Factsheet for case SI-2020-18/444 – Updated – measures in Slovenia
|Country||Slovenia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, started on 30 April 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 April 2020 (updated 24 February 2021)|
The 'Act Determining the Intervention Measures to Contain the COVID-19 Epidemic and Mitigate its Consequences for Citizens and the Economy ' (ZIUZEOP), adopted by the National Assembly on 2 April 2020, endows retirees and other vulnerable groups with the right to one-time solidarity allowance. The measure aims at preventing social hardship of persons with low incomes under the condition that they are permanent residents in Slovenia. Allowances vary with social groups and their revenues. The measure reaches the following social groups: retirees, unemployed disabled persons, recipients of social benefit, students, and big families.
The main subjects eligible for the 'one-time solidarity allowance' are retirees and unemployed disabled persons with the income below €700 a month. The bonus varies with the income which a person receives: it is €300 for pensioners with €500 per month and less, €230 for those with pensions between €500.01 and €600, and €130 for those with pensions between €600.01 and €700. Recipients of social benefits and regular students are entitled to one-time support of €150. All persons concerned will receive a bonus by the end of April. The ‘One-time solidarity allowance’ is exempted from taxes, social security contributions, and income tax. For the duration of the epidemic, large families will receive €100 (families with three children) or €200 bonus (with four children or more).
One-time solidarity bonus goes to vulnerable social groups whose situation particularly worsened due to the pandemic: retirees and unemployed disabled persons with income below €700 per month as well as recipients of social benefits and students. Large families exceptionally receive a bonus every month until the end of the epidemic.
The government paid off about €88 million given to almost 5.5 million people (or about a quarter of all population). The largest groups of beneficiaries are pensioners receiving €66 million of state support (310,000 people), recipients of social benefit and/or income support receiving €7.5 million (49,728 persons), students receiving €6.8 million (45,250 people) and recipients of child benefits receiving €5.7 million (125,402 people).
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
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
Trade unions and employer organizations have submitted proposals to the law. Employer organizations had no remarks linked to this measure. Trade unions proposed that also other groups in precarious employments would receive one-time solidarity allowance. This proposal was taken into consideration in the second COVID-19 law (ZIUZEOP-A from 30 April 2020)
Eurofound (2020), One-time solidarity allowance for retired persons, large families and other vulnerable groups, case SI-2020-18/444 (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.