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Measures to mitigate the consequences of the epidemic

Since the coronavirus outbreak, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia has been closely monitoring the situation at national, European and global levels. In order to control the situation and to mitigate the adverse consequences for the economy and the population in the long term, it has adopted a two-stage system consisting of:
– immediate intervention measures that can be implemented in the short term; and
– strategic measures to help the population and economy.

An advisory group has been established to assist ministries in the preparation of the first legislative package focused on the provision of rapid financial assistance to citizens to prevent and mitigate the consequences of the epidemic. The head of the group is Dr Matej Lahovnik.

The group has prepared the following orientations that will be part of the proposal for the #ACP1 guidelines:

  1. Measures to preserve jobs (adopting a new scheme for co-financing wage compensations, providing for the rewarding of persons employed and activated in critical sectors during the epidemic, sick pay and additional funds for already subsidised employments)
  2. Measures to improve the social situation of people (the status of employees who are unable to work due to force majeure, unemployment benefit from the first day of unemployment, waiving the payment of fees for public services that are not provided, solidarity bonus for pensioners)
  3. Measures to provide emergency assistance to self-employed persons (emergency assistance, basic monthly income amounting to 70% of net minimum wage, writing off contributions while maintaining rights, suspending the prepayment of income tax)
  4. Measures to keep businesses in operation (all contributions for pension insurance of employees who work to be covered by the state)
  5. Measures to improve the liquidity of businesses and provide assistance to scientific research projects aimed at fighting the epidemic (purchasing claims against Slovenian companies, suspending the prepayment of corporate income tax and the payment of self-employment income tax, reducing deadlines for payments to private suppliers in the public sector, redirecting unused ESF funds)
  6. The reduction of meeting fees and wages and exemption from paying fees for distribution services
  7. Providing aid to agriculture (providing financial aid, reducing or writing off contributions for pension and invalidity insurance, reducing the cadastral income tax for 2020, providing compensations for the mooring fee for fishing vessels amounting to 40% of the full compensation, reducing the water charge by 40% for aquaculture producers)
  8. Measures related to public procurement (amending limit values, allowing municipalities to make independent decisions on public procurement)