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Factsheet for measure SI-2021-1/1800 – Updated – measures in Slovenia
|Country||Slovenia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 January 2021 – 30 June 2022|
|Context||COVID-19, Green Transition, Digital Transformation, European Semester|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Maja Breznik (University of Ljubljana) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||29 March 2021 (updated 31 January 2022)|
In 2021, the Ministry for Economic Development and Technology (MGRT) will provide €659 million for the economy. A majority share will go for refundable grants and less than 40% for non-refundable grants. On top of this, the seventh COVID-19 law (ZIUPOPDVE), adopted by the Parliament on 29 December 2020, gives another €320 million of refundable grants. The aim is to boost development in the recovery period. Funds will be distributed by the ministry or one of the following organizations: SID Bank, SPIRIT Business Development Agency, Public Enterprise Fund (SPS), Slovenian Regional Development Fund (SRRS), and Public Scholarship, Development, Disability and Maintenance Fund RS (JŠRIS).
Development incentives in 2021 will cover following areas:
Additional €320 million, provided by the seventh COVID-19 law ZIUPOPDVE, will go to:
All state subsidies for the economy will amount to €979.3 million in 2021. SID Bank has already successfully initiated the programme COVID-19 fund of funds in October 2020 (within the Operational programme for the implementation of the EU cohesion policy 2014-2020 and, particularly, cohesion policy action against coronavirus or REACT-EU ). The Ministry for Economic Development and Technology (MGRT) is preparing the programme for transition to a green, digital and resilient Europe within Recovery and Resilience Facility . It is expected the programme will start by the end of 2021.
Dnevnik daily reported results from the company survey conducted by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (GZS). According to the survey (involving 423 respondents), most important mechanisms for the stabilization of the economy were: temporary layoff scheme (77% of the companies), short-time scheme (34%) and sick leave paid by the state (25%). Eighteen per cent of companies took advantage of the deferred payment of credit obligations and sixteen per cent the deferred payment of taxes. The new guarantee loans are expected to benefit seven percent of companies.
|Does not apply to workers||Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
National Recovery and Resilience Facility
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 topic was discussed at the Economic and Social Council. Social partners had an opportunity to be informed and share their ideas. Some of their proposals were accepted, such as partial reimbursement of fixed costs or support to tourism and hospitality.
In preparing the Recovery and Resilience Facility Plan, the important EU mechanism for economic recovery in 2021-2023, social partners lack more content-oriented dialogue. As partners in the Economic and Social Council, employer organizations and trade unions were only acquainted with the proposals, but they had no influence on their design. Social partners hope that they will have a more open dialogue with the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy (SVRK) in March 2021. They believe the funds can be used more effectively.
Eurofound (2021), Development incentives in 2021, measure SI-2021-1/1800 (measures in Slovenia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/SI-2021-1_1800.html
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