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6th regular session of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia

At today's session, the government decided to spend over EUR 22 million to support farmers until the autumn sowing, and to purchase this year's entire wheat harvest. It also adopted a draft amendment to the Radiotelevizija Slovenija Act and guidance regarding the preparation of budget documents.

In response to rising fuel, electricity and raw material prices, the government today announced three measures worth EUR 22.4 million to help the agriculture and fisheries sectors cope with higher production costs. The government expects that producers and growers will not increase retail prices for consumers following the receipt of the aid. There are three sets of measures: aid to the dairy sector, aid to the agricultural and fishery sectors, and aid with regard to fuels, and fertilisers and raw materials.

The government decided that all of this year's wheat harvest would be bought through the Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Commodity Reserves, in order to keep the entire crop in the country. This will give farmers a reliable buyer and stable price, while Slovenia will enter the autumn with larger commodity reserves. Further discussions on this year's wheat purchases will take place in the coming week. An indicative basket of 15 food products was agreed today with the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce (TZS). Further discussions will be held on the detailed items in the basket of food products. The price data on the products in the basket obtained by the ministry from retailers will be used by the ministry for internal analysis, and for the preparation of further measures.

The main purpose of the draft law amending the Radiotelevizija Slovenija Act is to ensure the institutional and programme autonomy of RTV Slovenia and to protect its journalistic and editorial independence. This objective is a prerequisite for RTV Slovenia to be able to carry out its statutory mission, which is based on the constitutionally protected right to freedom of expression or information.

The government adopts guidance on the preparation of budget documents. The budget documents need to be adapted to the current situation in the light of projected macroeconomic developments and risks related to the war in Ukraine and inflation, as well as the priorities of this government.

This will allow the government and the direct users of the state budget to start preparing the draft amendments to the state budget for 2023 and the draft budget for 2024 on the basis of the guidance. The changed global circumstances and the government's other policy priorities are likely to lead to the simultaneous preparation of the budget revision for 2022. Moreover, a new budgetary framework for the 2023-2025 period will also have to be prepared.