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05/17/2024 High-level conference of Banka Slovenije and the International Monetary Fund High-level international and Slovenian speakers, panellists and experts from financial and consulting firms participated in the joint high-level conference of Banka Slovenije and the International Monetary Fund titled "Financial systems in the CESEE region". They discussed how supportive financial systems are to economic development and how to strengthen their role.
05/16/2024 Hosting the regional governors’ lunch The Governor of Banka Slovenije, Boštjan Vasle, hosted a business lunch today in Portorož for the regional governors and representatives of the International Monetary Fund, who, among other things, discussed challenges in the monetary policy of the CESEE region. The lunch meeting took place as part of the international conference held by Banka Slovenije and the International Monetary Fund.
05/15/2024 Relatively favourable economic trends continue in the first quarter of 2024 At the beginning of 2024, economic activity in Slovenia remained relatively favourable and its year-on-year growth was above the euro area average. It continued to be driven by domestic demand, while net trade also contributed positively to GDP growth. Based on the trends in the first quarter, the economic outlook also remains solid for the remainder of 2024.
05/11/2024 Masters of the Digital Future titles awarded by the Governor and the President The grand finale and concluding ceremony of this year's debating project organised by Banka Slovenije took place today. The sponsors of the Masters of the Digital Future project, Slovenian President Nataša Pirc Musar and Banka Slovenije Governor Boštjan Vasle, presented the well-deserved awards to the winners. Among the secondary school students, the Masters of the Digital Future title went to the Bežigrad High School and Ledina High School teams, while among the primary school pupils the title was awarded to the Domžale Primary School and Vencelj Perko Domžale Primary School teams.
05/07/2024 Dan družine in mednarodni muzejski dan v Muzeju Banke Slovenije Vsako leto maja obeležujemo mednarodni dan družine (15. maja) in mednarodni muzejski dan (18. maja). Tudi letos bomo oba dneva s posebnim programom obeležili v Muzeju Banke Slovenije. Pripravili bomo sprehod po muzeju za družine, vodeni ogled za odrasle in ekipno igro Atlantova skrivnost.
05/07/2024 Invitation to apply for donations tender in 2024 Content available in Slovene only.
05/06/2024 Financial Stability Review: Systemic risks to the Slovenian financial system remain low to moderate Banka Slovenije assesses that the general level of systemic risks to the banking system continues to decrease and is currently at a low to moderate level. Resilience to systemic risks has further increased. Due to weak economic activity in the euro area and external, especially geopolitical, tensions, the level of uncertainty remains high. Under these conditions, we have increased the level of cyber risk compared to the last review. Among systemic risks, we have lowered the assessment of interest rate risk, while keeping the others unchanged.
04/25/2024 Banka Slovenije action to limit climate change and its impact Within its mandate, Banka Slovenije is committed to playing its full part in limiting climate change and its impact, and in meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. This was the motive for drawing up the Climate plan for 2024-2026, which focuses on implementing the strategic guidelines in the area of climate change and environmental protection.
04/25/2024 Vabilo na novinarsko konferenco
04/24/2024 Banka Slovenije received 67 reports of breaches via its reporting system last year
04/18/2024 Governor’s statement on the spring meetings of the IMF and the World Bank The main focus of discussion at the spring meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, which are taking place in Washington, D.C. this week, is the global economic situation, which is increasingly being impacted by the geopolitical situation.
04/16/2024 Vabljeni na počitniški dan v Banko Slovenije Osnovnošolske otroke tudi letos vabimo, da med počitnicami en dan preživijo v naši družbi. Pridružijo se nam lahko 30. aprila, 3. julija, 7. in 14. avgusta 2024. Počitniški dan je brezplačen, treba pa se je prijaviti. Vabljeni.
04/12/2024 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting, with commentary on the current situation The latest data shows economic activity continuing to stagnate in the euro area in the first quarter of this year, while inflation is continuing to gradually fall. Because the key ECB interest rates are currently at levels that are making a substantial contribution to reducing inflation to its 2% target rate, the Governing Council has decided to leave the rates unchanged. Our next steps will continue to be decided on a meeting-by-meeting approach.
04/12/2024 Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group Next week, from 15 to 20 April, the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WB) will take place in Washington, D.C.
04/04/2024 Moderate economic growth continues in first quarter; fall in inflation comes to temporary halt Current indicators point to stagnation in economic activity in the euro area in the first quarter of this year, while inflation is gradually slowing. The economic situation in Slovenia remained relatively favourable during this period, although the fall in inflation came to a temporary halt. The labour market remained robust, with a low unemployment rate and high wage growth.
03/26/2024 Banka Slovenije continues dialogue with companies
03/22/2024 Art competition titled Quarter Century of the Euro Banka Slovenije hosted a number of events to mark Global Money Week, which runs from 18 to 24 March 2024. Among other things, for the fourth year in a row, we have organised an art competition open for kindergartners and primary schools. We are collecting entries until the end of April, the artwork until the end of the school year. The winners will be announced in the autumn.
03/22/2024 Global Money Week at Banka Slovenije On 18 March 2024 Banka Slovenije opened Global Money Week with a seminar for educators, attended by representatives from various institutions. Throughout the week, different activities were held at the Banka Slovenije Museum, on social media and remotely for primary and secondary schools and other interested parties. As part of this special week, kindergartens and primary schools are also invited to participate in an art competition.
03/13/2024 Survey on access to financing Access to financing was again one of the least important limiting factors faced by firms in 2023. Firms continued to be most curtailed by inflation, production and labour costs, and domestic demand. The firms in the survey on access to financing for 2023 report a net increase in demand for almost all types of external financing, but at the same time assess access to financing as having worsened for almost all types.
03/13/2024 ECB announces changes to the operational framework for implementing monetary policy The Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) today concludes review of the operational framework for implementing monetary policy that started in December 2022.
03/08/2024 Governor’s statement following the ECB Governing Council’s monetary policy meeting, with commentary on the current situation Yesterday, members of the ECB’s Governing Council discussed the latest forecasts for the euro area, which predict lower inflation and slightly slower economic growth this year compared to previous forecasts. Based on the new macroeconomic projections and the latest data, which point to the persistence of domestic inflationary pressures in the face of easing inflation, the Governing Council members decided to keep the ECB’s key interest rates unchanged.
03/08/2024 Zbiramo likovne rešitve za priložnostne kovance V Banki Slovenije bomo v skladu z odločitvijo Vlade RS v letu 2025 izdali dva priložnostna kovanca. Namenjena bosta (i) obeležitvi 100. obletnice rojstva Mikija Mustra (spominski kovanec) in (ii) Evropski prestolnici kulture 2025 Nova Gorica – Gorizia (zbirateljski kovanci). V ta namen razpisujemo javni anonimni natečaj za oblikovanje likovnih rešitev omenjenih priložnostnih kovancev.
03/04/2024 Economic growth continues in the first quarter The data for the euro area points to a moderate contraction in economic activity in the early part of the year, and the continuing gradual slowdown in inflation. While the situation varies from sector to sector, the data in Slovenia points to solid quarterly economic growth, albeit down slightly on the end of last year. Inflation is also down. The labour market remains relatively robust, and growth in the average gross wage remains high.
02/27/2024 Bilateral meeting of Bank Boards of Banka Slovenije and Central bank of Ireland The members of the Governing Board of Banka Slovenije thus held a joint session today with members of the Bank board of Central bank of Ireland. They discussed the macroeconomic situation and monetary policy responses and financial stability and supervision.
02/22/2024 Financial statements of the ECB for 2023 The European Central Bank’s (ECB’s) audited financial statements for 2023 show a loss of €1,266 million (2022: zero) which will be carried forward on the ECB’s balance sheet to be offset against future profits. This loss takes into account the full release of the provision for financial risks, amounting to €6,620 million, which partially covered losses incurred during the year. There will be no profit distribution to the euro area national central banks (NCBs) for 2023.
02/15/2024 No significant change in cost of basket of payment services last year; cap on charge for basic payment account left unchanged Banka Slovenije’s annual analysis finds that the cost of the basket of payment services reflecting the payment habits of the typical customer averaged EUR 70.22 in 2023, down EUR 0.49 on 2022. The range between the cheapest and the most expensive basket remains very wide.
02/14/2024 Likelihood of receiving counterfeit euro cash remains low The likelihood of receiving a euro counterfeit when using cash in Slovenia remains low. Working with the police, we find that the number of counterfeit banknotes and coins withdrawn from circulation last year was again up on the previous year. But the number of counterfeits remains very low compared with the total number of euro banknotes and coins in circulation in Slovenia. There is a similar finding with regard to the total face value of counterfeit euros detected in Slovenia, which rose last year but remained low.
02/14/2024 Slowdown in GDP growth last year; figures improve at the end of the year Following the strong post-pandemic recovery, average GDP growth slowed last year, but the data for the final quarter is already pointing to the renewed strengthening of the economy. Banka Slovenije is forecasting moderate economic growth of around 2% this year.
02/13/2024 Money Week at Banka Slovenije In March each year, financial institutions mark Global Money Week. This year the week will be marked from 18 to 24 March 2024 under the aegis of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on the topic of Protect your money, secure your future. Banka Slovenije is participating for the fourth year running with a range of programmes for all age groups. Expanding financial education and improving financial literacy are indeed part of our key efforts.
02/13/2024 Proof quality commemorative coins and euro coin sets for 2023 to go on sale on 27 February Banka Slovenije’s final numismatic products for 2023, namely commemorative coins marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Josip Plemelj and the set of euro coins minted in 2023, will be released for sale and circulation on 27 February in proof quality. The online orders have been reserved, and will be available for pickup at selected collection points until 11 March.
02/04/2024 Dijaki Gimnazije Ledina so Mojstri digitalne prihodnosti V okviru debatnega projekta Mojstri digitalne prihodnosti, ki ga v letošnjem šolskem letu organiziramo v Banki Slovenije, smo dobili nove zmagovalce. Na izbornem turnirju med srednjimi šolami je v kategoriji neizkušenih debaterjev zmagala Ledina Mladina iz Gimnazije Ledina. V kategoriji izkušeni debaterji pa sta se na finalni turnir uvrstili ekipi Amethyst iz Gimnazije Bežigrad in Worcestershire sauce iz Gimnazije Vič.
