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83rd regular government session

At today’s session, the Government decided to make the vaccinated-tested-recovered requirements mandatory for organised public events, public gatherings in enclosed spaces and public gatherings in open-air venues with over 100 participants.

The Ordinance amending the Ordinance on temporary measures to reduce the risk of infection and spread of COVID-19 does not abolish the obligation to wear face masks in open public spaces if the minimum distance of 1.5 metres between persons cannot be maintained. Exceptions for which the use of a face mask is not mandatory now include speakers at events or gatherings in enclosed public spaces, provided that they meet the vaccinated-tested-recovered requirements and maintain a distance of at least two metres from other participants. Certificates provided by persons who received doses of vaccine from different manufacturers were added to the general exceptions from border crossing restrictions. In addition, the Government adopted the budget allocation for 2022 and 2023 and the proposal for the Scientific Research and Innovation Activities Act. It also issued the Ordinance on the Climate Change Funding Programme for the 2021–2023 period.

The Government issued the Ordinance amending the Ordinance on the temporary restriction on the gathering of people to prevent the spread of COVID-19, changing the requirements for taking part in organised public events and gatherings in enclosed spaces. Organised public events, public gatherings in enclosed spaces and public gatherings in open-air venues with over 100 participants are allowed if the participants meet the recovered-vaccinated-tested requirements (they either recovered from COVID-19, have a vaccination certificate or present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result). The amending ordinance no longer imposes the mandatory use of face masks at organised public events and public gatherings in enclosed spaces, as this obligation is already laid down in the Ordinance on temporary measures to reduce the risk of infection and spread of COVID-19. However, the amending ordinance still includes the recommendation that the organisers of public events and gatherings and the people taking part in such events and gatherings should follow all the sanitary instructions and recommendations of the National Institute of Public Health in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These changes will apply from 28 June 2021 and will remain valid up to and including 4 July 2021.

The Government issued the Ordinance amending the Ordinance on temporary measures to reduce the risk of infection and spread of COVID-19, which stipulates that:
– face masks must still be worn in open public spaces if a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between persons cannot be maintained;
– speakers at events or gatherings in enclosed public spaces that meet the vaccinated-tested-recovered requirements and can maintain a minimum distance of two metres to other participants are exempt from wearing face masks.

The Ordinance amending the Ordinance determining the conditions of entry into the Republic of Slovenia to contain and control the COVID-19 infectious disease introduces:
• certificates required for border crossing for persons who received doses of vaccine from two different manufacturers,
• changes to the lists of countries.

The Government adopted the budget expenditure allocation or ceilings and prepared a schedule for the drafting of the proposed amendments to the state budget for 2022 and the proposed state budget for 2023. The budget allocation estimates a total expenditure of EUR 13.30 billion for 2022 and a total expenditure of just under EUR 13.05 billion for 2023.

The proposal for the Scientific Research and Innovation Activities Act establishes a new systemic framework, which will propel the scientific research activities to a new level by unlocking the development potential, enable a faster development of these activities and improve the integration into the European and global research area, while also facilitating a more efficient transfer of knowledge and integration into the economy. The act systematically regulates the scientific research activities, which are predominantly carried out at research institutes and universities, but also interact with the broader framework of scientific research and innovation activities.

The Government issued the Ordinance on the Climate Change Funding Programme for the 2021–2023 period. The Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning estimated the available funds, i.e. the overall assessment of inflows and transfers of unused funds from previous years, for the 2021–2023 period to EUR 429.873 million.