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Press Release

20.12.18

Slovenian government approves starting points for the rebalancing of the budget in 2019

At today’s session, the government adopted the starting points for the drafting of the proposed rebalancing of the state budget for 2019 and a breakdown of budgetary expenditure. It also discussed Slovenia’s international development cooperation and humanitarian aid strategy, and decided to continue the project of providing accommodations for unaccompanied minors applying for asylum and to increase tolls for the Karavanke tunnel for class R1 vehicles.

Starting points for the rebalancing of the budget in 2019 approved

At today’s session, the government adopted the starting points for the drafting of the proposed rebalancing of the state budget for 2019 and a breakdown of budgetary expenditure. It also established a timetable for the drafting of the proposed rebalancing and ordered the proposers of the financial plans to have their draft proposals completed by 10 January 2019.

Due to the regulations adopted and agreements concluded with representative associations and trade unions, which increase the level of budgetary expenditure, the state budget will remain unbalanced as of 3 January 2019. Since no changes were made to the budget for 2019 due to the parliamentary elections this year, a new rebalancing is required, otherwise it will be difficult to implement the state budget and those of other public sector entities (the pension and healthcare fund and municipal budgets).

The government has therefore adopted the starting points for the drafting of the proposed rebalancing of the state budget and a breakdown of budgetary expenditure, and established a timetable for the drafting of the proposed rebalancing. Proposers of financial plans must draw up their proposed financial plans by 10 January, including explanations of planned consumption, in which they must take account of the figures set out in the breakdown of expenditure.

The breakdown is drafted such that it reaches the upper limit of permissible expenditure from the state budget amounting to EUR 10.160 billion, as determined in the amended Decree on the framework for the preparation of the general government budget for the 2018 to 2020 period. That document sets a state budget surplus of 0.3 percent of GDP as a target for 2019.

Source: Ministry of Finance



International development cooperation and humanitarian aid strategy of the Republic of Slovenia to 2030

The Slovenian government adopted the International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid Strategy of the Republic of Slovenia to 2030, which sets out in detail the objectives and strategic orientations of international development cooperation and humanitarian aid, and concrete measures for its consistent and effective implementation. It sets out the substantive and organisational elements of international development cooperation and guidelines for Slovenia’s active participation at bilateral and multilateral level.

The strategy envisages the concentration of development cooperation and humanitarian aid in the priority areas of the Western Balkans, the European neighbourhood and Sub-Saharan Africa, with an emphasis on the least-developed countries and on limited contents, i.e.:
(1) decent employment and sustainable and inclusive economic development in partner countries, promotion of employment opportunities for women and young people and the development of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in partner countries;
(2) promoting the development of good management and the rule of law, including support for the establishment of effective, responsible and transparent institutions;
(3) a commitment to the sustainable management and efficient consumption of natural resources, primarily through supporting the transition to a circular economy;
(4) support for activities designed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and adapting to climate change in partner countries. The strategy brings two crossover topics to the forefront of Slovenian development cooperation: environmental protection and gender equality.

The strategy was drafted on the basis of the Resolution on International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, adopted by the Slovenian National Assembly on 26 September 2017.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs



Unaccompanied minor applicants for international protection remain housed at SGLŠ Postojna secondary-school dormitory

At today’s session, the Slovenian government resolved to continue to house unaccompanied minor applicants for international protection at the SGLŠ Postojna secondary-school dormitory until the implementation of an adequate systemic solution.

The project of housing unaccompanied minors, which has been underway at the SGLŠ Postojna secondary-school dormitory since July 2016, has proved to be a professionally successful project and an example of best practice at European scale. The youths are provided with adequate housing, which includes 24-hour care, which they require in view of their vulnerability. Such accommodations also allow for easier inclusion in society, which means more effective and faster integration and socialisation.

Source: Slovenian Migrant Welfare and Integration Office



Higher tolls at Karavanke tunnel for R1 class vehicles

The government has approved the draft Decree on tolls for the use of the Karavanke/Karawanken road tunnel, which increases the toll rate for R1 class vehicles (vehicles up to 3.5 t MPW) from EUR 5.90 to EUR 6.07. The price of non-transferable points cards for R1 class vehicles is also increased, from the current EUR 26.39 to EUR 26.97. All figures are given net of VAT.

The increase in the toll rate and the value of points cards for R1 class vehicles is the result of a decision adopted by the Bilateral Commission for the Karavanke/Karawanken road tunnel in 2015, pursuant to which the toll rate for vehicles up to 3.5 t MPW is harmonised once a year with the growth in the consumer price index in the past year. The toll rate is determined on the basis of the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP), which is published by Eurostat for the previous year, and which takes account of the median value for the area of Slovenia and Austria.

The draft decree does not increase the toll rate for use of the Karavanke road tunnel for vehicles over 3.5 t MPW (heavy goods vehicles), since tolls for heavy goods vehicles are regulated by EU laws, which stipulate that toll rates for such vehicles be set with respect to the costs of the operation, maintenance and development of the toll network. The toll rate for heavy goods vehicles for use of the Karavanke road tunnel is not set by the Bilateral Commission, but separately by the signatory states taking account of the provisions of EU law.

The effect of the proposed harmonisation of the toll rates for R1 class vehicles in 2019 is estimated at between EUR 260,000 and EUR 320,000 of additional net revenues, depending on future traffic growth outcomes.

Source: Ministry of Infrastructure



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