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Factsheet for measure SI-2022-36/2838 Updated – measures in Slovenia

Ensuring transparency of retail prices for consumers

Ukrepi na področju prehrane in prehranskih veri

Country Slovenia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 September 2022 – 31 March 2023
Context War in Ukraine, Cost of Living Crisis
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Other humanitarian measures
Author Maja Breznik (University of Ljubljana) and Eurofound
Measure added 12 September 2022 (updated 13 June 2023)

Background information

In 2022, food and non-alcoholic drinks prices rose an average of 10% from 2021 levels.

Some everyday food ingredients raised more than 10% in price. For example, cooking oil (40%), butter (20%), milk (18.3%), all types of meat (20% on average), flour and cereal products (22.1%), and bread (10.8%).

The government decided to mitigate the effects of rising costs by two measures: a review of retail food prices at six retailers to assess excessive trade margins and a higher food allowance for employees.

Content of measure

The Ministry of Agriculture hired a subcontractor to review and compare prices of a maximum of 75 food products on sale by six Slovenian retailers. From 1 September 2022 to 31 March 2023, the subcontractor kept online records of prices, origin and quality of food products available to the public. The aim is to be transparent of retail prices for consumers, check the excessive increases of trade margins by retailers and control the quality of products. The reviewer should update data every 14 days. Food products included in the review are flour, bread, pasta, various types of meat, milk and dairy products, eggs, cooking oil, sugar, apples, potato, and sugar.

The government also raised the value of untaxed food allowance (for which employers do not pay taxes): from €6.12 to €7.96 a day. The decree came into force on 1 September 2022.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

27 March 2023

On 27 March 2023, the result of the last fifteenth food prices survey was issued. The analysis showed the basket of 15 staple food products reached the lowest value since the start of monitoring. Most products are not of Slovenian origin.

Use of measure

No information are available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Does not apply to businesses Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No involvement.

Views and reactions

The social partners did not react or publicly comment on this measure.


  • 30 August 2022: Decree on the tax treatment of reimbursement of costs and other income from employment (Uredba o davčni obravnavi povračil stroškov in drugih dohodkov iz delovnega razmerja (


Eurofound (2022), Ensuring transparency of retail prices for consumers, measure SI-2022-36/2838 (measures in Slovenia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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