01/30/2024 We are expanding our work on climate change In the framework of ECB, we have decided to expand work on climate change by identifying three focus areas that will guide its activities in 2024 and 2025.
01/30/2024 Presentation of IMF findings at close of consultations in Slovenia Today saw the close of the regular consultations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission in Slovenia. The purpose of the consultations was to review the latest economic developments, the functioning of the financial sector and the banking system, risks related to climate change and challenges ahead. The first findings were presented at today’s press conference.
01/29/2024 Improvement in a number of economic indicators going into this year The euro area economy continued to cool in the final quarter of last year. Inflation is expected to slow further over the coming months, despite its slight rise at the end of last year. Slovenia has also seen signs of recovery in recent months, and inflation is gradually slowing. The labour market remains robust, and year-on-year wage growth remains high.
01/27/2024 Učenci OŠ Venclja Perka Domžale prvi Mojstri digitalne prihodnosti V okviru debatnega projekta Mojstri digitalne prihodnosti, ki ga v letošnjem šolskem letu organiziramo v Banki Slovenije, smo dobili prve zmagovalce. Na izbornem turnirju med osnovnimi šolami je v kategoriji neizkušenih debaterjev zmagala ekipa Argumasterji iz Osnovne šole Venclja Perka Domžale. V kategoriji izkušeni debaterji pa sta se na finalni turnir uvrstili ekipi Hitri lenivci iz Osnovne šole Domžale in Mariposas iz iste osnovne šole.
01/26/2024 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting, with commentary on the current situation The euro area economy continued to cool in the final quarter of last year. Inflation rose slightly at the end of the year, and remains above its target rate, but is expected to resume its gradual decline over the coming months. In these circumstances we took the decision on the Governing Council to leave the ECB’s key interest rates unchanged.
01/25/2024 Vabilo na novinarsko konferenco ministra, guvernerja in vodje misije MDS
01/18/2024 Regular consultations with the IMF mission begin In accordance with Article IV of the IMF’s Articles of Agreement, regular consultations with the IMF mission will be held until 30 January 2024. Their preliminary findings will be presented at the conclusion of the mission.
01/11/2024 Celebrate Prešeren Day at the Banka Slovenije Museum and Mala Galerija Banke Slovenije On Slovenia’s cultural holiday, celebrated on the 8 February, the Banka Slovenije Museum is once again organising a special programme for all age groups. We are inviting families with children at 11 am for a family tour of the museum, while adults are invited on a guided tour of the museum starting at 2 pm. At 4 pm, you can try your luck at a virtual game called Atlas's Secret. On this festive day, you are also welcome to visit Mala Galerija Banke Slovenije, which will open a new exhibition entitled From Word to Form at 7 pm.
01/08/2024 New statistics on the distribution of household wealth now available New experimental statistics on distribution of household wealth in euro area, drawn up under the aegis of the European Central Bank (ECB), show household net wealth in euro area increased by 29%, which is around €13.7 trillion over last five years.
12/22/2023 Banka Slovenije is changing over to more active macroprudential policy With the aim of managing risks and maintaining the resilience of the Slovenian banking system, we are updating our macroprudential policy toolkit. We have taken the decision to introduce a positive neutral countercyclical capital buffer rate. This is a preventively pitched instrument, which aims to increase the resilience of the Slovenian banking system. Banks will be required to meet a capital buffer rate of 1.0% as of 2025. At the same time we are reducing the sectoral buffer that addresses the risks inherent in the real estate market.
12/21/2023 Banks performing well as the year draws to a close The moderate economic growth and the continuing monetary policy measures by which high inflation is being addressed within the framework of the ECB brought an additional improvement in the performance of Slovenian banks over the first ten months of the year. Amid low net impairments and provisions, pre-tax profit over the first ten months of the year was well up on the figure from the whole of 2022.
12/20/2023 Moderate growth in economic activity over the years ahead; inflation to gradually ease After the strong post-pandemic recovery of recent years, the significant decline in international trade and cooling domestic demand are driving a slowdown in this year’s GDP growth in Slovenia to 1.3%. Economic growth will stabilise at over 2% in the next few years. Inflation will gradually ease over the projection horizon, but will remain above the monetary policy target level, and will continue to exceed the euro area average, despite closing the gap. The tight labour market will see employment growth slow, while wage growth will remain high, outpacing growth in productivity.
12/19/2023 Vabilo na novinarsko konferenco
12/15/2023 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting, with commentary on the current situation The Governing Council of the ECB was briefed yesterday on the latest macroeconomic projections for the euro area. They show inflation continuing to slow and economic growth gradually recovering over the period to 2026. In these circumstances we took the decision on the Governing Council to again leave the ECB’s key interest rates unchanged. We also decided to advance the normalisation of the monetary policy securities portfolio.
12/15/2023 Masters of the Digital Future – Banka Slovenije's Debate Project Banka Slovenije is, under the patronage of Slovenia’s President, Nataša Pirc Musar, and Banka Slovenije's Governor, Boštjan Vasle, organising a project entitled Masters of the Digital Future debate, which will take place during the 2023/2024 school year. The project will be carried out in cooperation with the Slovenian debate organisation Za in proti, zavod za kulturo dialoga (Pro et Contra, Institut for Cultural Dialogue). It is intended for students in the last three grades of primary school and for secondary-school students.
12/11/2023 Study on the environmental impact of euro banknotes The European Central Bank today published an environmental footprint study of euro banknotes as a payment instrument. It shows that the average environmental footprint for payments with banknotes was 101 micropoints (µPt) per euro area citizen in 2019. This is equivalent to driving a car for 8 km, or 0.01% of the total environmental impact of a euro area citizen’s annual consumption activities.
12/08/2023 V Mali galeriji Banke Slovenije razstava Sedem žutih zlatih V Mali galeriji Banke Slovenije smo odprli razstavo z naslovom Sedem žutih zlatih – Denar v vsakdanjem in prazničnem življenju, ki je posvečena zgodovinskemu vidiku denarja v vsakdanjem in prazničnem življenju skozi ljudsko izročilo, ki je pravo bogastvo informacij o lastnostih ter posebnostih življenja na Slovenskem. Razstavo smo pripravili v sodelovanju z Narodnim muzejem Slovenije, Slovenskim etnografskim muzejem in Numizmatičnim društvom Slovenije. Na ogled je do 13. januarja 2024.
12/05/2023 Commemorative coins and set of 2023 euro coins in BU quality on sale from 19 December The commemorative coins marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Josip Plemelj and the set of euro coins minted in 2023 of BU quality are being released by Banka Slovenije on 19 December. The online orders have been reserved, and will be available for pickup at selected pickup points until 5 January 2024. Information about the pickup of the commemorative coins and the coin sets of proof quality will be provided later.
11/30/2023 "European culture" and "Rivers and birds" as possible themes for future euro banknotes The ECB is preparing for the issue of a new series of euro banknotes. The decision was made to give the new series a new look, as well as upgrading the security elements.
11/14/2023 Economic activity slowing in line with expectations The Slovenian economy is slowing in line with forecasts: activity in the third quarter was down on the previous quarter, albeit up moderately in year-on-year terms. The slowdown in activity in the third quarter was attributable to cooling foreign and domestic demand, which are increasingly curtailing corporate performance and worsening the short-term economic outlook. The current indicators also suggest that the economic situation will remain challenging for the remainder of the year. The situation on the labour market nevertheless remains encouraging.
11/08/2023 Celebrate Ta veseli dan kulture (day of culture) at the Banka Slovenije Museum and Mala galerija Banke Slovenije Ta veseli dan kulture is celebrated every year in Slovenia on 3 December, on the birthday of the poet France Prešeren. This year, we will again be organising a special programme for children and adults at the Banka Slovenije Museum and exhibition room Mala galerija.
11/08/2023 Kamen na kamen palača – zmagovalci likovnega natečaja V Banki Slovenije smo razglasili zmagovalce likovnega natečaja Kamen na kamen palača, ki smo ga pripravili v sklopu Svetovnega tedna denarja. Z izbrano temo smo se želeli pokloniti 100. obletnici bančne palače na Slovenski 35, saj je aprila 2023 minilo sto let od njenega dokončanja. Na likovni natečaj se je prijavilo več kot 300 otrok iz 17 različnih vrtcev in osnovnih šol, izbrali pa smo pet zmagovalnih skupin v treh starostnih kategorijah, ki so ustvarile svojo podobo bančne palače.
10/27/2023 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting, with commentary on the current situation Economic activity is slowing in the euro area, while inflation is gradually easing but remains well above the ECB’s target rate. The latter is reinforcing the expectations of market participants regarding an extended period of high key central bank interest rates. In these circumstances the Governing Council of the ECB has decided, after ten consecutive meetings at which interest rates were hiked by a total of 4.5 percentage points, to leave the ECB’s key interest rates unchanged on this occasion. It should be reiterated that our next steps will remain dependent on the situation at the time.
10/23/2023 Digital Euro: Cash meets Technology At Banka Slovenije, we have organised a roundtable entitled Digital Euro: Cash meets Technology, where the panellists discussed why central banks are considering issuing a digital euro, the benefits of digital currency for users, the potential risks and what a digital euro would make for cash.
10/20/2023 Slowing economic activity in the third quarter; inflation above the euro area average Economic activity is slowing in the euro area, while inflation is gradually easing but remains well above the central banks’ target. The latter reinforces the expectations of market participants regarding an extended period of high key central bank interest rates. Similarly in Slovenia, indicators point to slowing economic activity during the third quarter of this year, while inflation remains high.
10/20/2023 Guverner je gostil ministra za gospodarstvo, turizem in šport Guverner Boštjan Vasle je danes na delovnem obisku gostil ministra za gospodarstvo, turizem in šport Matjaža Hana. Ob tej priložnosti je guverner ministru predal zbirateljski kovanec, ki smo ga v Banki Slovenije letos izdali ob dnevu slovenskega športa.
10/20/2023 Awards for seven master's and one doctoral dissertations This year once again Banka Slovenije has awarded prizes for the best dissertations by students in the field of finance. Out of twenty-five dissertations applying, the selection committee chose seven best master’s and one best doctoral dissertations.
10/19/2023 Digital euro as additional payment method; shift to preparation phase The Eurosystem is exploring the possibility of issuing its own central bank digital currency – a digital euro. This would represent a response to changes in the area of payments brought about by digitalisation, and would provide the population an additional secure and trusted payment method. The investigation phase of the digital euro project began in October 2021; yesterday, the Governing Council of the ECB adopted a decision to proceed to the next, preparation phase.
