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 2.0%
Current EBRD forecast for Slovenia’s real GDP growth in 2017 2.3%
Slovenia’s economy grew at the rate of 2.9 per cent year-on-year in 2015, driven by net exports and private consumption. In 2016 and 2017, domestic demand will be the main driver of growth, mainly on the back of improved labour market conditions and a recovering housing market. This will be more than offset by moderating public spending due to fiscal consolidation and termination of the previous EU funding period by end-2015.
The contribution of net exports to growth is also expected to decline significantly, as imports will rise on the back of rising domestic demand, albeit with still strong exports. Overall, the economy is expected to grow by 2.0 per cent in 2016 and by 2.3 per cent in 2017.