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Factsheet for measure SI-2021-32/1945 – measures in Slovenia
|Country||Slovenia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 August 2021 – 31 December 2021|
|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||11 July 2021 (updated 14 July 2021)|
On 7 July 2021, the Parliament adopted the ninth COVID-19 law (ZIUPGT). It aims at supporting the economy affected by the pandemic due to confinement measures that prevented companies from operating their economic activity or a specific and severable part of their activity. Apart from a set of measures to sustain the sectors most hit by the pandemic – read more on the Eurofound website, Case SI-2020-18/908 –, this measure addresses the meeting and events industry specifically.
The measure helps organizers of events (conferences, concerts, fairs and the like) with the partial reimbursement of expenses due to cancellation or limited realization of events. Events should be planned for the period between 1 August and 31 December 2021. Their total costs should be at least €10,000 worth.
Organizers are entitled to 80% reimbursement of costs in case of cancellation and 60% in case of limited realization of events. Only expenses incurred from 13 March 2020 onwards and directly connected to the organization of the event are eligible.
Beneficiaries must comply with the following rules:
The measure excludes national and international champions leagues, political, school, and private events. It also excludes events not taking into account restriction measures when they were planned.
Companies meet the definition of a ‘limited realization’ when, due to confinement measures, they had less than 50% of attendants or had to organize events virtually.
The Ministry of Economic Development and Technology administers the measure. Companies must send requests to the Ministry of Economy for each event separately.
|Does not apply to workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Direct consultation outside a formal body|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The ninth COVID-19 law was adopted without the Economic and Social Council (ESS) involvement. Trade unions left ESS on 14 May 2021, accusing the government of breaching the rules on tripartite social dialogue and sending laws to the parliament without prior negotiations in ESS. Apart from procedural breaches, tax reform was one of the content-related issues which drove trade unions into conflict with the government. They oppose the introduction of the social security cap and other ‘tax gifts’ on the ground that tax cuts would generate a hole in tax revenues and jeopardize social services. They announced the escalation of social conflicts in the following months.
Employer organizations proposed a one-time grant for all companies, partially or fully prevented from operating their economic activities due to confinement measures. Their proposal was not accepted. Not accepted were also their proposals to extent temporary layoff scheme (see [Eurofound website, Case SI-2020-11/436] (https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/SI-2020-11_436.html)) and a €50 reimbursement of the minimum wage (see [Eurofound website, Case SI-2021-1/1781] (https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/SI-2021-1_1781.html) until 31 December 2021.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities||I55 Accommodation|
|N - Administrative And Support Service Activities||N79 Travel agency, tour operator and other reservation service and related activities|
|N82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities|
|R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation||R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities|
|R93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2021), Partial reimbursement of costs for meeting and events industry, measure SI-2021-32/1945 (measures in Slovenia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/SI-2021-32_1945.html
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