10/09/2023 Financial Stability Review: recent decline in systemic risks to the banking system Banka Slovenije’s assessment is that the general level of systemic risks to the banking system has improved over the recent period. The major factors in this improvement are the uptick in the banks’ income position brought by the rise in interest rates, and the lesser realisation of risks than had been suggested by the figures from the early part of the year. We should also highlight that the level of uncertainty remains high, on account of the persistence of high inflation even as the global economy cools.
10/06/2023 Governor attends Globsec Tatra Summit Governor Boštjan Vasle is attending a conference entitled Upward trail: Forging economic growth, which is being held in the High Tatras in Slovakia over the next few days, hosted by Globsec.
10/06/2023 Annual Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group The Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WB) take place in Marrakech, Morocco until 15 October.
10/05/2023 Vabilo na novinarsko konferenco
10/04/2023 Open day marks official start of Masters of the Digital Future debate project Banka Slovenije today held its Meet Banka Slovenije open day, which marked the official start of the Masters of the Digital Future debate project, which in this school year is being run under the patronage of President Nataša Pirc Musar and Governor Boštjan Vasle. The aim of the debate project is to take a step forward in educating young people about financial matters, while emphasising the importance of incorporating digital advances into the education process.
10/02/2023 Slovenia’s first gold medallists were awarded a collector coin to mark the Day of Slovenian Sport Banka Slovenije has issued a collector coin to mark the Day of Slovenian Sport, a national holiday celebrated on 23 September. In this way we are honouring an event of great significance to the country, namely the first two Olympic gold medals for an independent Slovenia. On this occasion, we hosted the winners of the first two Olympic gold medals, rowers Luka Špik and Iztok Čop and shooter Rajmond Debevec, at the Banka Slovenije Museum.
09/29/2023 Governor participates a conference of the Central Bank of Northern Macedonia Governor Boštjan Vasle is attending a conference in Skopje titled Resurgence of inflation and the new geopolitical realities, redesigning macroeconomic policy, hosted by the National Bank of the Republic of North Macedonia and the Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee.
09/22/2023 Day of Slovenian Sport on collector coin Banka Slovenije has issued a collector coin to mark the Day of Slovenian Sport, a national holiday celebrated on 23 September. In this way we are honouring an event of great significance to the country, namely the first two Olympic gold medals for an independent Slovenia.
09/15/2023 Masters of the Digital Future – Banka Slovenije's Debate Project Banka Slovenije invites students in the last three grades of primary school, secondary-school students and their teachers to participate in the debate project Masters of the Digital Future, which will be carried out this school year under the patronage of the Slovenian President, Nataša Pirc Musar, and the Banka Slovenije Governor, Boštjan Vasle. The deadline for applications 31 October 2023. The aim of the debate project is to take a step forward in educating young people about financial matters, while emphasising the importance of incorporating digital advances into the education process.
09/15/2023 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting, with commentary on the current situation The latest economic projections for the euro area are forecasting slightly slower economic growth, and slightly higher inflation. In this situation, with inflation likely to remain high for a longer period, the Governing Council of the ECB decided to further raise the key interest rates by 25 basis points. The current assessment is that the key interest rates have thereby reached levels that, maintained for a sufficiently long duration, will make a substantial contribution to the timely return of inflation to the target.
09/15/2023 Governor at informal meeting of the Financial Affairs Council and the Eurofi Financial Forum Governor Boštjan Vasle is attending the informal meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN), which is being held in Santiago de Compostela in the scope of the Spain presidency of the Council of the European Union. Ministers and central bank governors are mostly discussing the role and stance of fiscal and monetary policy in the current uncertain economic situation and policy priorities in the light of structural changes.
09/15/2023 Masters of the Digital Future – Banka Slovenije's Debate Project Banka Slovenije invites students in the last three grades of primary school, secondary-school students and their teachers to participate in the debate project Masters of the Digital Future, which will be carried out in the next school year under the patronage of the Slovenian President, Nataša Pirc Musar, and the Banka Slovenije Governor, Bošthan Vasle. The project will be launched at the end of August and the grand debate final will be held at Banka Slovenije in May next year. It will be carried out by the Za in proti, zavod za kulturo dialoga (For and Against, the Institution of Cultural Dialogue). The winners will receive attractive awards.
09/07/2023 First numismatic products of the year on sale from 19 September September Banka Slovenije is releasing its first numismatic products of 2023 for sale and circulation on 19 September. Collector coins marking the 110th anniversary of the birth of Slovenian writer Boris Pahor, and commemorative coins marking the Day of Slovenian Sport will go on sale. The online orders have been reserved, and will be available for pickup at selected collection points until 2 October. A commemorative coin marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Josip Plemelj and the 2023 euro coin sets are scheduled for release in December.
09/07/2023 Towards the Climate Transition: Green Finance and Investment Banka Slovenije and the European Investment Bank have together organised a half-day conference, “Towards the Climate Transition: Green Finance and Investment”. The conference focused on how to finance a sustainable transition to a carbon-neutral economy and what roles financial institutions and businesses can have in this process.
09/06/2023 Economic indicators paint a less favourable picture going into the third quarter After domestic economic growth strengthened in the second quarter, the available indicators for the third quarter suggest a slowdown in economic activity even while certain figures remain favourable. The aftermath of the severe weather is also having an impact on the economy. Meanwhile the labour market remains tight, and wage growth remains high. Inflation remains high, primarily on account of strengthened service price inflation, supported by elevated wage growth.
09/06/2023 Working visit by members of the National Assembly’s finance committee Governor Boštjan Vasle today hosted members of the National Assembly’s finance committee on a working visit to Banka Slovenije. They initially discussed the current situation in the financial system, partly in light of recent developments following the severe weather. The parliamentarians also visited the Banka Slovenije museum, and were briefed on the various financial literacy projects that Banka Slovenije is running.
09/05/2023 Banka Slovenije commentary on taxation of banks’ total assets Banka Slovenije has been examining the impact of the floods from the perspective of financial stability, and finds that the current data suggests that the impact is manageable.
08/30/2023 Masters of the Digital Future: a seminar for teachers and lecturers Banka Slovenije held a teaching seminar as part of the Masters of the Digital Future debating project, which in this school year will be run in collaboration with Za in proti, the institute for the culture of dialogue, under the patronage of President Nataša Pirc Musar and Governor Boštjan Vasle.
08/30/2023 Caution required in the handling of qualified electronic signatures Banka Slovenije and the Ministry of Digital Transformation have become aware of certain improper practices at one of the credit institutions that might induce holders of qualified electronic signatures into using them dangerously and unlawfully. We therefore advise all holders to exercise caution when using them.
08/28/2023 Call for proposals for events to be commemorated by issuing occasional coins Every year, Banka Slovenije commemorates events or anniversaries important to Slovenia by issuing occasional coins. Therefore, we are collecting proposals for commemorating events in the coming years, starting from 2025 inclusive. We expect your initiatives for 2025 by the end of September 2023.
08/16/2023 Economic activity strengthens in the second quarter; severe weather affects the outlook for the remainder of the year Following the high growth of the last two years, economic activity remained relatively robust in the first half of this year. The economic growth in the second quarter of this year was driven primarily by a large trade surplus, while household consumption began to slow even as the labour market remained tight. The data is in keeping with Banka Slovenije’s projections, which are forecasting moderate economic growth for this year. The severe weather and the measures to deal with its consequences will be a major factor in the economic outlook for the half-year ahead.
08/15/2023 Help choose the theme for the designs of the new series of euro banknotes The ECB has begun the preparations for issuing a new series of euro banknotes. The decision was made to give the new series a new look, as well as upgrading the security elements. And so as a first step we are inviting you to take part in a survey to express your opinion about the theme captured by the designs of the new banknotes.
08/10/2023 Banka Slovenije's post-hurricane actions At Banka Slovenije, we are aware of how widespread the effects of the weather storms at the end of last week have been, including for the customers of commercial banks and savings banks who have been affected. In this emergency, we have immediately intensified our dialogue with banks and savings banks.
08/01/2023 Kadrovske štipendije za študijsko leto 2023/24 V Banki Slovenije razpisujemo tri kadrovske štipendije za študente magistrskih študijskih programov 2. stopnje. Prijave sprejemamo do vključno 17. septembra 2023.
07/28/2023 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting, with commentary on the current situation Conditions in the euro area labour market remain robust in the wake of a slowdown in economic growth. With general price increases have been gradually easing, core inflation has remained at high levels. Financial markets are showing signs of past monetary policy decisions. All these factors led the Governing Council members to decide to raise key interest rates for the ninth consecutive monetary policy meeting, this time again by 25 basis points. The decision was also taken to remunerate banks’ minimum reserves at an interest rate of zero.
07/28/2023 Stress tests: the Slovenian banking system, like the European banking system, remains stable and has sufficient capital adequacy According to the results of the stress tests, euro area banks have sufficient capital adequacy even in the event of the realisation of adverse macroeconomic shocks. These stress tests are performed every other year under the auspices of the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Banking Authority (EBA) and included the two significant Slovenian banks. The stability and capital adequacy of the Slovenian banking system are also indicated by the stress tests carried out by Banka Slovenije for other Slovenian banks and savings banks, which followed a similar methodology.
07/21/2023 Invitation to order numismatic products for 2023 On Monday, 12 June 2023, Banka Slovenije will start accepting orders for the purchase of occasional coins to be issued this year. They will commemorate the 110th anniversary of the birth of Slovenian writer Boris Pahor, the 150th anniversary of the birth of Slovenian mathematician Josip Plemelj and the national holiday Slovenian Sports Day. You are invited to place your order by 30 July 2023.
07/19/2023 Economy slows as expected in recent months, but core inflation remains high Signs of a slowdown in economic activity were prevalent in the euro area at the end of the second quarter. Similarly, while the economic picture in Slovenia varies considerably from sector to sector, the indicators and nowcasts point to a slowdown in activity relative to the previous quarter. As in the euro area overall, inflation in Slovenia is gradually slowing, but core inflation remains high.
07/06/2023 Andrea Enria, Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) on a working visit in Banka Slovenije Andrea Enria, Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM), has met with representatives of the banking system supervision and regulation in Banka Slovenije and the Bank Association of Slovenia.
