Factsheet for case SI-2020-18/1272 – measures in Slovenia
|Country||Slovenia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 May 2020 – 30 June 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Protection of vulnerable groups (beyond employment support)
|Author||Maja Breznik (University of Ljubljana) and Eurofound|
|Case created||10 October 2020 (updated 27 November 2020)|
The emergence of the COVID-19 epidemic and related uncertainties have hit vulnerable groups with low or volatile incomes the hardest (e.g. students, pensioners, workers with disabilities, etc.). The state helped them financially with a one-off solidarity allowance.
The first solidarity allowances (€150 - €300) were granted to pensioners with pensions below €700, and to certain vulnerable groups (i.e. €150 for students) through the Act Determining the Intervention Measures to Contain the COVID-19 Epidemic and Mitigate its Consequences for Citizens and the Economy (ZIUZEOP), in force since 11 April 2020. With the ZIUZEOP-A amendment, that came into force on 1 May 2020, the circle of recipients of solidarity allowances was extended also to the recipients of disability insurance compensations (Article 15 of the ZIUZEOP-A, that amends the Article 58 of the ZIUZEOP).
In accordance with Article 58 of the ZIUZEOP recipients of one-off solidarity allowance had to meet following four conditions:
When determining the entitlement to the payment of a one-off solidarity allowance, the disability insurance compensation is first recalculated to full-time work, to which other possible cash benefits from the Pensions and Disability Insurance Institute Slovenia (ZPIZ) are added:
A one-time solidarity allowance is paid to a recipient of disability insurance compensation if the sum of the recalculated amount of the compensation and any other aforementioned benefits paid by the ZPIZ does not exceed €700.
According to the Pension and Disability Insurance Institute of Slovenia (ZPIZ), 1,222 recipients of disability insurance compensation who work part-time and meet other statutory criteria received a one-off solidarity allowance. A total of €112,922 was paid to them, i.e. an average of €92.40 to an individual beneficiary.
Other groups of workers
|Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||No involvement|
|Form||Direct consultation outside a formal body||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The measure was proposed by the Federation of Disabled Workers of Slovenia - ZDIS (the largest representative organization of people with disabilities with over 60,000 members organized in 69 local organizations). ZDIS warned the drafters of the legislation that these are vulnerable individuals who, due to the specific situation, do not even have the right to a minimum wage, as due to disability they don´t work full-time.
The ZDIS proposal for the inclusion of recipients of disability insurance compensation among the recipients of the solidarity allowance was accepted by the government, which is why the ZDIS supports the measure.
Eurofound (2020), A one-off solidarity allowance for recipients of disability insurance compensation, case SI-2020-18/1272 (measures in Slovenia), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.