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Prime Minister Robert Golob Meeting with the Representatives of Political Parties, Energy Companies and Economists to Discuss Current Challenges

To strengthen cooperation and provide comprehensive solutions to deal with inflation and ensure Slovenia's energy security, Prime Minister Robert Golob invited the presidents and leaders of the parliamentary groups, economists and representatives of energy companies to a special meeting.

Two types of measures were presented at the panel. "On the one hand, the equalisation of all consumers among themselves, that is to say, all household consumers, even if they live in blocks of flats and even if they buy electricity or gas from managers or group boiler houses," the Prime Minister pointed out, stressing that the government would use the intervention legislation to equalise the different consumers. He recalled that last winter there was a major problem, with prices varying considerably between those consumers who could buy directly from suppliers and those who had to do so in blocks from managers.

The Prime Minister, Dr Robert Golob, has also announced emergency legislation to reduce the VAT rate on all energy products, not only electricity or natural gas, but also woody biomass, etc. He also announced that the regulation of natural gas will be discussed at tomorrow's cabinet meeting. "Following the example of electricity regulation, we will cap the ceiling price for the coming winter at a sustainable level, significantly below market feed-in tariffs." He stressed that the prices will apply to protected categories, adding: "Natural gas prices will be reduced for all consumers as of 1 September. Not all will benefit equally, but all will benefit from these measures, especially from the VAT reduction."

Targeted measures will be presented shortly and will be targeted at those who are particularly in need.

The consultation, which was professional and constructive, will be a good basis for discussing the most difficult issues for the country in the future. They will meet again in a similar format in August, when government representatives will present interventionist laws to the opposition before the National Assembly. "We will seek consensus to ensure that the laws are adopted as quickly as possible, as they need to enter into force before the heating season," the Prime Minister concluded.