LABOUR: Preventing illegal work and employment
The Government approved the draft amendments to the Prevention of Undeclared Work and Employment Act which transfers into Slovenian legislation Directive 2009/52/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 June 2009 providing for minimum standards on sanctions and measures against employers of illegally staying third-country nationals.
The draft Act transfers into Slovenian legislation the Directive 2010/41/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 July 2010 on the application of the principle of equal treatment between men and women engaged in an activity in a self-employed capacity and repealing Council Directive 86/613/EEC.
The Act stipulates the obligations of legal persons, sole traders and individual when employing someone, particularly third-country nationals, defining the solidarity responsibility for payments to illegally employed persons. The draft Act also introduces sanctions for disregarding the commitment and expands the competences and obligations of the Government’s commission for discovering and preventing illegal work and employment. In accordance with the Act, legal persons, sole traders and individuals will have to ask third-country nationals to submit proof of legal residence before employing them.
FINANCE: Amendments to the draft act on the TEŠ Unit 6 guarantee
The Government approved the text draft of the amendments to the act regulating the guarantee of the Republic of Slovenia for commitments from the long-term loan of 440 million euros, which will be taken by the Šoštanj Power Plant from the EIB to finance the construction of Unit 6 of the Šoštanj Power Plant with the power of 600 MW.
A group of deputies submitted to the National Assembly a draft act on TEŠ Unit 6 guarantee. At its session of 23 February 2012, the Government supported the draft Act if an amendment is introduced, which requires that a contract on guarantee must be concluded as a condition for providing the guarantee, which will define the relationship between the Republic of Slovenia and TEŠ, detailing the project timeline according to the Government’s decision on the comprehensive information about the TEŠ Unit 6.
The Government decided that in view of the high level of risk and considering Slovenia’s exposure as the owner of HSE Group to the TEŠ Unit 6 construction it was prepared to assume additional risk by issuing the guarantee in the amount of EUR 440 million under the following conditions:
the investor negotiates with all suppliers to lower the costs of the project defined in Amended Investment Programme 4 as much as possible in line with the figures defined in the Amended Investment Programme 3 – the final sum must include all costs (for example, also the costs of the interconnector to the power grid) before the guarantee is approved,
a contract is signed between Premogovnik Velenje, the coal mine operator, and Šoštanj Power Plant regarding the long-term supply of lignite according to the maximum price in the Amended Investment Programme 4 (2.25 euros/g),
the investor ensures that the project will be completed according to the original schedule,
the investor ensures that all conditions making the project profitable in accordance with the Slovenian energy policy are met, and
CO2 emissions are limited in accordance with the investment programme.