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Factsheet for measure SI-2022-36/2838 – measures in Slovenia
|Country||Slovenia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 September 2022 – 31 March 2023|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Responses to inflation
– Support for other basic items (e.g., food, housing, public transport, medicines)
|Author||Maja Breznik (University of Ljubljana) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||12 September 2022 (updated 26 September 2022)|
Recently, the prices of food in general and some elementary ingredients, in particular, have surged to unprecedented levels. In 2022, food and non-alcoholic drinks prices rose by more than 10% compared to 2021.
Some elementary food ingredients got even more expensive: 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%). Therefore, the government decided to mitigate the effects of rising costs by two measures: a review of retail food prices at six retailers to combat excessive trade margins and a higher food allowance for employees.
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 must keep online records of prices, origin and quality of food products available to the public. The aim is to assure the transparency 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.
By another measure, the government 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.
No information are available.
Employees in standard employment
||Does not apply to businesses||Applies to all citizens|
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:
The social partners did not react or publicly comment on this measure.
Eurofound (2022), Ensuring transparency of retail prices for consumers, measure SI-2022-36/2838 (measures in Slovenia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/SI-2022-36_2838.html
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