Weekly Review of Slovenian Business & Economy from 6 to 12 March

Ljubljana, 14 March - Employers and trade unions both understood PM Anton Rop's proposal on increasing the wages by EUR 21 gross differently, however, at the end of the week representatives from Rop's office explained that this wage increase counts to wage indexation. With the explanation, the prime minister actually hoped to put an end to disagreements ahead of Monday's fresh round of talks between the social partners. Nevertheless, industry trade unions have still not completely given up on the idea of a new strike. Meanwhile, Slovenia is bound to get a new economics minister, as Tea Petrin is to leave for an ambassador post in the Hague. The search for a new minister may have come to an and this week as Matej Lahovnik, a senior lecturer at the Ljubljana Faculty of Economics, said he would be willing to take Petrin's place.

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