Parliament passes EUR 3 billion stimulus package

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The National Assembly passed by 53 votes to one a EUR 3 billion stimulus package aiming to cushion the impact of coronavirus on Slovenia’s economy and society.

he umbrella law brings financial assistance for companies and workers affected by the epidemic as well as for the self-employed, pensioners, students, large families and welfare recipients. To the dismay of the opposition, the law also includes an expansion of police powers to issue fines for violations of lockdown rules, erect roadblocks, temporarily limit people’s freedom of movement and access sensitive personal data.

PM Janez Janša announced a second package that will address businesses’ liquidity problems and include corrections to the first law, while a third one would set out an “exit strategy after the government takes a decision on the end of the epidemic.”