The Slovenian National Assembly on Friday approved a third coronavirus stimulus package worth around 1.11 billion U.S. dollars by a vote of 51 to eight, to help revive the economy amid the fallout from COVID-19.
The bill is “an exit strategy to prevent the worst consequences of the epidemic and provide assistance for the economy to get fully up and running as soon as possible,” said Minister of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities Janez Cigler Kralj.
The centrepiece of the package is a subsidy scheme, under which the government will provide funds for employers to pay compensation to furloughed workers.
The stimulus package also includes vouchers issued to residents, which will expire at the end of this year. The measure has sparked a heated debate, with the parliamentary opposition arguing that the sum of the coupons is not enough to boost consumer spending and that cash should be given out instead.
Slovenia has reported 1,473 COVID-19 cases, including 1,357 recoveries and 108 deaths.