Slovenia

CSOs in Slovenia win lawsuits, while cooperation between CSOs and state continues

The new Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning Simon Zajc, appointed in March 2019, has committed to continue the positive cooperation between the Ministry and the civil society organizations (CSOs) initiated by his predecessor. Read more

CSOs in Slovenia win lawsuits, while cooperation between CSOs and state continues

New government moves to open space for dialogue with civil society

A number of ministries in Slovenia's new coalition government have moved to create more space for constructive dialogue with CSOs. Read more

New government moves to open space for dialogue with civil society

Civil Society Funding Under Threat Following Elections

A possible new government threatens access to public funding for certain civil society organisations; while threats to artists and journalists continue following tense electoral campaign period. Read more

 Civil Society Funding Under Threat Following Elections

Slovenian government takes "huge steps forward" in its relations with the NGO sector

A Slovenian NGO platform is upbeat about state-civil society relations following the introduction of a new NGO law and prospects for greater funding and support to the sector as elections approach in June 2018. Read more

Slovenian government takes "huge steps forward" in its relations with the NGO sector

New NGO law welcomed as challenges to civic space remain

On 23rd March, the Slovenian parliament passed a new NGO law which, for the first time, allows all categories of NGOs to apply for public benefit status. Read more

New NGO law welcomed as challenges to civic space remain

Concerns over public vilification of civil society in Slovenia

In September 2017, 65 European and international NGO networks wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Miro Cerar asserting that the "organised pressure, as well as the media campaign against civil society organisations raise high concerns about the democratic processes in Slovenia..." Read more

Concerns over public vilification of civil society in Slovenia

Refugee crisis sparks small protests in Slovenia

On 26th January 2017, Slovenia's National Assembly passed an amendment to its Alien's Act that allows the authorities to employ 'emergency measures' to deport and deny entry to any migrant or refugee without reviewing the individual's case beforehand. Read more

Refugee crisis sparks small protests in Slovenia

Slovenia-Overview

Slovenia has an extensive civil society, with relatively high levels of volunteering. There are institutionalised processes to involve CSOs, particularly trade unions, in policy-making in several fields; however, guidelines that relevant CSOs should always be involved in policy formulation seem to be ignored more than they are observed. CSOs also experience ongoing problems of limited financial and human resources. Read more

More flexible tax rules help smaller CSOs

Smaller civil society organisations benfitted from a relaxation of tax reporting laws while protests took place without hindrance on a number of issues. Some journalists however experienced harrassment from members of the public who disagreed with their views. Read more