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Factsheet for measure SI-2020-11/445 Updated – measures in Slovenia

Monthly basic income for self-employed

Mesečni temeljni dohodek

Country Slovenia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 13 March 2020 – 30 June 2021
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Income protection beyond short-time work
– Extensions of income support to workers not covered by any kind of protection scheme
Author Maja Breznik (University of Ljubljana) and Eurofound
Measure added 10 April 2020 (updated 30 April 2021)

Background information

The legal provisions contained in the 'Act Determining the Intervention Measures to Contain the COVID-19 Epidemic and Mitigate its Consequences for Citizens and the Economy (ZIUZEOP)' endows self-employed, clerics and farmers, who cannot carry out their activities or that can do it on a much smaller scale, with the right to a basic income for the time of the epidemic. Those ones concerned are eligible if they prove that their income declined during the crisis and if they have no outstanding debt with the Financial Administration.

Content of measure

Monthly basic income is determined at €350 for March and €700 for April and May 2020. Eligible persons have to make a request to the Financial Administration, in which they declare that their income decreased at least of 10% in 2020 with respect to 2019, or a 10% lower average monthly revenue compared to pre-crisis period. Later on, beneficiaries will have to return the support received, if in 2020 their income exceeds 90% of their revenue in 2019. The financial administration is appointed to manage claims for basic income. The measure addresses self-employed, clerics and farmers who have no other insurance deriving from other types of employment. The measure is limited to the period between 13 March and 31 May 2020. After 31 May no new claims are possible.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

29 December 2021

The seventh COVID-19 law (ZIUPOPDVE), adopted by the Parliament on 29 December 2020, provides ecclesiastics with the monthly basic income. Persons concerned receive €700 a month for October, November and December 2020. The measure can be prolonged for another six months upon the government’s ordinance. The state is already paying all social contributions for ecclesiastics.

24 March 2021

The government extended measures (e.g. the monthly basic income and compensation for the lost income) to 30 June 2021.

03 February 2021

The eight COVID-19 (ZDUOP), adopted on 3 February 2021, gives higher social contributions to ecclesiastics. From January to April 2021, they receive social contributions, paid by the state, equivalent to an average monthly salary.

15 October 2020

The fifth emergency law (ZZUOOP), adopted by the Parliament on 15 October 2020, reactivates the basic income for self-employed, associates and farmers. The measure will be in force from 1 October to 31 December 2020 but can be extended for another six months. The basic income is limited to €1,100 per month. All people are eligible under the condition that they have a 20% or more lower income compared to the year 2019 or 20% lower average monthly revenue compared to the period before 31 August.

Self-employed, associates and farmers who are in quarantine or whose child is in quarantine (children are only eligible until fifth grade and disabled children) also have the right to compensation for the lost income. The compensation amounts to €250 for a ten-day quarantine, €500 for a twenty-day quarantine and €750 for a month.

02 July 2020

The 'Emergency law' (ZIUZEOP-A), into force from 30 April 2020, amended the eligibility conditions for the measure, extending it to all self-employed persons whose revenue will be reduced by 10% in 2020 compared to 2019. In cases of recently established self-employed, the comparative basis is the average monthly income. The law gives this right also to part-time self-employed, not only to full-time.

Use of measure

While the first COVID-19 law (ZIUZEOP, issued on 10 April 2020) was in parliamentary procedure, non-governmental organisations protested against discriminatory “referential period” for self-employed persons. While referential period for companies was one year, it was one month (February) for self-employed. NGOs said that this rule exclude many self-employed persons, since they receive their fees irregularly and many may have had no money inflows in February. Their proposal was not integrated into the first COVID-19 law, issued on 10 April 2020.

Two cultural organisations (the Association of Slovene Film Directors and the Association of Cultural Workers) organised on-line surveys on how many of their self-employed members do not qualify for the income and for the annulled payment of social security contributions. An on-line survey of the first association showed that 84% of film directors and screenwriters are not eligible, while the other association came up with the figure of one-quarter of respondents. It is mainly due to the irregularity of their income and the fact that the government suspended the payment of subsidies to the already done or agreed work (Association of Slovene Film Directors, email, 13 April 2020). Associations stressed that the emergency measure left out the most socio-economically deprived group of self-employed (Šučur, 2020).

