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Position of the Fiscal Council: The estimate of long-term fiscal effects of the amendments to the pension legislation indicates an additional increase in the cost of ageing, which must be presented by the Government publicly and transparently and which requires the adoption of comprehensive measures to provide sustainable public finances in the long term

The calculations submitted to the Fiscal Council by the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities are similar to the estimates made by the Fiscal Council and indicate that the proposed legislation would have a significant impact on the long-term increase in the general government expenditure.


Fiscal Council meets State Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

On 28 August 2019, Fiscal Council members met the State Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities Mr Tilen Božič and his team at the Ministry’s initiative. The discussion focused on the Fiscal Council’s position regarding the presentation of long-term costs of the proposed changes to the pension-related legislation and on the challenges to long-term fiscal sustainability in light of rising expenditure on pensions.


Fiscal Council meets the Minister of Health

Fiscal Council members today met the Minister of Health Mr Aleš Šabeder and his team at the Ministry’s initiative. The discussion focused on challenges of long-term fiscal sustainability in light of rising public health-related expenditure.


Position of the Fiscal Council: Amending the pension legislation needs to be accompanied by presentation of its long-term fiscal consequences

Based on publicly available data and its own estimates, the Fiscal Council assesses that some provisions of the proposed Act Amending the Pension and Disability Insurance Act, which is currently the subject of public debate, could have significant long-term impact on the sustainability of public finances. It therefore calls on the Government to transparently present […]


Public Finance and Macroeconomic Developments, July 2019

The general government was in balance in the first quarter of 2019 whereas in the same period last year it recorded a surplus of 0.4% of GDP. This change reflects, in particular a further acceleration of expenditure growth, which is mostly of a structural nature and linked to higher growth in expenditure on compensation of […]


Assessment by the Fiscal Council: Compliance of the general government budgets with the fiscal rules in 2018

In accordance with the provisions of the Fiscal Rule Act the Fiscal Council made an assessment of the executed general government budgets’ compliance with the fiscal rules in 2018. The Fiscal Council assesses that the 2018 fiscal policy was neutral since the structural balance did not change, although it should have been restrictive in view of the economy’s cyclical position. The medium-term fiscal objective under the EU rules was achieved in 2018, but only if the allowed deviation is taken into account. The domestic rule referring to general government expenditure was not complied with because the expenditure exceeded the benchmark of the adopted medium-term framework. The decrease in the share of general government debt in GDP was appropriate in 2018.

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