07/03/2023 Application for the best master’s and doctoral theses At Banka Slovenije we are well aware that knowledge plays a major part in people’s success. Ever since 1992 we have therefore awarded prizes for the best master’s and doctoral theses in the areas of economics, banking, insurance, finance and financial law to students from Slovenian universities.
06/28/2023 The European Central Bank's response to the European Commission legislative proposals on digital euro published today The proposed legislation on the digital euro, published today by the European Commission, will provide legal framework for the possible introduction of the digital euro as a complement to cash.
06/20/2023 Economic environment remains favourable for bank performance Amid moderate economic growth and further monetary policy measures to address high inflation, the economic environment remains favourable for bank performance and for their income generation. The banks have passed rising interest rates through into borrowing terms for the non-banking sector, while there has only been a small rise in the remuneration of deposits. This was reflected in high net interest income in the banking system over the first four months of this year. Given the continued increase in net interest income and the low creation of impairments and provisions, profit and ROE strengthened significantly and were up on their figures in the same period of 2022.
06/16/2023 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting, with commentary on the current situation The Governing Council opted for further action, in light of the high core inflation, the latest forecasts, and the strength of monetary policy transmission. It thus raised key interest rates for the eighth consecutive monetary policy meeting, this time again by 25 basis points. At the same time we confirmed the decision announced at the previous meeting that reinvestment of maturing principal under the APP will be discontinued as of July of this year.
06/16/2023 This year and coming years see more moderate economic growth, inflation gradually easing Following high economic activity in the past year, in the 2023–2025 period we anticipate more moderate economic growth at a rate of around 2 percent. Accompanied by further growth in employment, it will continue to be based on domestic spending, which will keep inflation at an elevated level, despite the reduction in external supply pressures. In the coming two years, however, inflation will in fact gradually decrease and approach the inflation target. With inflation the risks for the forecast playing out are mainly directed upwards, while in economic growth the risks are principally that it will be lower than the main forecast.
06/14/2023 Vabilo na novinarsko konferenco
06/10/2023 Holiday Day at Banka Slovenije This summer we are holding several Holiday Days for curious young minds to make their holidays even more fun, while also sparking their interest in financial topics. We are thus holding three Holiday Days this summer: one on 5 July 2023 for children in grades 1 to 3, and then again on 12 July 2023 and 17 August for children in grades 4 to 7.
06/09/2023 Banka Slovenije’s financial performance in 2022 According to its financial statements, Banka Slovenije disclosed a surplus of income over expenses in the amount of EUR 1.75 million last year, in the wake of a decline in provisions for general risks. In accordance with the Bank of Slovenia Act, 25% of its surplus (EUR 437,293.79) is earmarked for the state budget, while the remainder (EUR 1.3 million) is transferred to Banka Slovenije’s general reserves.
06/09/2023 Summer Night at the Museum and Mala galerija Banke Slovenije Summer Night at the Museum and Mala galerija Banke Slovenije – the twenty-first so far – will take place on 17 June. For the third year in a row, the Museum and Mala galerija Banke Slovenije are preparing a diverse programme for various age groups, and on that day the museum will be open from 6 pm to 11 pm, Mala galerija will extend opening hours until 11 pm. Entrance is free of charge.
06/07/2023 Adjustment of consumer lending measure Banka Slovenije has adjusted its macroprudential measure that imposes restrictions on consumer lending. The change rectifies the impact of the rise in the minimum wage in reducing the creditworthiness of certain borrowers, and resolves the issue of limited access to credit on the part of borrowers with below-average income. The aim in so doing is maintaining the balance between protecting consumers and banks, and ensuring access to credit. Banka Slovenije was able to make the changes after an adjustment to legislation in the National Assembly, and they will enter into force on 1 July.
06/06/2023 Vabilo na novinarsko konferenco
05/30/2023 Anniversary of the founding of the ECB: 25 years of collaboration, unity and independence On 1 June the European Central Bank celebrates the 25th anniversary of its founding, which was one of the major milestones in the process of European integration into a single market with a common currency. Slovenia became part of the euro area when it joined the euro in 2007, since which we have helped to shape euro area monetary policy for its 350 million inhabitants. In marking the anniversary Boštjan Vasle, Governor of Banka Slovenije, highlighted the importance of the central bank independence in shaping monetary policy, which is one of the great institutional achievements in the area of economic policy.
05/16/2023 Banka Slovenije strengthens dialogue with companies
05/16/2023 Economic activity remains favourable in the first quarter Following last year’s high growth, the economy slowed as expected in the early part of this year, but remained in decent shape. Economic growth continues to be mainly driven by domestic demand, which is being reflected in particular in services (other than retail) and construction. Net exports thus made a positive contribution to GDP growth, mainly in connection with the realisation of past orders and the resulting sharp run-down of inventories.
05/12/2023 Invitation to apply for donations tender in 2023 Banka Slovenije uses donations to support activities that make a significant contribution to the realisation of its objectives and mandate. Within this context, it particularly supports educational, scientific and research activities that help to spread expertise in subjects related to the work and objectives of Banka Slovenije.
05/09/2023 Guverner gost na 40. Finančni konferenci Guverner Boštjan Vasle se je udeležil 40. Finančne konference z naslovom Kaj je na obzorju? Normalizacija, eskalacija? v organizaciji Časnika Finance. Na dogodku so tuji in domači strokovnjaki razpravljali o aktualnih razmerah, izzivih in finančnih priložnostih.
05/08/2023 Financial Stability Review: financial system in Slovenia remains robust; individual risks remain elevated Given the fast pace of change, which recently has driven an increase in uncertainty, Banka Slovenije assesses the following risks as elevated: (i) interest rate risk, (ii) credit risk and (iii) risk inherent in the real estate market. Meanwhile the banking system’s resilience to any realisation of risks remains robust: it is assessed as medium in the segment of solvency and profitability, and high in the segment of liquidity.
05/05/2023 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting, with commentary on the current situation Governing Council of the ECB opted yesterday for further action, and raised key interest rates at the seventh consecutive monetary policy meeting, this time by 25 basis points. The decision was also taken provisionally to discontinue the reinvestments of maturing principal under the APP as of July of this year.
05/04/2023 Vabilo na novinarsko konferenco
04/26/2023 International Family Day and International Museum Day at Banka Slovenije Museum In May, we celebrate International Family Day (15 May) and International Museum Day (18 May). This year, we will pay tribute to these two days with a dedicated programme at Banka Slovenije Museum. There will be a guided tour for families, guided tours for adults and an extra time slot for the virtual game Atlantova skrivnost. All our programmes are free of charge for visitors.
04/25/2023 Encouraging economic growth in first quarter of this year The economic indicators for the first quarter of this year show encouraging economic growth in the euro area, and similar developments are being seen in Slovenia. Inflation remains high and broadly based, and core inflation is continuing to strengthen amid high domestic consumption. The labour market remains very tight, and the rise in the minimum wage has significantly strengthened growth in the wage bill, according to Review of macroeconomic developments released today.
04/22/2023 Art competition for kindergartens and primary schools As part of the financial education week or Global Money Week, Banka Slovenije invites you to take part in the Kamen na kamen palača art competition, which is open to kindergartens and primary schools. We are collecting entries until the end of April, with submissions until the end of the school year, and will announce the winners in the autumn.
04/21/2023 Holiday Day at Banka Slovenije On Wednesday, 26 April 2023, we are organising a Spring Holiday Day, the aim of which is to brighten up the school holidays and at the same time arouse children’s interest in financial topics. Children will take part in various financial workshops and visit the Banka Slovenije Museum, and end the day with some fun activities.
04/13/2023 Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WB) is taken place in Washington, D.C. until 16 April.
04/13/2023 Borrowers who repay credit obligations early are entitled to partial reimbursement of the total costs of the credit Any borrower who makes early repayment in part or in full of the obligations under a credit agreement is entitled to the reimbursement of part of the total cost of the credit calculated at approval. The creditor must present the reduction in interest and other costs to the borrower free of charge in an understandable way, and must reimburse the difference to the borrower. Should the creditor fail to do so, the borrower may request it within five years of repaying the credit.
04/07/2023 Zbiramo likovne rešitve za priložnostne kovance V Banki Slovenije bomo v skladu z odločitvijo Vlade RS v letu 2024 izdali dva priložnostna kovanca. Namenjena bosta obeležitvi (i) 250-letnice Narodne in univerzitetne knjižnice (spominski kovanec) in (ii) 150. obletnice rojstva Rudolfa Maistra (zbirateljski kovanci). V ta namen razpisujemo javni anonimni natečaj za oblikovanje likovnih rešitev omenjenih priložnostnih kovancev.
04/07/2023 Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group Next week, from 10 to 16 April, the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WB) will take place in Washington, D.C.
04/05/2023 Introducing the Euro in Times of High Inflation: Case of Croatia Banka Slovenije hosted Boris Vujčić, Governor of the Croatian National Bank, who talked about the process of preparing Croatia for adopting the single European currency.
03/27/2023 First climate-related disclosure of Banka Slovenije’s own financial assets Central banks are among the largest institutional investors, and it is important that we integrate socially responsible and sustainable factors into our investment frameworks. Thus, in line with other Eurosystem central banks, we at Banka Slovenije have significantly increased the share of our own investments in green, social and sustainable bonds over the last five years (from less than 1% to more than 7%). At the same time, we have set ambitious targets for the coming years to further increase such investments and reduce the carbon footprint of our investments in private sector issuers.
03/27/2023 Balance of payments – indicator of the state of the economy and a guide for policymakers In Banka Slovenije we organized panel discussion entitled Balance of payments – indicator of the state of the economy and a guide for policymakers.
03/23/2023 First climate-related disclosure of ECB investments As one of the largest institutional investors, it is important for central banks to integrate socially responsible and sustainable factors into the investment framework. That is why today we at the European Central Bank disclosed climate-related disclosure on the ECB's own financial assets and holdings under the Corporate Sector Purchase Programme in the conduct of monetary policy.
03/22/2023 Prime Minister and Minister of Finance meet with Banka Slovenije governor and vice governor Prime Minister Robert Golob and Minister of Finance Klemen Boštjančič held a regular meeting with Banka Slovenije governor Boštjan Vasle and vice governor Primož Dolenec. The discussions focused on the current situation in the banking sector.
