Companies can be eligible for support to fight excessive vitality costs beneath a €1.2 billion plan, which whereas adopted by the Nationwide Meeting Friday, some view as too little too late.
Companies can be eligible for the subsidies if their value of electrical energy, pure gasoline and steam will increase by over 50% in comparison with 2021. The subsidies will cowl between 40-80% of eligible bills, relying on the kind of support.
A brief-time work subsidy scheme can be accessible between 1 January and 31 March 2023, whereas the furlough scheme can be in place between 1 January and 30 June 2023. The subsidies will cowl 80% of gross pay as much as a most of the typical gross pay for October 2022.
The subsidies for top costs of electrical energy, gasoline and steam are valued at €850 million, whereas the furlough and part-time work schemes are at €100 million. The legislation additionally entails quite a lot of liquidity loans, amounting to €250 million.
The scheme was drawn up beneath the premise that market costs of electrical energy wouldn’t exceed €350 per MWh, although that is at the moment typically exceeded.
Consequently, firms are saying that it’s going to not assist them sufficiently in 2023 given how excessive the provides are that they’re at the moment receiving from electrical energy distributors for energy scheduled for supply subsequent 12 months.
Tibor Šimonka, the president of the Chamber of Commerce and Business (GZS), stated Slovenian firms have been receiving provides for a median of €460 per MWh.
Diminished by the subsidised quantity, they might find yourself paying €316 per MWh on common, which is “nonetheless significantly larger than the worth paid by our competitors in Europe,” he added.
In keeping with him, the higher resolution could be to set a ceiling on electrical energy costs, one thing the federal government has been reluctant to do for big companies, although such a scheme is in place for SMEs.
Financial system Minister Matjaž Han, whereas assured that the laws may have a optimistic affect, acknowledged there have been shortcomings.
“If we don’t obtain the competitiveness all of us need, we’ll take new measures within the coming weeks or months,” he stated.
(Sebastijan R. Maček | sta.si)