Social partners will be legal proposals on aid to the economy due to the high cost of energy in 2023 discussed at today’s extraordinary session of the Economic and Social Council (ESS). The government began consideration of the bill on aid to the economy to mitigate the consequences of the energy crisis on Thursday, and after the discussion at the ESS and before its final approval, it will be presented to coalition MPs.

Among other things, the legal proposal foresees subsidies for increased costs for electricity, gas and steam, subsidies for reduced working hours and waiting for work, and liquidity loans. In total, the measures are estimated at 1.15 billion euros. Already before that, the government by regulation limited the retail prices for business customers in contracts for 2023 concluded from November 30 until the end of the year.

They are not completely satisfied

The economy anxiously awaited the measures, as large business customers face great uncertainty and fear when concluding contracts for the coming year. Employers wanted ambitious action and as much clarity as possible on the energy price ceiling they will have to pay next year. Their primary desire was the price cap.

It is heard from employers that they are not entirely satisfied with the proposed solutions, since companies in some other European countries, e.g. in Germany, due to energy prices in a significantly better competitive position. However, these steps are still an important factor in the predictability of business in the coming year.

Meanwhile, the government, aware of budget restrictions and European guidelines, stressed that Slovenia is acting ambitiously and that the proposals represent a good basis for the competitiveness of the economy in 2023. The competent ministries and businessmen have also intensively coordinated the measures in recent weeks.

The trade unions were less likely to be heard at the time, but they are likely to be satisfied with the fact that the proposed short-time and waiting-for-work subsidy scheme provides for a condition that companies that will receive aid will not be allowed to start layoff procedures for a period of six months .