Slovenia overview

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In Slovenia we focus on:

Corporate sector restructuring, expanding the role of the private sector and promoting good corporate governance. Lifting the obstacles presented by excessive leverage and poorly structured corporate finances is a precondition for preventing a rapid rise in insolvencies, stabilising the banking sector and arresting the on-going economic contraction. The EBRD is seeking bankable opportunities to help restore financial viability of companies with sound underlying businesses. We will participate in the privatisation of key enterprises currently under state control, either through debt or equity financing.

Stabilising the financial sector. In what will likely be a protracted process of deleveraging, recapitalisation and consolidation, the EBRD will assist in bank asset restructuring, support healthy banks with medium term funding for the real sector, and help build up alternative funding channels. Progress with balance sheet cleansing and credible commitment to governance reform in the banking sector will open up opportunities for providing support for the privatisation of state-controlled banks.

Supporting sustainable energy. The EBRD will explore sustainable energy and resource efficiency investment opportunities, particularly in the SME sector and the residential sector. The Bank will also actively seek opportunities to identify and finance investments that would increase the renewable energy generation capacity in the country.

The EBRD’s latest strategy for Slovenia was adopted on 26 February 2014

Current EBRD forecast for Slovenia’s real GDP growth in 2016 2.2%

Current EBRD forecast for Slovenia’s real GDP growth in 2017 2.3%

Slovenia’s economy is expected to grow by 2.2 per cent in 2016 and by 2.3 per cent in 2017. Domestic demand will be the main growth driver, mainly on the back of improved labour market conditions and the recovering housing market, while the termination of availability of funds from the previous EU funding period will weigh on investments. In 2017, growth will be supported by domestic demand, including the recovery of investments and consumption. While exports growth is to remain robust, the contribution of net exports is expected to decline significantly, as imports will catch up on the back of rising domestic demand.

Slovenia in the EBRD’s 2015-16 Transition Report