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Austerity Budget First Step to Recovery, PM Says

Ljubljana, 10 May - The austerity budget, which cuts spending for 2012 by EUR 1.1bn to EUR 9bn over original plans, is the first step to recovery, which must be followed by measures to restart the economy, Prime Minister Janez Janša told parliament as it began debating austerity measures on Thursday.

Ljubljana
An extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec (right) at an extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec (centre) at an extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
MPs at an extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
MPs at an extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
MPs at an extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
MPs at an extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
An extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
An extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
An extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
An extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
An extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
Prime Minister Janez Janša (right) during an extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
An extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
An extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
Prime Minister Janez Janša during an extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

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