The second COVID-19 law (ZIUZEOP-A from 30 April 2020) adopted their proposals: it extended the referential period as well as the group of eligible persons (besides full-time also part-time self-employed).

Financial administration paid off the last instalment of basic income in June 2020. In April 2020, 32.000 self-employed received €11.2 million. In May 2020, €27.5 million was given to 37,500 recipients and another €2.2 million to 4,753 part-time self-employed. In the last payment (June 2020), 45,424 self-employed received €39,8 million. In total, about 51,000 self-employed persons benefited from the measure receiving more than €80 million during the epidemic. For the time of the epidemic (from 13 March to 31 May), a self-employed could get €1,750.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
European Funds
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


The two COVID-19 laws (ZIUZEOP and ZIUZEOP-A) were adopted under an accelerated procedure with no involvement of the Economic and Social Council. Its functioning was blocked because the new government, which came to power on 13 March 2020, had not appointed its members in the Economic and Social Council. On 20 April, trade unions protested against the exclusion of social partners in the preparation of the second emergency law (ZIUZEOP-A). They demanded the reactivation of the Economic and Social Council. The first meeting of the Economic and Social Council was held not before 15 May 2020. The Council then became involved in negotiations about the third emergency law ZIUOOPE, issued on 30 May 2020

Views and reactions

Trade unions and employer organizations have submitted proposals to the law. Social partners proposed the extension of the referential period for self-employed. Not in the first COVID-19 law (ZIUZEOP from 10 April), but in the second one (ZIUZEOP-A from 30 April 2020) their proposal was accepted.


  • 30 March 2020: The positions of the representative trade union confederation (
  • 31 March 2020: The Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia, The right direction, but the law needs some change (
  • 06 April 2020: Financial Administration, 'Preglednica ukrepov' [Table of measures] (
  • 10 April 2020: Zakon o interventnih ukrepih za zajezitev epidemije COVID-19 in omilitev njenih posledic za državljane in gospodarstvo (ZIUZEOP) [Act Determining the Intervention Measures to Contain the COVID-19 Epidemic and Mitigate its Consequences for Citizens and the Economy (
  • 11 April 2020: Maja Šučur, ‘Na čigavi strani je ministrstvo’ [On whose side is ministry], Dnevnik, 11 April 202 (
  • 30 April 2020: Zakon o interventnih ukrepih za zajezitev epidemije COVID-19 in omilitev njenih posledic za državljane in gospodarstvo, ZIUZEOP-A [Act Determining the Intervention Measures to Contain the COVID-19 Epidemic and Mitigate its Consequences for Citizens and the Economy (
  • 10 June 2020: [The last payment of basic income for self-employed] Še zadnje izplačilo mesečnega temeljnega dohodka za samostojne podjetnik (
  • 15 October 2020: Act Determining the Intervention Measures to Contain the COVID-19 Epidemic and Mitigate its Consequences (Zakon o začasnih ukrepih za omilitev in odpravo posledic covid-19, ZZUOOP)
  • 30 December 2020: Act Determining Intervention Measures to Assist in Mitigating the Consequences of the Second Wave of COVID-19 Epidemic (Zakon o interventnih ukrepih za pomoč pri omilitvi posledic drugega vala epidemije COVID-19, ZIUPOPDVE (
  • 04 February 2021: Act on Additional Measures for Mitigation of Consequences COVID-19 (Zakon o dodatnih ukrepih za omilitev posledic COVID-19, ZDUOP (
  • 24 March 2021: IUS-INFO, Vlada podaljšala nekatere ukrepe [The government has extended some measures (


Eurofound (2020), Monthly basic income for self-employed, measure SI-2020-11/445 (measures in Slovenia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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