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 2015 1.6%

Current EBRD forecast for Slovenia’s real GDP growth in 2015 2.3%

Driven by both domestic demand and net exports, Slovenia’s economy grew by 2.6 per cent in 2014, while inflation remained low at 0.2 per cent, on the back of lower food and oil prices. In 2015 and 2016, private consumption is expected to increase, on the back of low inflation, easier monetary stance, and revival of delayed purchases of durable goods, along with an increase in private investments amidst low interest rate environment. Fiscal consolidation and deceleration of EU-funded investments will continue to limit public investments over the same period. Somewhat stronger growth in eurozone, Slovenia’s main trading partners, and somewhat higher competitiveness, due to lower labour costs and the weakening of the euro, will result in a continuing positive contribution of net exports to growth. Overall, we expect growth to moderate to 2 per cent in 2015 and edge up to 2.3 per cent in 2016.

Slovenia in the EBRD’s 2014 Transition Report

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