03/21/2023 Successful launch of new T2 payment infrastructure The Eurosystem’s new payment infrastructure, the T2 payment system, went live on 20 March 2023. This has replaced TARGET2 as the new real-time gross settlement system for settling payments related to the Eurosystem’s monetary policy operations, and bank-to-bank and commercial transactions.
03/20/2023 Students from II. Gimnazija Maribor win the Generation €uro competition This year once again, Banka Slovenije organised the Generation €uro competition for upper secondary school students. Ten teams from six different schools took part and the winners of the twelfth edition of the competition - students from II. Gimnazija Maribor, who joined forces in the 1nfl4t0rčk1 team led by Lidija Kodrin - earned a prize and attended a ceremony at Banka Slovenije.
03/20/2023 Svetovni teden denarja smo pričeli z nacionalnim izobraževalnim dogodkom V sklopu svetovnega tedna izobraževanja o financah smo v Banki Slovenije v sodelovanju z Zavodom za šolstvo RS gostili Nacionalni posvet o finančnem opismenjevanju, namenjen pedagoškim in strokovnim delavcem v šolstvu. Na njem smo različne institucije, ki skrbimo za finančno opismenjevanje v Sloveniji, predstavile pomen finančne pismenosti in svoje delo na tem področju.
03/17/2023 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting, with commentary on the current situation The latest economic forecasts for the euro area are for growth of 1.0% this year, higher than previously projected, and slightly stronger rates in 2024 and 2025. Inflation will average slightly less over the year (5.3%), and a more significant slowdown is expected over the next two years.
03/14/2023 Share of counterfeit banknotes in Slovenia remains small The proportion of counterfeit money relative to all euro banknotes and coins in circulation in Slovenia remains small. Working in cooperation with the Slovenian Police, Banka Slovenije has established that the number of counterfeit banknotes and coins removed from circulation did in fact increase last year compared to 2021, but the total value of detected euro forgeries has declined. Here Banka Slovenije should reiterate that the likelihood of receiving counterfeit euro cash remains relatively low.
03/10/2023 Act on Judicial Relief Granted to Holders of Qualified Bank Credit – proposals of the group of independent legal experts This week the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia abrogated in its entirety the Act on Judicial Relief Granted to Holders of Qualified Bank Credit. The Constitutional Court’s decision confirmed the Banka Slovenije position, and in particular it contains pointers as to how to appropriately arrange judicial protection.  The ruling thus enables the government to continue its actions towards the comprehensive and legislatively aligned regulation of the issues covered by the abrogated law.
03/08/2023 Economic developments seen in final quarter of last year continue in early part of this year, with moderate growth Like much of the euro area, Slovenia saw the economic developments from the final quarter of last year, when moderate growth was recorded, continue in the early part of this year. This is also being reflected on the labour market, which is seeing record high employment and low unemployment. Inflation has slowed slightly in recent months, but remains high, as does core inflation.
03/08/2023 Vabilo na novinarsko konferenco
03/07/2023 Act on Judicial Relief Granted to Holders of Qualified Bank Credit: Constitutional Court decision The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia today announced its decision with regard to the Act on Judicial Relief Granted to Holders of Qualified Bank Credit, which has repealed the contested law in its entirety. Banka Slovenije finds that the decision supports our view that the law is contestable from the point of view of monetary financing and the financial independence of the central bank.
03/06/2023 Global week of financial education Each year at the end of March financial institutions mark Global Money Week, or the worldwide week of financial education, as we call it in Slovenia. This year the week will be marked from 20 to 26 March 2023 under the aegis of the OECD on the topic of Plan your money, plant your future. This year once again we have prepared a range of activities for children, young people and adults.
03/02/2023 Banka Slovenije received 58 reports of breaches via its reporting system last year
02/28/2023 Access to financing has deteriorated, yet despite this it remains one of the least limiting factors for corporate business operations Companies assessed the situation regarding access to financing in 2022 as being worse than in 2021. The worse assessments resulted from increased uncertainties involving external factors that impact business (current economic conditions, higher prices of energy), and the tightened conditions of financing from banks. Despite this, access to financing remains in 2022 one of the least limiting factors for corporate business operations.
02/23/2023 Financial statements of the ECB for 2022 The European Central Bank’s (ECB’s) audited financial statements for 2022 show that the ECB’s profit was zero (2021: €192 million) and thus there will be no profit distribution to the euro area national central banks (NCBs). This result takes into account a release of €1,627 million from the provision for financial risks to cover losses incurred during the year.
02/20/2023 Payment services in 2022: great differences remain in the range and pricing of banking services Working with banks and savings banks, Banka Slovenije has put together a basket of payment services to reflect the payment habits of the typical customer. In our regular analysis that we conduct each year, we found that the average cost of the basket of services was EUR 70.71 in 2022, a rise of EUR 1.31 on 2021. The range between the cheapest and the most expensive basket remains very wide.
02/17/2023 The Croatian kuna was replaced by the euro. How can it be exchanged in time? Croatia joined the euro area on 1 January 2023, introducing the euro as its official currency. Thereby the Croatian currency was withdrawn from circulation. Any kuna that remain in the wallets and purses of people in Slovenia can be exchanged at banks, savings banks and currency exchange offices that hold the relevant Banka Slovenije authorisation. Until 28 February 2023, it is possible to exchange the kuna banknotes to euros commission-free at the Banka Slovenije counters as well.
02/16/2023 Why is inflation so high and so different in different euro area countries? Banka Slovenije hosted a public lecture by Madis Müller, governor of the Bank of Estonia, entitled Why is inflation so high and so different in different euro area countries?
02/15/2023 Bilateral meeting of senior leaders of Banka Slovenije and Banco de Portugal Banka Slovenije liaises with other central banks in order to exchange views of the current and anticipated economic situation and the situation in the financial system. In this way we deepen our understanding, exchange examples of best practice, and strengthen cooperation.
02/14/2023 Economic growth remained high in 2022, in line with Banka Slovenije’s expectations After the strong post-pandemic recovery in 2021, when the economy expanded by fully 8.2%, economic growth remained high in 2022, at 5.4%. These developments were expected by Banka Slovenije, particularly in light of the strong support from monetary and fiscal policy. An outcome to the year of this kind also gives encouraging signals for this year, when economic growth will nevertheless slow.
02/09/2023 SREP results: euro area banks maintain a sound capital and liquidity position and improved profitability The European Central Bank (ECB) published the results of its Supervisory Review and Evaluation Process (SREP) for 2022. In this process, supervisors adopt an overall assessment of the challenges facing significant institutions, together with the corresponding capital requirements and other supervisory measures that banks are expected to comply with for the year ahead, in order to better face these challenges.
02/03/2023 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting The slowdown in economic activity in the euro area continued in the final quarter of last year, but was not as sharp as expected. Data indicate that the aforementioned slowdown will be less pronounced again this year. Inflation eased slightly in the final three months of the year but remains high, as does core inflation. Improved outlooks regarding economic activity and interest rate hikes by major central banks are reflected on the financial markets.
02/03/2023 Restrictions on household lending: legislative change as a solution to problem of diminishing creditworthiness The Ministry of Finance and Banka Slovenija have proposed a change in legislation as a solution to the diminishing creditworthiness of households. In the context of the most recent rise in the minimum wage in January, the two aforementioned institutions find that there has been a significant deterioration in the creditworthiness of borrowers with income below the average wage. Adjusting legislation would limit the impact of each correction to the minimum wage.
02/02/2023 ECB survey: Credit standards in the euro area are tightening
01/31/2023 Eurosystem begins stress tests for significant institutions This year the ECB is again conducting stress tests for the 99 significant banks under its direct supervision. These banks account for around 75% of the Eurosystem’s banking assets. The stress tests will use a bottom-up approach.
01/30/2023 Holiday Day at Banka Slovenije On Tuesday, 7 February 2023, we are organising a Winter Holiday Day, the aim of which is to brighten up the school holidays and at the same time arouse children’s interest in financial topics.
01/26/2023 Banka Slovenije response to call by Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities Since the introduction of the macroprudential measure in November 2019, Banka Slovenije has continually monitored the key parameters affecting its performance. The macroprudential measure is adjusted and augmented by other measures as necessary.
01/25/2023 Economy remained weaker in final quarter of last year Signs of economic weakness were prevalent in the euro area in the final quarter of last year, but the outlook this year is improving. The Slovenian economy similarly faced a difficult external environment, but domestic demand remained solid. On the labour market, employment remains at a record high. Inflation remains high, with service price inflation increasingly a factor in recent months.
01/24/2023 New statistical data for analysing the impact of climate change on the financial sector Climate change also poses a number of risks to the stability of the banking system. In order to analyse the impact of climate change on the financial sector more effectively, the Eurosystem has developed statistical indicators that it is publishing today. The more we know about the climate, the better we can identify and respond to the associated risks.
01/23/2023 Young Masters of Finance: a new youth TV series with educational content In collaboration with the children and youth programming board at TV Slovenija and an external production house, Banka Slovenije has helped to create Young Masters of Finance, a new youth TV series aimed at providing financial education for children and young people. The show takes the form of a tense drama serial, where a group of five teenagers learn basic financial concepts. The show has eight episodes, and premieres as part of TV Slovenija’s winter holiday programming (30 January to 3 February, and 6 to 10 February).
01/17/2023 Culture minister welcomes the central bank’s contribution to culture Governor Boštjan Vasle today hosted culture minister Asta Vrečko on a working visit. He showcased Banka Slovenije’s work in the field of culture, and in the preservation and enhancement of Slovenia’s cultural heritage. The minister learned in detail about the work of Mala Galerija, where in collaboration with the University of Ljubljana we give young, not-yet-established artists an opportunity to exhibit. The pair also visited the Banka Slovenije Museum, whose key aim is building financial literacy among children and young people.
01/11/2023 Prešeren Day at the Banka Slovenije Museum and Mala Galerija Banke Slovenije To mark Slovenia’s cultural holiday, Banka Slovenije is organising a special programme at the Banka Slovenije Museum. We are inviting our youngest guests to join us at 11 am for a drawing workshop run by a professional illustrator, while adults are invited on a guided tour of the museum, starting at 4 pm. Guests are also welcome to visit Mala Galerija Banke Slovenije.
