Arhiv: Slovenia Business Link Newsletter - January 2013


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Slovenia Business Link Newsletter

Januar 2013


Assembly of the CCIS

At the session of the Assembly of the CCIS on 12 December 2012, its members discussed the operation of the rule of law with the representatives of the Ministry of Justice and Public Administration. They pointed out the complexity of laws and long duration of judicial procedures. They expressed a request for increased participation of experts from the field of economy in the preparation of legislative drafts and amendments. They emphasised that laws are created by the people who do "not create added value", but are mainly budget users". It is thus necessary to determine where the errors are and take corrective actions accordingly. Members of the Assembly of the CCIS also adopted the CCIS 2013 Plan.

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Iranians for the strengthening of cooperation

On Tuesday, 18 December 2012, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia and the Slovenian-Iranian Business Club hosted members of a business delegation from Iran's Gilan Province. Slovenian delegation, headed by President of the CCIS Samo Hribar Milič, MSc, namely visited the province at the end of June 2012.

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How to enter the Indonesian market

On Tuesday, 18 December 2012, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Vienna, hosted at its premises the one-on-one meetings with Slovenian companies operating in the field of medical supply, mining devices, design, nautical equipment, and energy, transport and industrial engineering.

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Economists and Minister Žerjav on industrial policy and Slovenian development strategy

At the round table at the CCIS on 20 December 2012, representatives of economy, academics and the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology (MEDT) discussed the draft of Slovenian industrial policy and the guidelines of Slovenian strategic development until 2020.

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3rd Meeting of the MEDT and the CCIS on measures for the promotion of economy: For improved conditions in construction, first environmental regulations opened

Actual proposals for the CCIS regulations, legal, administrative and regulative, which could immediately aid construction, have been on the tables of the Ministries since 14 December 2012. At the 3rd Working Meeting, the CCIS delegation presented these in detail to the representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology (MEDT). The MEDT already announced the first meetings regarding this issue with the representatives of other Ministries. With the proposed measures, the CCIS endeavours to resolve difficult situation, which is currently present in construction industry due to bank guarantees and poor quality on account of the lowest cost principle, together with the lack of prescribed construction standards; however, the arbitration procedure in order to considerably speed up the commercial dispute resolution procedure has also been proposed.

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New proposals for visa regime also on the table

At the 4th Working Meeting of the CCIS and the MEDT on 21 December 2012, the latest solutions proposed by the CCIS regarding the new regulation on municipal waste were also touched on and the deadlines for drafting the solutions to be included into the Environmental Protection Ac were defined. Additionally, the CCIS notified Minister Radovan Žerjav of its position on the proposal for the new insolvency law, which was already forwarded to the Ministry of Justice and Public Administration.

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Presentation of new regulations in the field of waste management

On 4 January 2013, the CCIS - Environmental Protection Department, in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment (MAE), presented new regulations in the field of waste management. The representatives of the MAE presented a draft regulation on municipal waste management, operational programme of municipal waste management and the Decree amending the Decree on the landfill of waste.

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Visas: to India with tax return statement!

Proposals for measures introducing amendments in the field of visa regime, particularly where foreign business partners of Slovenian companies face practical difficulties in obtaining visas, were the central topic of the already 6th regular Friday meeting of the representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology (MEDT) and Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia held on 11 January 2013.

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One-on-one talks at the construction fair in Graz

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, Internationalisierungs Center Steiermark (Styrian Internationalisation Centre), Steirische Wirtschaftsförderung (Styrian business promotion agency) and Enterprise Europe Network invite you to one-on-one talks at the "Häuslbauermesse Graz" construction fair, which will take place on 24 January 2013.

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Slovenian companies to join Minister Žerjav in India

Between 26 January and 1 February 2013, the Slovenian government and economic delegation under the direction of Minister of Economic Development and Technology Radovan Žerjav, MSc, will visit India. Within the framework of the event, well chosen B2B meetings between Slovenian companies and focal local companies from New Delhi, Agra and Calcutta will be organised, and taken care will also be of joint promotion of Slovenian know-how and products within the framework of Slovene-Indian business forums, notably regarding products from the field of engineering, energy, environmental protection, metals and electrical industry.

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Business Breakfasts at the CCIS: Japan

The purpose of the business meeting, which will be held on 29 January 2013, is the exchange of information, business experience, and also socialisation and establishment of personal contacts among companies, which are already active in or strive to expand their businesses to the land of the rising sun.

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One-on-one meetings in the field of wind power industry

On Monday, 4 February 2013, the Enterprise Europe Network, Austrian Chamber of Commerce, the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), Vienna Business Agency (VBA), and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia invite you to an international meeting of companies in the field of wind power energy in Vienna, Austria.

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Ecologic own goal! Position of the CCIS on planning and execution of infrastructure investments

We have encountered a substantial paradox: Slovenia has considerable unexploited hydro-energy potential, while the share of renewable energy sources, despite the set of binding commitments of the EU climate and energy package, is decreasing! We object the unjustified expansion of the Natura 2000 network, which is causing delays in the integration and construction of infrastructure facilities on 37% of protected areas.

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Position of the CCIS on the proposal for amending the Financial Operations, Insolvency Proceedings and Compulsory Dissolution Act

The CCIS supports the proposal for amending the Financial Operations, Insolvency Proceedings and Compulsory Dissolution Act in its entirety, and at the same time calls for specific improvements and supplements. Systemic solutions are also necessary in the long term. It has been proposed that the Ministry of Justice and Public Administration shall consider the comments and proposal of the CCIS on amending the Financial Operations, Insolvency Proceedings and Compulsory Dissolution Act and implement urgent solutions in order to improve legal security and business environment.

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Against "political electroshock"!

The CCIS strongly objects to the political electroshock the Government implements by increasing the tax on ensuring support for production of electrical energy in co-production with high yield and from renewable production sources. We thus summon the Government of the Republic of Slovenia to revise its decision and prevent such increase of the concerned tax.

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Statistics data

Below you will find some statistical data for Slovenia.

In December 2012, the annual growth of consumer prices was 2.7%, and in the period I-XII 2012, consumer prices rose by 2.6%. Industrial production in November 2012, compared to November 2011, decreased by 3.6%, while turnover in retail trade fell by 6.1% and the value of turnover in construction fell by 20.4%.

In comparison with the same period in 2011, Slovenia registered a 2.2% drop in the economic growth in the first three quarters of 2012. The beginning of 2013 will bring many unknowns and uncertainty, which will require prompt solutions. In the field of structural reforms, following the adoption of the Pension Act, the labour market reform, which should enable employers easier and price-competitive adaptation to business cycles, continues to remain open. Improvements of the business environment, particularly procedural and tax burdens must remain high among the priorities of the economic policy. Problems with public finances are resolved particularly by cuts in the field of investments and labour costs, while the efficient and reasonable use of public funds is not sufficiently emphasised.


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