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Factsheet for measure SI-2022-23/2837 – measures in Slovenia
|Country||Slovenia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 June 2022 – 31 December 2022|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Responses to inflation
– Support for energy bills
|Author||Maja Breznik (University of Ljubljana) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||12 September 2022 (updated 09 October 2022)|
On 31 August 2022, the Parliament unanimously passed two laws to cushion the effects of the rising energy prices on households and businesses. Support to the economy due to high electricity and natural gas prices act (Zakon o pomoči gospodarstvu zaradi visokih cen električne energije in zemeljskega plina) stipulates partial subsidies for price increases to companies in all sectors, including agriculture and fishery. The law enables the state 30% co-financing of the electricity and natural gas costs above twice the increase in the prices of these two energy products in 2021 compared to 2022. In line with the Temporary Crisis Framework for State Aid measures to support the economy following the aggression against Ukraine by Russia , the state intervention is in force from 1 June to 31 December 2022.
In collaboration with business representatives and considering other EU Members' interventions, The Ministry of Economic Development and Technology (MGRT) prepared the proposal for cushioning the effects of the rising energy prices on businesses.
According to the law, the state may co-finance 30% of energy costs above twice the prices in 2021 compared to 2022. More specifically, the law brings three types of support:
The measure covers the period from 1 June to 31 December 2022. Depending on the extension of the Temporary Crisis Framework for State Aid measures to support the economy following the aggression against Ukraine by Russia by the EC, it may be extended in 2023.
The payoff will occur in two instalments, the first one until 31 December 2022 and the second one until 15 March 2023. The total support is estimated at €40 million.
|Does not apply to workers||Applies to all 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||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The employer organisation, The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (GZS), participated in drafting the law proposal. The social partners discussed the draft law at the Economic and Social Council.
Employer organisations (Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia – GZS, Association of Employers Slovenia - ZDS, Slovenian Chamber of Commerce – TZS, Chamber of Craft and Small Businesses of Slovenia – OZS, Association of Employers in Craft and Small Business of Slovenia - ZDOPS) made a list of twelve additional measures to be adopted at the national and European levels. Among the most important are three urgent interventions: to introduce the energy price cap, eliminate the dependence of the electricity price on the price of natural gas at the European level, and reintroduce a temporary layoff scheme.
No views are available from trade unions.
Eurofound (2022), Partial subsidies for energy price increase, measure SI-2022-23/2837 (measures in Slovenia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/SI-2022-23_2837.html
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