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New government stimuli package to create tens of thousands of new jobs

The government will soon pass a package of pro-growth measures which will bring Slovakia tens of thousands of new jobs, said Labour Minister Ján Richter during the special parliamentary session where MPs discussed unemployment in Slovakia.

The government will soon pass a package of pro-growth measures which will bring Slovakia tens of thousands of new jobs, said Labour Minister Ján Richter during the special parliamentary session where MPs discussed unemployment in Slovakia.

“This is our answer to joblessness,” said Richter, as quoted by SITA, specifying that the measures will include public investments into various fields, as well as investment stimuli.

According to Richter, Slovakia should fight unemployment with an active policy of employment and pro-growth stimuli. Yet, he stressed that this year he does not expect any miracles in the area, SITA wrote.

During the parliamentary session opposition MPs criticised Smer, saying it caused the increase in the jobless rate. According to Ivan Štefanec from the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), the government is not taking the necessary steps. He pointed to the abolishment of the flat tax and the increase in taxes and payroll taxes, adding that during the consolidation it is necessary to save money on the expenditure side of the budget. The ruling Smer party, Štefanec said, is driving work out of Slovakia, SITA reported.

Chair of the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) movement Igor Matovič said that current as well as previous governments are responsible for the high jobless rate in Slovakia, listing corruption and inadequate education of school graduates as possible reasons. He also criticised the non-stability of the business environment, and frequent changes to the Labour Code, SITA wrote.

The opposition MPs proposed that parliament pass a resolution based on which the government would not be able to submit any laws increasing the financial and non-financial duties, tasks and burdens of employers and the business environment.

The government should also submit to parliament a report over the specific measures to improve the job creation and decrease the tax and payroll tax burdens, as well as specific measures to remove financial and non-financial barriers in the Slovak economy by May 30, according to SITA.

Richter disagreed with such statements, saying that unemployment in Slovakia has always depended on GDP growth.

“The whole session is the result of the opposition’s effort to drive out political capital,” the labour minister said.

Ján Figeľ, chair of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), said that the investment stimuli cannot be the main solution to the high number of jobless. He also pointed to the fact that the current government is gradually increasing state aid that would allocate the creation of only one new job, SITA reported.

Source: SITA

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