01/06/2023 The ECB Young Economist Prize The ECB's research competition for young economists has been announced this year as well. It is intended for PhD students in the field of economics and finance and the topic is current as usual: Macroeconomic stabilisation in a volatile inflation environment.
12/28/2022 Croatia joined the euro on 1 January 2023 Croatia became the 20th member of the euro area on 1 January 2023, when it introduces the euro as its official currency. The decision to join the euro and set the exchange rate for the Croatian kuna was approved by the Council of the European Union on 12 July 2022. After a 14-day period of dual circulation, when payments in Croatia can be made in kuna and euros alike, the kuna, the present currency, will be withdrawn from circulation. Euro banknotes and coins will become the sole legal tender on 15 January 2023.
12/20/2022 ECB study: cash remains the most frequently used means of payment; electronic payments growing fast Cash remains the most frequently used means of payment in the euro area in 2022, but its share of total payments is declining. Conversely the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the trend towards electronic payments, according to the latest Study on the payment attitudes of consumers in the euro area. The majority of those taking part in the study cite the ease of using electronic payments as a reason for moving away from cash. Banka Slovenije finds that the share of everyday payments made in cash in Slovenia remains among the highest figures in the euro area.
12/20/2022 The situation in the banking system remains good; systemic risks are elevated in the weakening economy The strength of the economy has remained the decisive factor in the banking system’s performance this year. The increase in income has been driven by stronger lending to non-financial corporations and households and, gradually, by the rise in lending rates. Profit is up slightly on the same period last year in the wake of a significant increase in net income, and also on account of the low creation of impairments and provisions.
12/19/2022 ECB report on good practice in the area of climate stress tests Climate stress tests are a key tool for supervisors in assessing the impact on the banking system from climate risks. First conducted this year, the climate stress tests showed that over the last year banks have to a great extent made suitable changes to their organisational structures to be prepared to address climate-related and environmental risks. The second major finding is that the consideration of these risks in their actual business varies greatly from bank to bank. The aim of the report published today is to present banks with examples of good practice identified in this year’s climate stress tests, and to help them improve their capability in testing stress situations in connection with climate risks.
12/16/2022 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting The Governing Council yesterday opted for further action. We raised our key interest rates for the fourth meeting in a row, by 0.5 percentage points on this occasion. Monetary policy normalisation was also continued via other instruments., and the framework for reducing the portfolio of securities purchased in previous years was outlined.
12/16/2022 Lower growth in economic activity next year; high inflation to persist Following a strong post-pandemic recovery, economic growth will remain high this year at 5%. Economic growth is expected to slow to 0.8% next year, primarily due to significantly lower growth in private consumption and a drop in private investment. Growth will rebound and exceed 2% in 2024 and 2025 in the context of the expected stabilisation of conditions in international environment. The pace of economic growth is also reflected in labour market projections.
12/16/2022 Enhanced Code of Conduct for high-level ECB officials
12/14/2022 Vabilo na novinarsko konferenco
12/12/2022 Supervisory priorities for the next three-year period and assessment of risks and vulnerabilities The Eurosystem sets supervisory priorities for the medium term once a year, which can be adjusted as potential new risks emerge. The priorities are developed on the basis of the key risks and vulnerabilities, which supervised institutions in the current economic, regulatory and supervisory environment are faced with.
12/07/2022 Banka Slovenije raises countercyclical capital buffer amid increase in systemic risks Banka Slovenije finds systemic risks to be increasing in the Slovenian banking system, as a result of the growing uncertainty in the economic environment. Similarly to other countries in the EEA, it is therefore raising the countercyclical capital buffer for exposures to Slovenia from zero to 0.5% of the total risk exposure amount.
11/29/2022 How do the ECB and the national central banks in the euro area make profit or loss?
11/25/2022 Awards for three master’s and one doctoral dissertations This year once again Banka Slovenije has awarded prizes for the best dissertations by students in the field of finance. Out of nine dissertations applying, the selection committee chose three best master’s and one best doctoral dissertations. Prizes of EUR 1,500 for master’s dissertations were presented to Jernej Kadivnik, Gorazd Govekar and Evgen Brenčič, and prize of EUR 3,000 for doctoral dissertation was presented to Aida Ćehajić.
11/21/2022 Presentation of IMF findings at close of consultations in Slovenia Today saw the close of the Article IV consultations with the IMF mission in Slovenia. The purpose of the consultations on this occasion was to review the latest economic developments, the functioning of the financial sector and the banking system, and the challenges for the future. The findings were presented at today’s press conference.
11/18/2022 Ta veseli dan kulture (day of culture) at the Banka Slovenije Museum and Mala galerija As part of the informal holiday Ta veseli dan kulture, which we mark each year in Slovenia on 3 December, the birthday of poet France Prešeren, we offered a special programme for children and adults at the Banka Slovenije Museum and exhibition room Mala galerija.
11/17/2022 Vabilo na novinarsko konferenco ob zaključku misije MDS
11/15/2022 Economic activity slows in third quarter According to figures released today by the Statistical Office, economic growth slowed sharply in the third quarter of this year, driven by a slowdown in household consumption. The adverse quarterly developments have not yet been reflected on the labour market, which remains extremely buoyant. Banka Slovenije expects the economy to remain sluggish in the final quarter of this year, which would entail economic growth of around 5% at year end.
11/10/2022 Article IV consultations with the IMF mission begin Today sees Slovenia embark on its regular consultation with the IMF under Article IV of the IMF’s Articles of Agreement. IMF representatives will be in Slovenia from 10 to 21 November. Their preliminary findings will be presented at the conclusion
11/10/2022 Interlinkages between economic policies and financial stability In Banka Slovenije, we hosted a discussion entitled Interlinkages between economic policies and financial stability, where delegates participated in a debate concerning the meaning of cooperation and intervention of all economic policies, i.e., monetary and fiscal, in a changing economic environment. The speakers also addressed one of the key questions – how can monetary and fiscal policy affect financial stability, and how should financial vulnerabilities be taken into consideration in the decision-making process.
11/02/2022 Climate-related and environmental risks: report on the thematic review and examples of good practices Today we are releasing two important publications under the aegis of the ECB: the Results of the 2022 thematic review on climate-related and environmental risks and a compendium entitled Good practices for climate-related and environmental risk management.
10/28/2022 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting After favourable developments in the first half of the year, the economic outlook for the euro area for the remainder of the year is worsening markedly, while inflation remains at high levels. In these circumstances, the Governing Council yesterday opted for further monetary policy action. We raised our key interest rates for the third meeting in a row, again by 0.75 percentage points on this occasion.
10/21/2022 Meeting with the President of the National Assembly about the importance of financial literacy amongst young people At today’s working meeting, Governor of Banka Slovenije Boštjan Vasle hosted the President of the Slovenian National Assembly, Urška Klakočar Zupančič. Talks were held at the Banka Slovenije museum about the importance of financial literacy amongst children and young people, and about the importance of including financial topics at all levels of the education system.
10/20/2022 Start of the functioning of the new real-time gross settlement system postponed
10/20/2022 Interlinkages between economic policies and financial stability; link to the event The key to successfully dealing with soaring inflation and reducing the uncertainty that we face is for all economic policy strands, both monetary and fiscal, to act and work together. The following are all taking part on the panel: Isabel Schnabel, member of the Executive Board of the ECB; Klemen Boštjančič, finance minister, Slovenia; Peter Kažimír, governor of the National Bank of Slovakia; Boštjan Vasle, governor of Banka Slovenije and Nadia Calviño, minister for economic affairs and digital transformation, Spain. The discussion will be moderated by Prof Mojmir Mrak.
10/19/2022 Economy slows after good first half of year Slovenia saw high economic growth in the first half of this year, but the latest data for the third quarter is indicative of stagnation. Banka Slovenije finds that these developments point to GDP growth of around 6% this year, in line with our expectations from the latest projections. Inflation remains at persistently high levels, in Slovenia and in the broader international environment.
10/18/2022 Stress tests confirm the stability of the Slovenian banking system; risks remain elevated The macro stress tests conducted by Banka Slovenije have confirmed the stability of the Slovenian banking system, which has sufficient capital adequacy. Even amid the favourable results, the systemic risks to financial stability remain elevated, which is attributable to the impact of the Russian military aggression on the European economy and the resulting uncertainties.
10/07/2022 Governor's statement on the margins of the Annual Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group The governor Boštjan Vasle is attending the Annual Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group, which are taking place in Washington until 16 October 2022. In his short statement on the margins of the meetings he highlighted main topics of the meetings, he commented on the response to changed economic situation so far and stressed the importance of common effort to curb the inflation.
10/05/2022 Public competition for design of occasional coins Content available in Slovene only
10/04/2022 Financial system in Slovenia remains stable; elevated risks amid change in economic situation Banka Slovenije finds the financial system in Slovenia to have remained stable this year. In the wake of the anticipated downturn in the economy, and persistent high inflation, in which the key factor was the Russian military aggression and its accompanying effects and uncertainties, the systemic risks to financial stability are elevated.
10/03/2022 ESRB issues a warning about risks to EU financial stability The ESRB issues a warning about risks to EU financial stability. It calls for resilience in the financial system to be preserved or enhanced in order to support the economy if these risks materialise.
09/30/2022 Vabilo na novinarsko konferenco
09/30/2022 Banka Slovenije hosts a meeting of the Working Group on Climate Change Meeting under the Vienna Initiative Banka Slovenije is today hosting a meeting of the Working Group on Climate Change Meeting established within the framework of the Vienna Initiative, with the aim of expanding awareness of the risks and of the financial issues related to climate change.
09/30/2022 Kadrovske štipendije za študijsko leto 2022/23 V Banki Slovenije razpisujemo tri kadrovske štipendije za študente. K prijavi vabimo motivirane, uspešne, vsestranske, ambiciozne, radovedne in iznajdljive študente magistrskih študijskih programov 2. stopnje (ekonomija – bančno-finančna smer, finančna matematika in informacijska tehnologija).
09/29/2022 Banka Slovenije organized conference on green transition with European Investment Bank At a conference entitled Towards the Green Transition: Investment and Prices organised by Banka Slovenije together with the European Investment Bank, delegates debated a number of unresolved issues relating to the green transition, with a particular focus on the impact of the green transition on the pace of investment and on price developments. We are aware that it is of key importance that our economies become greener and more resilient. The green transition is therefore not only vital, but also unavoidable, and will have an impact on the formulation of economic policies.
