Slovenia’s Ministry of Interior and Public Administration Launches the Internet Portal “Minus 25” for a Global Audience

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This newly released online portal aims to involve the public in voicing their ideas and suggestions online to help develop proposals, create effective change and reduce administrative barriers for doing business in Slovenia.

Government of the RS programme

Elimination of regulatory barriers

Slovenia is ranked among the three countries of the EU which have made the most progress.

The Ministry of Interior and Public Administration of Slovenia is proud to announce the launch of the English version internet portal “minus 25” (http://www.minus25.gov.si/english) for a global audience. The portal is intended for all users, national and international, because the Ministry believes that with experience/examples from everyday life, one can help reduce administrative barriers for doing business in Slovenia.

In 2009 the Government of the Republic of Slovenia (RS) adopted the Programme of removing administrative barriers by 25% and analyzed the administrative barriers in regulatory systems currently in place. Due to a large number of new proposals from the professional and interested public, it became evident that an update was required. Therefore, in 2012, an updated program “minus 25” was adopted. The new program is even more determined on reducing both the administrative and regulatory barriers by 25%.

Matija Kodra, Head of Division for Smart Regulation and Reducing Administrative Burdens at the Ministry of Interior and Public Administration said, “In times of financial and economic crisis, the existing systems in Slovenia as well as in other European countries have shown many weak points. The recovery, therefore, requires deep structural and regulatory reforms, which will foster economic activity and increase growth.” This is the goal of the programme “minus 25.” It is also a way of making business life easier and will enable the citizens, business entities and public administration to save time and money. It aims to provide higher quality services as well as foster democratic co-operation and development.

The portal allows local citizens to contribute to the further gathering of proposals, which can reduce regulatory barriers and simplify processes. Users can express their opinion and submit suggestions/initiatives for the problems arising from rigid legislation. On the basis of collected suggestions/initiatives, an action plan for removing regulatory barriers is prepared yearly, systematically listing the actions of respective ministries, fields and rules and laying down the deadlines for implementation of those actions by the competent ministries. Slovenian politicians are aware of the importance of active implementation of legislation simplification and removing administrative barriers: the proof of this can be found in the report of the World bank – Doing Business from 2013 In that report Slovenia is ranked among the three countries of the EU which have made the most progress implementing the measures for simplification of business environment. This is the result of systematic and persistent implementation of measures from 2005 on.

The Ministry understands that it is crucial that their path to transfer good practices from the private sector into the public must be carried out with a cost-efficient and transparent use of public resources. The following projects are already being implemented:

– Further fulfillment of the action program to remove regulatory barriers,
– Update of legislation in the field of regulated activities and professions - deregulation,
– Refurbishment of physical one-stop shops,
– Implementation of operations in the framework of the Point of single contact (PSC): in the first step the PSC web portal will provide a simple, transparent and quick access to all necessary information for activities and professions. In the second phase it will offer the possibility of remote acquisition, via the internet, also cross-border, of the authorization. The effects will show a decrease of administrative burden on the economy, making a significant contribution to the establishment of a friendly business environment.

Contact:
Matija Kodra
Head of Division for Smart Regulation and Reducing Administrative Burdens
Ministry of the Interior and Public Administration
T: 00 386 1 478 8346
e-mail: matija.kodra(at)gov(dot)si
http://www.mnz(at)gov(dot)si
http://www.minus25.gov.si

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