"We should be much closer to 3% towards the end of the year if everything goes according to plan," Vasle, Slovenia's central bank governor, told Reuters on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank's Spring Meetings.

He cautioned, however, that he saw "some worrying developments in the Middle East" after Iran's attack on Israel last weekend.

(Reporting By Francesco Canepa; Editing by Leslie Adler)