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State Secretary Frangež presents flood relief measures for the business sector to foreign chambers of commerce and industry

The State Secretary at the Ministry of the Economy, Tourism and Sport, Matevž Frangež met with representatives of the international chambers of commerce and industry in Slovenia. He presented the measures taken so far by the Government to help the business sector recover from the floods. He also called on the chambers of commerce to communicate to their industries and businesses that Slovenia is, for the most part, an economically viable and safe country.

He expressed the hope that foreign business partners would continue to cooperate with the Slovenian companies that have been affected by the floods.

In his presentation, State Secretary Matevž Frangež outlined the measures taken by the Government and the next steps ahead. He highlighted the advantages of the Slovenian economy, the good cooperation so far and the integration of Slovenian companies in international supply chains. He hoped that international companies would continue their cooperation with Slovenian companies. The Ministry also informed the representatives of foreign chambers of commerce and industry about the damage assessment procedure for companies in Slovenia, as these procedures and aid also apply to damage to foreign-owned enterprises affected by the floods.

State Secretary Frangež stressed: "The Slovenian Government is doing its utmost to ensure that the affected businesses receive aid as soon as possible, repair the damage and resume production. The Ministry of the Economy is working closely with representatives of the Slovenian business sector to put in place emergency measures to help affected businesses get back on their feet."

Mr Frangež highlighted the reliability of Slovenian businesses and the importance of their continued integration into international supply chains: "The Slovenian Government stands behind the affected businesses, which will soon be able to resume their operations, so foreign business partners and existing buyers should not look for alternative suppliers. Only a part of Slovenia has been affected, but most of the country is functioning normally, as is the Slovenian business sector. Foreign investment in Slovenia is welcome, valued and safe."
On this occasion, State Secretary Frangež took the opportunity to thank the representatives of the foreign chambers for all the help they had given Slovenia in dealing with the aftermath of the floods.

The representatives of the foreign chambers welcomed the Government's swift response to the floods and the measures taken to support the business sector. They exchanged information on the damage to the business sector, state aid to businesses and measures, and current issues related to the recovery from the floods.

The meeting at the Ministry was attended by representatives of the Slovenian-German Chamber of Commerce, the AmCham Slovenia – American Chamber of Commerce, the Centre for International Business at the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Advantage Austria, the British-Slovenian Chamber of Commerce, and the Italian Trade Agency for the promotion abroad and the internationalisation of Italian companies.