39th Regular Session of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia
At today’s session, the Government adopted a proposal for an amendment to the Foreigners Act, which allows for faster issuance of residence permits. It also began consideration of the proposal for an amendment to the Employment of Foreigners Act and suspended it, as the Economic and Social Council will consider the proposal at tomorrow's meeting before it is finally adopted. It also took note of the strike agreement between the Government and the Education, Science and Culture Trade Union and authorised Minister Papič to sign it.
The Government adopted a proposal for an amendment to the Foreigners Act, which allows for faster issuance of residence permits. The adoption of the Act is necessary to relieve administrative burdens on administrative units. The amendment contains key solutions that will remove administrative obstacles and speed up the procedures for issuing and serving residence permits and registration certificates. The proposal for an amendment also provides that a foreigner whose temporary protection status has ceased may apply for a temporary residence permit within eight days of the termination of temporary protection status for any purpose determined by law. This provision shall become applicable six months after the entry into force of the Act. The amendment reintroduces full funding for Slovenian language courses for all categories of foreigners who were entitled to free Slovenian language courses before the adoption of the last amendment.
The Government also took note of the strike agreement initialled at the negotiations to resolve the strike demands of the Education, Science and Culture Trade Union of Slovenia on 18 February 2022. Negotiations between the Government and Trade Union negotiating teams resulted in an agreement to resolve the strike demands, which was initialled on 8 March 2023. The Government has authorised the head of the Government negotiating team, Minister Igor Papič, to sign the strike agreement.