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Delo says optimism restored, time to look forward

Ljubljana, 25 March - Delo's front-page commentary on Wednesday argues that optimism has returned to Slovenia with the EUR 2 billion stimulus package and that the concerns about how bad things will be will now be replaced with a search for ways forward.

Compared to the last crisis, the incentives are much more spread out this time, but the stimulus package will only be enough to patch up the wounds and calm the pain brought by the epidemic, the paper says in Return of Optimism.

However, comparing the current situation to the pains of an athlete only starting intense preparations for a season, Delo says that the government will need to preserve this new hope all the way until a full recovery, or else the scenario from the previous crisis could repeat.

The paper calls for proactive measures as well, for instance the renovation of state and regional roads, while stressing the key will lie in the Slovenian manufacturing industry being ready to join the incentives of Slovenia's trade partners and for EU aid.

The former will require a quick response and a competitive edge, meaning companies will have to be ready with proper staff, material, funding sources and potential state incentives.

The secure the latter, the government should significantly reduce the administrative obstacles that now lead to years passing before an idea can materialise.

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