Programme for the elimination of material deprivation approved
The European Commission has approved the new Programme for the elimination of material deprivation in the Republic of Slovenia for the 2021–2027 period. A total of EUR 32.6 million has thus been secured until 2029 to help the most vulnerable population groups and eliminate their material deprivation, of which the EU will contribute EUR 29.4 million.
The Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities will be the managing authority of the Programme, which is financed from the European Social Fund Plus as part of the policy objective "More social Europe – implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights", also in the new financial perspective.
A total of EUR 32.6 million has thus been secured until 2029 to help the most vulnerable population groups and eliminate their material deprivation, of which the EU will contribute EUR 29.4 million. EUR 2.1 million has been earmarked for this purpose in the budget of the Republic of Slovenia in 2023 and more than EUR 5 million in 2024. This also ensures the continuity of the provision of aid.
The goal is to provide aid to at least 163,900 of the most vulnerable people annually, among whom those aged over 65, children under the age of 18 and women will be particularly monitored.
The principle of partnership was of key importance in the drafting of the new Programme. Consultations with key stakeholders, humanitarian organisations and professional institutions were organised, and the document was coordinated with the relevant ministries and services of the European Commission.
The Ministry has implemented the programme of material aid to the most vulnerable people in Slovenia since 2014. The measure contributes to eliminating the worst forms of poverty by providing non-financial assistance to the materially and socially most vulnerable people, specifically:
- in the form of food packages distributed by selected humanitarian organisations, and
- by implementing various accompanying measures that promote the social inclusion of the most vulnerable people.
The groups of people who will be eligible for aid in the future are those at the highest risk of poverty, specifically:
- households without active working members but which have dependent children,
- households with partly active working adult members with dependent children,
- non-labour-intensive households without dependent children,
- retired women (in particular, those older than 75),
- single-person households (in particular, single-person households of those aged 65 and more).