Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Commission has adopted support measures under the state aid Temporary Framework and EU state aid rules. These measures aim to help citizens and companies and mitigate the significant economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic:

  • On 15 September, the Commission approved  a €10 million scheme to support companies active in certain tourism sectors in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. Under the scheme, the public support, in the form of loans with subsidised interest rates, aims to help the beneficiaries refund travellers for travel packages cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak and the travel restrictions put in place to limit the spread of the virus.

  • On 17 August 2021, the Commission approved a support scheme of approximately €1.3 million to compensate the concession holder of the Postojna and Predjama caves for damages suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak and the restrictive measures implemented to limit the spread of the virus. The measure aims to compensate the concession holder for the damage incurred during the beneficiaries’ operations suspension, in order to comply with restrictions to contain the spread of the virus. The public support takes the form of a reduction of the base concession fee, and a higher deduction from the base concession fee of investments in the Postojna and Predjama cave systems compared to the contractually agreed deduction for 2020 and 2021.

  • On 12 August 2021, the Commission approved a €3.7 million scheme to support operators of cableway installations for the transport of persons on ski slopes, in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The aid, in the form of direct grants, aims to compensate 40% of the ticket revenue losses that the eligible beneficiaries incurred during the winter season 2020-2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The purpose of the scheme is to mitigate the sudden liquidity shortages faced by the beneficiaries due to the restrictive measures implemented to limit the spread of the virus.

  • on 2 August 2021, the Commission approved a €22.8 million scheme to support companies in various sectors affected by the coronavirus outbreak and the restrictive measures that the implemented to limit the spread of the virus. The public support, in the form of direct grants, covers the annual leave employee costs. The scheme is open to companies of all sizes active in the sectors most severely affected by business disruption except for the financial, agriculture, fishery and aquaculture sectors.

  • on 30 July 2021, the European Commission has approved a €3 million scheme to support companies active in the event organisation sector affected by the coronavirus outbreak and the restrictive measures implement to limit the spread of the virus. The scheme, in the form of direct grants, aims to compensate the beneficiaries for the costs of organising events scheduled to take place between 1 August 2021 and 31 December 2021, in case of cancellations or restrictions due to the measures in place.

  • on 29 July 2021, the European Commission has approved a €1.4 Slovenian scheme to support farmers affected by the coronavirus outbreak and the restrictive measures that the Slovenian authorities had to implement to limit the spread of the virus. Under the scheme, the public support will take the form of a reduction of rent costs. The scheme will be open to farmers who have a lease agreement with the Farmland and Forest Fund of Slovenia.

  • on 8 June 2021, the Commission approved a €1.5 million scheme to support potato farmers affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Under the state aid Temporary Framework, the public support, in the form of direct grants, aims to compensate farmers for their loss of income caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The aim of the scheme is to help the beneficiaries address their liquidity needs and continue their activities during and after the outbreak.

  • on 27 May 2021, the Commission approved a €6 million scheme to support beef cattle breeders affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Under the state aid Temporary Framework, the public support, in the form of direct grants, aims to help the beneficiaries address their liquidity needs and continue their activities during and after the coronavirus outbreak.

  • on 19 May 2021, the Commission approved a €820,000 scheme to support sheep and goat breeders affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Under the state aid Temporary Framework, the public support, in the form of direct grants, aims to help the beneficiaries address their liquidity needs and continue their activities during and after the outbreak.

  • on 7 May 2021, the Commission approved a €3.6 million scheme to support pig breeders affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Under the state aid Temporary Framework, the public support, in the form of direct grants, aims to help the beneficiaries address their liquidity needs and continue their activities during and after the outbreak.

  • on 23 March 2021, the Commission approved a €3.7 million Slovenian scheme to support wine producers and grape cultivators affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Under the state aid Temporary Framework the support, in the form of direct grants, aims to partially compensate the beneficiaries for their loss of income caused by the coronavirus outbreak, help them address their liquidity needs and continue their activities during and after the outbreak.

  • on 18 March 2021, the Commission approved a €4 million Slovenian scheme to support apple growers affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Under the state aid Temporary Framework, the public support, in the form of direct grants, is expected to benefit around 500 businesses. The scheme aims to help the beneficiaries address their liquidity needs and continue their activities during and after the outbreak.

  • on 15 March 2021, a €1.5 million Slovenian scheme to support operators in ancillary activities at farms, such as agro-tourism and catering, affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Under the state aid Temporary Framework, the aid, in the form of direct grants, aims to help the beneficiaries address their liquidity needs and continue their activities during and after the outbreak.

  • on 12 February 2021, a €240,000 Slovenian scheme to support managers of hunting grounds affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Under the state aid Temporary Framework, the public support, in the form of a reduction of the annual concession fees for the use of the hunting grounds, is open to micro and small enterprises active in hunting related services including the marketing of game. The measure is expected to benefit 411 managers of hunting grounds and aims to support the managers of hunting grounds who faced difficulties due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • on 9 February 2021, a €20 million Slovenian scheme to support companies active in the public transport sector affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Under the state aid Temporary Framework, the public support, in the form of direct grants, aims to compensate public transport providers and operators for the costs incurred due to the inability to carry out their activities on the background of the coronavirus outbreak, and to cover the costs of preventive hygiene means in vehicles. The purpose of the scheme is to mitigate the sudden liquidity shortages that these companies are facing due to the restrictive measures implemented by the Slovenian government to limit the spread of the virus. 

  • on 2 February 2021, under EU state aid rules, a €5 million Slovenian aid measure to compensate Fraport Slovenija, d.o.o., the operator of Jože Pučnik Ljubljana Airport for the damage suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak. The aid measure, in the form of a direct grant, allows the Slovenian authorities to compensate the airport for the revenue losses suffered during the period between 17 March and 30 June 2020.