09/13/2022 Act on Judicial Relief Granted to Holders of Qualified Bank Credit: Court of Justice of the EU judgment The Court of Justice of the EU today issued its judgment regarding the Act on Judicial Relief Granted to Holders of Qualified Bank Credit. Banka Slovenije finds that the judgment supports our opinion that the act is contestable from the view of monetary financing and the financial independence of the central bank. Here we add that a new legal solution is required that will comprehensively regulate this field and will comply with EU law and the constitution of the Republic of Slovenia.
09/09/2022 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s Governing Council monetary policy meeting The euro area recorded favourable economic growth in the first half of this year, expecting this growth to slow down significantly over the coming quarters. The forecast published today predicts 3.1% growth this year, with the growth forecast slowing to 0.9% next year due to Russia’s military aggression. Inflation is expected to reach 8.1% on average this year, then it is expected to decline gradually in the coming year.
09/09/2022 Governor at informal meeting of the ECOFIN and the Eurofi Financial Forum Governor Boštjan Vasle today attended the informal meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN), which is being held in Prague in the scope of the Czech presidency of the Council of the European Union.
09/05/2022 Favourable economic developments in first half of year; expectations for remainder of year less encouraging Economic growth in Slovenia remained high in the first half of this year, in line with Banka Slovenije’s expectations. Amid the continuing Russian military aggression and the resulting sanctions, growth is expected to be slightly lower in the second half of the year, but will nevertheless remain solid. Inflation remains at persistently high levels, in Slovenia and in the broader international environment. In these circumstances central banks including the ECB are opting for the decisive further normalisation of monetary policy. The Governing Council of the ECB will make a decision this week on further interest rate hikes.
09/05/2022 Invitation to the conference Towards the Green Transition: Investment and Prices Banka Slovenije and the European Investment Bank are organising conference, “Towards the Green Transition: Investment and Prices”. The conference will be held on Thursday, 29 September, between 10 am and 12 pm. The conference will address a number of outstanding issues regarding the green transition, focusing on its impacts on investment dynamics and prices The event will be opened by Mr. Boštjan Vasle, Governor of Banka Slovenije, and Mr. Ricardo Mourinho Félix, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank.
08/16/2022 Commentary on economic growth data in the second quarter Economic growth remains high in line with Banka Slovenije expectations; outlook is less encouraging amid continuing Russian aggression.
07/26/2022 Equality, diversity and inclusion charter In the European System of Central Banks we encourage a work environment based on respect and dignity for each individual. We have therefore drawn up the ESCB & SSM Equality, diversity and inclusion charter, which provides guidance in how to harness the diversity of our teams and strengthen the inclusiveness of our working culture. Banka Slovenije is also joining in the initiative, in our desire to contribute to a tolerant, open society.
07/22/2022 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting The Governing Council of the ECB decided to take the next step in the normalisation of monetary policy, and to raise key interest rates by 50 basis points. The interest rate hikes and their impact on the financing conditions will prevent current inflation expectations from extending over the medium term. To maintain the uniform and homogenous transmission of the monetary policy stance across the entire euro area, a new instrument (the TPI) has also been established.
07/20/2022 Call for proposals for events to be commemorated by issuing occasional coins Every year, Banka Slovenije commemorates events or anniversaries important to Slovenia by issuing occasional coins. Therefore, we are collecting proposals for commemorating events in the coming years, starting from 2024 inclusive. We expect your initiatives for 2024 by the end of October 2022.
07/15/2022 Payment orders from Public Payments Administration settled yesterday Yesterday morning Banka Slovenije became aware of problems in the processing of payment orders sent by the Public Payments Administration, and immediately took action to resolve the issue. Practically all payment orders had been executed by the end of the day.
07/12/2022 Initial indications of favourable economic growth in the first half of the year, accompanied by high inflation In the euro area, including Slovenia, the first half of the year was dominated by the consequences of Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine. This had a limited impact on economic activity, where favourable growth is still being seen. But it has been reflected sharply in rising inflation, which amid the worsening situation on the commodities markets is mainly being driven upwards by extremely high growth in energy prices and food prices.
07/08/2022 Governor presents Banka Slovenije’s Annual Report 2021 to the National Assembly’s finance committee Boštjan Vasle, Governor of Banka Slovenije, has presented its 2021 annual report and its 2022 financial plan at a meeting of the National Assembly’s financial committee.
07/08/2022 Inclusion of climate risks in stress tests at banks and savings banks Banka Slovenije and the ECB are continuing their efforts to include climate risks in the performance of their key tasks. So it was that the ECB conducted climate risk stress tests for the largest European banks this year, and an exercise for the other banks. The exercise was also conducted at Banka Slovenije for the smaller banks and savings banks along the lines of the ECB model. These are the first stress tests and exercises of their kind, and are primarily aimed at raising awareness and understanding and identifying weaknesses.
07/08/2022 Summer Financial Challenge for primary school students Banka Slovenije is strengthening its financial literacy project, which is now continuing over the summer. We are inviting primary school students to our educational holidays, and are also offering the opportunity to take part in the Summer Financial Challenge.
07/04/2022 Further ECB steps to incorporate climate change into monetary policy implementation In the framework of the European Central Bank, we have taken further measures to incorporate climate change into monetary policy implementation. In compliance with our action plan, the measures predict that climate change will be taken into consideration at corporate bonds purchase, collateral framework and demands of risk disclosure and management.
07/04/2022 Governor attends presentation of OECD report for Slovenia Governor Boštjan Vasle attended the presentation of the findings of the Economic Survey of Slovenia 2022, organised by the finance ministry at Brdo pri Kranju. The findings by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development were presented by its director of country studies, Alvaro Santos Pereira, and economist Jens Christian Høj.
07/04/2022 Application for the best master’s and doctoral theses At Banka Slovenije we are well aware that knowledge plays a major part in people’s success. Ever since 1992 we have therefore awarded prizes for the best master’s and doctoral theses in the areas of economics, banking, insurance, finance and financial law. Once again this year we are calling on anyone who defended their thesis between 1 July 2021 and 1 July 2022 to submit their work. The submission deadline is 12 August 2022.
06/30/2022 Governor submits Annual Report 2021 to the National Assembly Boštjan Vasle, Governor of Banka Slovenije, has submitted its 2021 annual report to Urška Klakočar Zupančič, president of the National Assembly. Over the days ahead he will make a comprehensive presentation of the annual report to the National Assembly’s finance committee and the National Council’s economics, small business, tourism and finance committee.
06/21/2022 Invitation to apply for donations tender in 2022 Content available in Slovene only.
06/17/2022 The situation in the banking system remains good The current favourable economic conditions have had a positive effect on the operation of the banking system. The gradual normalisation of economic conditions and increased private spending have contributed significantly to slowing down the growth in deposits from households and non-financial corporations, and to boosting lending to the non-banking sector. In the area of lending to households, growth was notably spurred by strengthened growth in housing loans. In the publication Monthly Information on the Operation of Banks we have also determined that in the first four months of 2022 banks have operated at a lower profit than in the same period the year before, mainly due to reduced income and the formation of net impairments.
06/17/2022 Resignation of vice governor Irena Vodopivec Jean Vice governor Irena Vodopivec Jean has informed the Governing Board of Banka Slovenije that she has submitted a request to the National Assembly to be removed early from her position as a member of the Governing Board due to personal reasons.
06/15/2022 Somewhat favourable economic developments will continue this year, although they will be influenced by the consequences of Russian military aggression The forecast of economic growth issued by Banka Slovenije today is marked by the consequences of Russian military aggression in Ukraine. We expect it to cause a slowdown in current activity this year, although the total annual growth will still be a high 5.8%, in particular because of the explicit statistical effect of the transfer of growth from the previous year. In the next two years annual growth will settle at 2.4% or 2.5%. The labour market, which is becoming increasingly marked by employers’ difficulties in finding workers, will also be under the influence of a rather favourable economic situation.
06/14/2022 Vabilo na novinarsko konferenco
06/10/2022 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting The members of the ECB Governing Council deliberated yesterday over the new economic trend forecasts for the euro area, which are marked principally by the consequences of the Russian military aggression. That aggression lowered expectations regarding economic growth this year and for the coming two years, which will remain relatively favourable but will involve higher inflation forecasts.
06/03/2022 Common commemorative coin of euro area countries marking the 35th anniversary of the Erasmus programme on sale in July On 1 July 2022 Banka Slovenije will release for sale and circulation the Slovenian issuing of the common commemorative coin of all countries of the euro area issued to mark the 35th anniversary of the Erasmus student exchange programme. This will be the third theme of the special coins issued this year. This time the commemorative coins will be freely available for purchase at the usual points of sale.
06/01/2022 Banka Slovenije concluded its 30th anniversary celebrations with the Music of Slovenian Composers At Banka Slovenije we see our mission as being not just about helping create a stable economic environment, but also, within a broader social context, about promoting the preservation and development of cultural heritage. For this reason we are prioritising young people, in terms of their education as well as their opportunities for expression in today’s world. Banka Slovenije thus concluded its 30th anniversary celebrations with the Music of Slovenian Composers concert held on 1 July at the Slovenian Philharmonic. At this concert the violinist Tanja Sonc performed various pieces by Slovenian composers together with a team of young Slovenian musicians.
05/31/2022 The economic impact of Russia’s military aggression is limited for now, and is being reflected in high growth in energy and commodity prices Economic growth in the euro area remained sluggish in the first quarter of this year. This is also being reflected on the financial markets, where the main developments are the gradual normalisation of monetary policy and the anticipated next steps by central banks. The Slovenian economy is strongly outperforming the euro area overall. Growth continued to be driven by heavy investment alongside household consumption, although the level of domestic demand did drive growth in imports.
05/27/2022 Do you have an idea what should the next occasional coin look like? Apply to the competition! In accordance with the decision of the government of the Republic of Slovenia, Banka Slovenije will issue two more occasional coins with the intention to commemorate (i) the day of Slovenian Sport and (ii) the 90th anniversary of birth of dr. Jože Pučnik. To this end, we are releasing a tender for public anonymous competition for design of the mentioned occasional coins.
