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66th regular session of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia

At today's session, the Government adopted the Ordinance amending the Ordinance on the temporary partial restriction of movement of people and on the prohibition of gathering of people to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which stipulates that the movement of people is again restricted to within the region in the Obalno-kraška region, the Goriška region and the Koroška region. Movement is now restricted at night from 22:00 to 5:00. By way of the amendment, a negative RAT test is no longer listed among the general exceptions for entry into Slovenia. The Government also supplemented the national COVID-19 vaccination strategy.

The Government will consider the proposals put forward by the advisory group on Sunday at the latest. The Government also proposes that President Borut Pahor convene a meeting with the leaders and heads of deputy groups of all parliamentary parties before the consideration of proposals.

At today's session, the Government also adopted the spring forecast of economic trends. Recovery is expected to begin in the second quarter and accelerate in the second half of the year. However, the realisation of the forecast still strongly depends on the uncertain epidemiological situation.

The Government adopted the Ordinance amending the Ordinance on the temporary partial restriction of movement of people and on the prohibition of gathering of people to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which stipulates that the movement of people is again restricted to within the region in the Obalno-kraška region, the Goriška region and the Koroška region. Movement between these red regions and other regions is prohibited in both directions. Movement is now restricted at night from 22:00 to 5:00.

By way of the Ordinance amending the Ordinance determining the conditions of entry into the Republic of Slovenia to contain and control the COVID-19 infectious disease, the Government laid down that entry into Slovenia is possible only with a negative PCR test; the same applies to the lifting of quarantine.

The Government adopted the fourth version of the national COVID-19 vaccination strategy. Because of the spread of new strains of SARS-CoV-2, priority vaccination groups are being changed; in addition, information on vaccines in Annexes 2 and 4 to the strategy is being updated. The data on persons included on vaccination lists to be kept by vaccination centres have been more specifically defined.

The Government also issued the Ordinance amending the Ordinance on the extension of validity of driving licenses, the theoretical part of the driving test and driver qualifications cards, which extends the validity of driving licences, the theoretical part of the driving test and driver qualification cards which have expired or will expire from 16 November 2020 to 16 April 2021 due to the temporary prohibition of the offering and sale of goods and services directly to consumers in the field of drivers and vehicles in the Republic of Slovenia to 31 December 2021.

By way of the decision on extending the measures in the field of insolvency proceedings, the Government has extended such proceedings to 30 June 2021.

The Government also adopted the Decision amending the Decision extending the validity of certain measures contained in the Act Determining the Temporary Measures to Mitigate and Remedy the Consequences of the COVID-19 Epidemic (ZZUOOP) and the Act Determining the Intervention Measures to Mitigate the Consequences of the Second Wave of the COVID-19 Epidemic (ZIUOPDVE). The measures concerned are the emergency assistance measure in the form of a monthly basic income and the measure of partial compensation for the lost income for self-employed persons and company members for the duration of the ordered home quarantine or for inability to carry out work for reasons of force majeure due to the obligation to take care of a child. The ZIUOPDVE also lays down the measure of partial subsidisation of uncovered fixed costs, which is aimed at both the aforementioned target group and the remainder of the economy. Since the epidemic is still ongoing and the offering of goods and services to consumers is still prohibited in certain activities, resulting in a negative impact on the economy, including self-employed persons, company members and farmers, and since home quarantine continues to be imposed to mitigate the consequences of the epidemic, and there are still cases of workers who are unable to carry out work due to force majeure, which is caused by restrictive measures, the Government has extended the measures laid down in the ZZUOOP and the ZIUOPDVE to 30 June 2021.

The spring forecast of economic trends 2021 projects that recovery will begin in the second quarter and accelerate in the second half of the year. However, the realisation of the forecast still strongly depends on the uncertain epidemiological situation. Economic recovery will continue to be differentiated by individual activities, and the improved prospects in the international environment and the fact that the export part of the economy and the construction industry have been less affected in the second wave of the epidemic give cause for moderate optimism.