  • on 15 January 2021, the modification of a an existing Slovenian scheme to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak, as well as a new measure, to be in line with the State aid Temporary Framework. The original scheme, initially approved in June 2020, was subsequently modified in July and November 2020. The new aid measure, funded within the budget of €1,350 million approved by the Commission under the second amendment of the existing scheme, provides grants to employers in micro and small enterprises, aiming to help them cover a 100% reimbursement of the wage compensations for employees (including social security contributions).

  • on 23 December, a €197,000 Slovenian scheme to support farmers and fishermen affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Under the state aid Temporary Framework, the public support, in the form of direct grants, is open to micro companies (natural persons) active in agriculture, forestry, fishery and aquaculture, accommodation as well as food and beverages service activities sectors. The purpose of the scheme is to compensate the beneficiaries who were unable to work on the farm or in the fishery enterprise due to the coronavirus pandemic, and thus had to hire replacement labour for the duration of their incapacity for work. The measure is expected to benefit 260 enterprises.

  • on 22 December, a Slovenian €900 million scheme to cover part of the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Under the state aid Temporary Framework, the public support, in the form of direct grants, is open to all companies except for financial institutions. The support aims to help the beneficiaries cover part of their uncovered fixed costs for the period between October and December 2020.

  • on 17 November, a €5 million Slovenian scheme to support airlines in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. Under the state aid Temporary Framework, the support will take the form of direct grants accessible to all airlines operating routes to/from Slovenia. The measure, expected to benefit around 20 airlines, aims to re-establish air connectivity to and from Slovenia, to support the recovery of tourism and the Slovenian economy overall, given the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

  • on 4 November, under EU State aid rules,  a €760,000 support measure to compensate the concession holder of the Postojna and Predjama caves for losses caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The compensation was granted for the damage incurred during the period between 16 March 2020 and 31 May 2020, when the Postojna and Predjama caves had to suspend operations in order to comply with governmental restrictions implemented to limit the spread of the virus.

  • on 30 October, a €378 million Slovenian scheme to support the self-employed affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Under the State aid Temporary Framework, the aid, which will take the form of direct grants, will be open to beneficiaries active in all sectors and is expected to benefit over 1,000 of them. The aim of the scheme is to help preserve jobs, avoid lay-offs and provide liquidity support for the self-employed, including farmers and managers of micro-enterprises, by providing a partial reimbursement of the income lost due to the emergency measures put in place to limit to spread of the virus. 

  • on 15 October, a €1.5million Slovenian scheme to support the agri-food sector in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. Approved under the State aid Temporary Framework, the scheme will grant support in the form of direct grants open to farmers and small or medium enterprises active in the processing of agricultural products. The aim of the scheme is to help the beneficiaries address their liquidity needs and help them continue their activities and keep jobs during and after the coronavirus outbreak.

  • on 14 August 2020, a €100 million Slovenian scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak, as well as research and development (R&D) and production of coronavirus-relevant products. Under the first two measures, the public support will take the form of direct grants and loans with zero interest rate, respectively, and will be open to small and medium-sized companies registered in the national Business Register. The aim of the measures is to help those companies counter the liquidity shortages they face due to the coronavirus outbreak. The other two measures aim at enhancing and accelerating R&D projects and the production of products that are relevant to the coronavirus outbreak. The public support, which will take the form of direct grants, will be open to companies of all sizes.
  • on 9 July 2020, a €222 million Slovenian scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Under the scheme, which is co-financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), the public support will be provided via subsidised interest rates or loans and will be open to all companies. The measure will be managed bythe Slovenian Export and Development bank (“SID”), acting in the name and on behalf of the Slovenian State. The measure aims at enhancing access to external financing for the companies in need, thus enabling them to continue their activities during and after the coronavirus outbreak.
  • on 30 June 2020, under EU State aid rules, a €200 million Slovenian scheme to compensate large companies for the damages suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak and the confinement measures that the Slovenian Government had to implement to limit the spread of the virus. Under the scheme, companies will be entitled to compensation of the damages incurred between 13 March and 31 May 2020, in the form of direct grants and exemptions from payment of social security contributions. The compensation will cover up to 100% of the difference between the operating results of the company concerned during the compensation period and its operating results in a reference period before the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme will be open to large companies active in all sectors, with some exceptions defined by Slovenia, namely companies active in the financial and insurance sectors. The measure is expected to benefit around 50 companies. The Commission found that the Slovenian scheme is in line with Article 107(2)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), which enables the Commission to approve State aid granted by Member States to compensate specific companies or specific sectors  for the damages directly caused by exceptional occurrences, such as the coronavirus outbreak.
  • on 29 June 2020, a €600 million Slovenian scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Under the scheme, which will be open to companies active in different sectors, the support will take the form of direct grants, payment advantages and wage subsidies. The aim of the scheme is to help companies counter the liquidity shortages they face due to the coronavirus outbreak, continue their activities and preserve employment.
  • on 30 April 2020, two Slovenian schemes to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Under the schemes, public support will be provided in the form of: rent rebates and rent exemptions for tenants of commercial real estate managed by Slovenian public bodies; and public guarantees on investment and working capital loans. Both schemes will be open to all companies active in Slovenia facing difficulties as a result of the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The aim of these schemes is to address the liquidity needs of those companies which are most severely affected by the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak and to help them to continue their activities, start investments and maintain employment during and after the outbreak.
  • on 24 April 2020, a Slovenian State aid scheme to support the Slovenian economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The Slovenian support measure is an “umbrella” scheme including a dozen measures to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Under the scheme, the public support will take the form of direct grants, wage subsidies, exemption from paying social security contributions, reduction of certain taxes and water fees, bank guarantees, deferred payment of certain credits and compensatory payments.