In the interview made on 6 September 2012 for Pogledi Slovenije (Views of Slovenia) TV programme, Prime Minister Janez Janša spoke to journalist Bojan Traven about numerous key measures for the stabilisation of the situation in Slovenia. As the interview was not broadcast in full, it is published on the website of the Office of the Prime Minister and the Government Communication Office. Namely, the clarifications of the Prime Minister are not significant only for the expert public but also for all citizens of the Republic of Slovenia as they concern the adoption of important measures for the future of Slovenia.
Among others, Prime Minister Janez Janša again answered the question of whether Slovenia will request international financial support. If Slovenia fails to adopt the legislation for the stabilisation of the banking system and the pension budget, for enhancing flexibility and security in the labour market and for the rationalisation of management of state assets, and if it fails to implement some other necessary measures in the foreseen time – by the end of the year – this will bring it a step closer to being dependent on international financial support, stressed the Prime Minister. He noted that the coalition is relatively firm as regards the measures necessary to overcome the crisis, which is of key importance at the moment. He went on to speak about the response of international financial markets as well as the European Union to the situation in Slovenia, and said: “They are rather concerned about the fact that the government and the president of Slovenia do not speak the same language; that the president talks about Slovenia not being seriously indebted and the situation not being so grave. This is, of course, not true.”
Prime Minister Janez Janša also outlined the possible consequences of Slovenia’s request for international financial support. He underlined that the value of the state assets would drop immediately. A country in a mechanism of international financial support is not attractive to foreign investors; what is more, the support is not granted immediately.
“Slovenia will need international financial support if it fails to implement the measures which have been proposed by the government and are currently being harmonised with the social partners and the opposition. This does not allow for any major dilemmas, any big secrets for the international expert as well as political public,” stressed Prime Minister Janša.