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Factsheet for measure SI-2022-6/2276 – measures in Slovenia
|Country||Slovenia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 February 2022 – 31 July 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||13 May 2022 (updated 21 June 2022)|
The rising prices of electricity, gas and fuels have brought the low-income households into a state that makes it difficult for them to support themselves. Simultaneously, since the autumn of last year, employer organisations have been alerting against rising energy prices which put the competitiveness of the Slovenian economy at risk. In March 2022, the Slovenian government responded to calls and adopted two laws for mitigation of the negative consequences due to rising energy prices for vulnerable households and the economy. Additionally, the two decrees lowered excise duties for electricity and energy sources and one fixed the price of certain petroleum products lowered excise duties for electricity and energy sources and one fixed the price of certain petroleum products.
The Government adopted the Act Determining the Urgent Measures to Mitigate the Consequences of Rising Energy Prices_ (ZUOPVCE), published on 4 March 2022. It bestowed a one-time solidarity allowance of €150 or a so-called energy voucher to vulnerable social groups. Eligible are the following groups:
Large families with four children or more were entitled to a subsidy of €200.
The one-time solidarity allowance was automatically paid on 15 April 2022 without prior request of beneficiaries. The government claimed that the measure targeted about 710,000 habitants and that the total value of the measure was €106 million.
The negative consequences of high energy prices were also addressed by lower excise duties and fixed prices of some fuels. Lower excise duties for electricity and energy sources will be in force until 31 July 2022. A fixed price of certain petroleum products (gasoline and diesel) was valid from 15 March to 30 April 2022. After harsh protests from consumer and employer organisations, the government reestablished the fixed prices of gasoline and diesel on 10 March 2022.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
Other groups of citizens
People on social benefits
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 measure was adopted without prior consultation with social partners.
The measure received supportive feedback from the general public.
Eurofound (2022), One-time subsidy for energy bills of low-income households, measure SI-2022-6/2276 (measures in Slovenia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/SI-2022-6_2276.html
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