90th correspondence meeting of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia
At the correspondence meeting, the government issued an amendment to the Decree on programmes of compulsory health insurance services, the capacities required for their implementation, and the amount of funds for 2023. The government supports the establishment of a register of damage caused by the Russian Federation's military aggression against Ukraine, and the adoption of a declaration to honour the memory of the victims of the Holodomor in Ukraine.
The Decree introduces innovations for pregnant women, and provides financial resources for the implementation of the new rules governing occupational diseases
The Government of the Republic of Slovenia issued a Decree amending the Decree on programmes of compulsory health insurance services, the capacities required for its implementation, and the amount of funds for 2023 (the Decree).
Pursuant to the Health Care and Health Insurance Act, the Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia, competent chambers, associations of health care institutions, and other institutions and organisations that provide health care annually agree on compulsory health insurance services programmes, define the capacities necessary for their implementation, and determine the scope of funds. Since an agreement between the stakeholders was not reached by the end of November 2022, the government issued the Decree amending the Decree on programmes of compulsory health insurance services, the capacities required for their implementation, and the amount of funds for 2023.
The Decree provides funding for screenings that reduce the possibility of premature births, prevent infections or the death of a newborn, and identify late foetal growth restriction. Moreover, the Decree regulates funding for the identification of occupational diseases, which are caused by worker's long-term exposure to specific work environments, chemicals, or other harmful factors related to the workplace. These diseases can be extremely dangerous, and can cause serious health problems, disability, or even death.
The Decree sets out the most urgent broadening of health service programmes, namely dental care for wards with special needs, paediatric and preventive dentistry, and hospital treatment for children and adolescents with addictions to illicit substances. Furthermore, the unrealised programmes of Children and Adolescents Mental Health Centres and Adult Mental Health Centres are defined in relation to the unrealised programmes in 2022.
Source: Ministry of Health
Slovenia supports the establishment of a register of damage caused by the Russian Federation's military aggression against Ukraine
On behalf of the Republic of Slovenia, President Nataša Pirc Musar and a delegation will attend the Fourth Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe, held in Reykjavík on 16–17 May. The key political messages of the 4th summit:
- Council of Europe consolidation after the exclusion of the Russian Federation as of 16 March 2022 due to its aggression against Ukraine;
- Demonstration of assistance and support for Ukraine, including the enforcement of the responsibility of the Russian Federation, by supporting the establishment of a register of damage caused by the Russian Federation's military aggression against Ukraine;
- Confirmation of the leading role of the Council of Europe as the continent's guardian of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and as a standard-setter for facing current and emerging challenges.
Slovenia supports accession to the expanded Partial Agreement on the register of damage caused by the Russian Federation's military aggression against Ukraine. The registry, if established, will act as a platform for intergovernmental cooperation. According to rough calculations, the establishment and operation of the register should cost approximately EUR 7 million per year; the minimum contribution for Slovenia, if Slovenia joins as a participating or associate member, would be approximately 25 thousand euros.
Source: Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
The government supports the adoption of a declaration to honour the memory of the victims of the Holodomor in Ukraine
The Government of the Republic of Slovenia welcomed the initiative of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia to adopt a draft declaration to honour the memory of the victims of the Holodomor in Ukraine, which was submitted to the National Assembly by a group of deputies on 31 March 2023.
The government agrees with the definition of the mass killing by starvation in Ukraine (the Holodomor) as genocide, emphasising that the draft declaration is a demonstration of the political definition of Holodomor in Ukraine as genocide. In 1932 and 1933, the Stalinist regime artificially created famine by forced collectivisation, expropriation of Ukrainian farmers, and the deliberate confiscation of crops, causing the suffering and death of millions of Ukrainians, Belarusians, Kazakhstanis, Moldovans, and others.
The commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor takes place against the backdrop of more than a year of Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine; a violation of the latter’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, which Slovenia strongly condemns. Russia is deliberately destroying civilian and critical infrastructure in Ukraine (including agricultural facilities and farmland), pillaging Ukraine's grain stocks, and making it difficult to export grain to the most at-risk countries, causing a global food crisis.
The government therefore supports raising awareness of the atrocities of the Stalinist regime, with the aim of ensuring that such atrocities are never committed again. This keeps alive the memory of all the victims of the Holodomor, and expresses solidarity with the victims' families.
By adopting the declaration defining the Holodomor as genocide, Slovenia will join thirteen member states of the European Union and twelve non-EU states. Position supported by: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Iceland, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Georgia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the Vatican.
Source: Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs