Žoher / Nova24tv
Prime Minister Janez Janša invited the executive director of SpaceX and Tesla, billionaire Elon Musk, to invest in Slovenia, after he wrote on Twitter that Tesla did not yet know where to build the fourth Gigafactory. Symbolically, the most suitable place would be Maribor – where the inventor Nikola Tesla got his first job. It is also significant that Slovenia ranks among the five safest countries, and a new de-bureaucratisation package is on the way, which will further improve the competitiveness of the economy.
Unlike in previous years, Slovenia is becoming a more attractive location for investment. The report, which measures the global peace index for 2021, reveals that Slovenia ranks fifth among the world’s most peaceful countries on the list of 163 countries.
This year’s results show that the average level of peace in the world has deteriorated by 0.07 percent. This is the ninth deterioration in peace in the last thirteen years, it has improved in 87 countries, 73 deteriorations have been recorded. The 2021 Global Peace Index reveals a world in which the conflicts and crises that have emerged over the past decade have begun to diminish, and then replaced by a new wave of tension and uncertainty over the covid-19 pandemic and rising tensions among the world’s leading powers. This can be read in the description of the 2021 survey. Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the world, thus maintaining its leading position since 2008. It is joined at the top by New Zealand, Denmark, Portugal and Slovenia. Sixth place is occupied by its northern neighbour Austria, followed by Switzerland, Ireland, the Czech Republic and Canada.
If we look at the data during the past two governments, we can see that during the government of Miro Cerar (September 2014 – September 2018) the data of the global peace index were as follows: 2014 (10th place), 2015 (10th place), 2016 (8th place), 2017 (7th place), 2018 (7th place), during the government of Marjan Šarec (September 2018 – March 2020) the following: 2019 (6th place), 2020 (10th place). As we can see, Slovenia achieved the best result during the government of Janez Janša.
The government is realising the fundamental goal of its action – a step towards de-bureaucratisation
Being one of the most peaceful countries is undoubtedly one of the advantages for the investor when choosing the country where they will invest. It is also crucial that the country is as bureaucratic as possible. If the previous governments did not make moves in this direction, it is completely different now. Namely, at Monday’s correspondence session, the government determined the text of the bill on de-bureaucratisation, which it will send to the National Assembly, replacing the bill it sent to the National Assembly on March 18th, 2021.
At today’s correspondence session, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia determined the text of the draft de-bureaucratisation act, which will be sent to the National Assembly. The aim of the proposal is to improve the situation in Slovenia in terms of administrative barriers and a competitive business environment. It would make life easier for citizens and business for businesses, thus helping to reduce costs and remove administrative barriers. “Only legislation that is the least burdensome improves the competitiveness of the economy and the openness of the market, improves the standard of living of citizens and increases transparency. The bill contains substantive measures for de-bureaucratisation, which is written as one of the basic goals of the government. The first set of measures includes amendments to laws with simple solutions that do not require systemic changes in legislation. The second set of measures includes the termination of laws and the implementing regulations based on them, which are no longer applicable,” the government said.
Investments are an important factor in economic growth and bring many beneficial effects to our economy. In addition to creating new jobs, they also contribute new knowledge and technologies and the integration of Slovenian companies into the supply networks of transnational companies. The measures and laws that are being passed are moving in a positive direction and show that the current government understands the importance of investment.