Slovenia. In January, London-based magazine The Banker
Dušan Mramor named Europe's best finance minister for his
way of successfully stabilizing the economy and leading
Slovenia from a deep weakness. However, Mramor's strict
fiscal policy created contradictions within the government
coalition. In July he resigned, citing personal reasons.
countryaah, the current population of Slovenia is 2,078,949.
The news of Mramor's departure came the days after a
police raid against the central bank, which he strongly
condemned. According to the police, the raid was carried out
for investigative purposes, as individual employees of the
bank were suspected of irregularities in connection with
measures to save the banking sector in 2013. The European
Central Bank (ECB) objected to the raid and said that
secretly stamped ECB material had been seized.
In September, Parliament approved Mateja Vraničar Erman
as Mramor's replacement. She became the first female finance
minister in the euro zone.
An amendment to the constitution, which was approved in
November, stated that serviceable drinking water is a
fundamental right for all citizens and not something that
can be commercialized. Slovenia became the first country in
the EU to include the right to water in its constitution.