05/27/2022 Bilateral meeting of Banka Slovenije board and the Slovak central bank board In Banka Slovenije we connect with other central banks. The key intention is the opinion exchange about the current and expected economic conditions and the conditions of the financial system, with which we deepen the understanding and strengthen the cooperation. Therefore, today the members of Banka Slovenije board and the Slovak central bank board had a meeting.
05/25/2022 An organisation’s green budget In the context of environmental catastrophes in recent years, the seeking of ways and instruments that could help economies function with less environmental burdens and support more sustainable operations is being pushed to the forefront. One of the tools discussed more and more frequently by the general public and in professional circles is a ‘green budget’. A green budget enables decision-makers to make a simpler assessment of the environmental consequences of their budgetary policies.
05/19/2022 Banka Slovenije strengthens its dialogue with businesses
05/16/2022 Economic activity remains highly favourable in the first quarter Economic developments in Slovenia remained favourable in the first quarter of this year. Alongside household consumption, domestic activity continued to be driven by heavy investment, where construction accounted for a significant share. Domestic demand also drove growth in imports, which remained even stronger than otherwise robust export growth. The impact of Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine and the resulting sanctions is for now primarily being reflected in high growth in energy and commodity prices.
05/11/2022 International conference concludes Banka Slovenije's 30th anniversary celebrations Today as part of the events marking the 30th anniversary of Banka Slovenije, Ljubljana hosted an international conference entitled 30th Anniversary of Banka Slovenije: The road already travelled and contemporary challenges. At the same time we marked the 15th anniversary of Slovenia’s adoption of the euro. Opening the conference were addresses given by Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank, and Boštjan Vasle, Governor of Banka Slovenije.
05/10/2022 ECB President Christine Lagarde visits Banka Slovenije on its 30th anniversary Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank (ECB), is currently on a working visit to Ljubljana as part of the events to mark the 30th anniversary of Banka Slovenije.
05/10/2022 Working visit by Andrea Enria, Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) Andrea Enria, Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM), arrived today in Ljubljana for a regular annual meeting with the representatives of banking supervision at Banka Slovenije.
05/09/2022 Summer Night at the Museum of Banka Slovenije The special 20th anniversary Summer Night at the Museum will be celebrated on 18 June this year. For the second year running, to mark this occasion we will be putting on a diverse programme for various age groups at the Banka Slovenije Museum. That day the museum will be open from 6 pm to 10 pm.
05/04/2022 Financial Stability Review With the Slovenian economy in good shape, the financial system remains stable, but the Russian military aggression and all its knock-on effects and related uncertainties are increasing the systemic risks to financial stability over the coming quarters. Given the risks inherent in the real estate market, we are introducing measures to curb the transmission of risks from the real estate market to the banking system on one side, and to strengthen bank resilience to any realisation of the risks on the other. At the same time we are partly relaxing the existing restrictions on household lending.
04/22/2022 Governor’s statement from the spring meeting of the IMF and the World Bank On this occasion the regular spring meeting is being overshadowed by the Russian military aggression and its impact on the economy. The impact of the conflict is reaching global proportions. First it was reflected in a rise in energy prices and food prices. It is now increasingly being reflected in economic developments, where it is EU Member States that are most exposed. As a result of the shock to the economy from the conflict, economic growth will be lower than previously forecast, but still solid, while the current assessment is that the impact on inflation will be even larger.
04/19/2022 Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WB) is taken place in Washington, D.C. until 24 April.
04/15/2022 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting After some favourable shifts as we moved into this year, the Russian military aggression and the consequent sanctions imposed have worsened the economic outlook in the euro area and in Slovenia, most notably sharply increasing the risk of a long period of elevated inflation. In the financial markets, following a brief period of volatility the situation has once again stabilised. In these circumstances the Governing Council has decided to continue the normalisation of the monetary policy adopted in previous meetings.
04/07/2022 Banka Slovenije’s Mala galerija: Working meeting of the Governor and leadership of the University marks gallery’s third anniversary Three years ago a collaboration between Banka Slovenije and the University of Ljubljana saw the revival of the renovated Mala galerija Banke Slovenije. The main purpose of the gallery is to offer a space for young artists just starting out on their path to becoming established in the world of art. With more than 20 exhibitions to date, Mala galerija has successfully fulfilled its mission.
04/05/2022 Sound position going into first quarter, but Russian military aggression poses risk to economic activity, inflation risk in particular The economy remained sound in the first quarter of this year in Slovenia and in the euro area overall, albeit not reaching the heights of growth seen last year. The Russian military aggression that began in February and the sanctions imposed in response have worsened the economic outlook, most notably sharply increasing the risk of a long period of elevated inflation. It has also been reflected on the financial markets, where volatility has increased sharply and liquidity has declined. Banka Slovenije should reiterate that the labour market in Slovenia remains extremely buoyant.
03/31/2022 Students from Ekonomska gimnazija in srednja šola Radovljica win the Generation €uro competition The winners of this year’s Generation €uro competition are the Pet Cekinov team from Ekonomska gimnazija in srednja šola Radovljica. They received their prize at a ceremony at Banka Slovenije with Governor Boštjan Vasle, and were also invited to the closing ceremony with the president of the ECB, Christine Lagarde.
03/31/2022 OFS objavil pobudo vladi za spremembe na področju dodatnega pokojninskega zavarovanja
03/30/2022 Banka Slovenije received 48 reports of breaches via its reporting system last year
03/23/2022 Global Money Week: art competition for kindergartens and primary schools, video competition for high schools and university students As part of Global Money Week Banka Slovenije invites you to participate in two competitions. The art competition is aimed at kindergartens and primary schools, and the video competition at high schools and university students. Anyone interested can apply until the end of April and send us their creative products and videos until the end of the school year or the end of the summer. Winners will be announced in the autumn.
03/14/2022 Payment services in 2021: major differences in the range of services and price of packages Working with banks and savings banks, Banka Slovenije has put together a basket of services to reflect the payment habits of the typical customer. Our special analysis shows that the basket of services cost an average of EUR 69.40 last year, slightly less than in the previous year. The range between the cheapest and most expensive banks remains very wide.
03/11/2022 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting Last year, economic growth in the euro area reached a high of 5.3% and this favourable trend with regard to economic activity (3.7%) is expected to continue this year despite significant impact from Russian military aggression. With continued economic recovery and strong price pressures from the international environment, inflation is becoming increasingly broad-based and remains high. In addition, future price developments will be strongly affected by the effects of Russian military aggression.
03/09/2022 Trend of decline in the number of counterfeit euro banknotes and coins continues The number of counterfeit euro banknotes and coins in circulation in Slovenia remains vanishingly small. In conjunction with the police, Banka Slovenije can report that the trend of decline in the number of counterfeit banknotes and coins withdrawn from circulation has continued: the number was down 12% over the last year alone. By contrast, the total value of counterfeit euro cash detected during the year was up more than a fifth on the previous year, as a result of increased counterfeiting of higher-denomination banknotes.
03/09/2022 Financial Education Week in Slovenia (Global Money Week) Every year at the end of March, financial institutions celebrate Global Money Week, or global financial education week, as we call it in Slovenia. This year, it will take place from 21 to 27 March 2022. At Banka Slovneije, we have joined this important educational week for the second year in a row. This time too, we have prepared an extensive programme of activities for both adults and children, as we strive to strengthen financial education for all age groups.
03/08/2022 Banka Slovenije lodges petition to review new law governing Swiss franc loans Banka Slovenije has today lodged a petition to review the constitutionality of the Act on the Mitigation and Allocation of Currency Risk Between Lenders and Borrowers in Swiss Francs.
03/07/2022 Payment and settlement systems in 2021: instant payments becoming more and more established Banka Slovenije can report that, despite the risks related to the coronavirus pandemic, we were able to ensure that payment systems again functioned effectively, securely and smoothly last year. The trends from the previous years continued: 229.10 million transactions in the total amount of EUR 562.74 billion were settled via payment systems. One notable development was instant payments, whose use increased strongly last year, and which are increasingly establishing themselves as the new standard for payments.
03/01/2022 Solution found for customers of the former Sberbank banka in Slovenia: unlimited access to all funds on account and banking services as of 2 March 2022 On 1 March 2022 a solution has been put in place for customers of the former Slovenian subsidiary Sberbank banka, which will allow all customers to transact as normal and have their funds at their full disposal as of 2 March 2022. The bank has been taken over by Nova Ljubljanska banka, which decided to purchase the Slovenian subsidiary Sberbank banka. Banka Slovenije should reiterate that the aforementioned solution maintains financial stability in Slovenia, without burdening other banks or taxpayers.
02/28/2022 Restrictions on Slovenia’s Sberbank banka on Monday and Tuesday The sanctions against Russia because of its military aggression against Ukraine are already taking effect in the banking system, and banks under Russian ownership in Europe are now facing a loss of confidence. Consequently the European Central Bank and the Single Resolution Board today took the decision to suspend the operations of the Sberbank Europe AG banking group, which also has a subsidiary bank in Slovenia. A transition period or short-term moratorium has also been put in place, during which we will try to find a quick constructive solution for the Slovenian subsidiary bank, thereby ensuring that its customers suffer no disruption.
02/28/2022 Strong uptick in economic growth accompanied by sharp rise in inflation; uncertainty caused by Russian military aggression Economic growth in Slovenia increased markedly in the final quarter of last year and was well above the euro area average, while the mood remained strong at the beginning of this year. Future developments will be affected by events related to the Russian military aggression: the Slovenian economy’s direct dependence on the Russian and Ukrainian markets is relatively low, although the impact on economic growth and inflation could be considerable. Inflation has been rising for eight months now, and is increasingly broad-based.
02/25/2022 Governor at informal meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council Governor Boštjan Vasle today attended the informal meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) in Paris.
02/23/2022 First of this year’s special coins on sale on 2 March; pick up enabled for coins reserved online Starting on 2 March Banka Slovenije will issue for sale and circulation the first of this year’s commemorative and collector coins. Offered for sale will be commemorative coins marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of architect Jože Plečnik and collector coins marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of painter Matija Jama, plus collections of coins bearing the year 2022. Quantities ordered online, a new feature we introduced this year, have been reserved and will be available for picking up at selected pick up locations up until 15 March.
02/15/2022 European System of Central Banks renews Statements of Commitment to FX Global Code FX Global Code promotes robust, fair, liquid, open and appropriately transparent foreign exchange market.
02/07/2022 A CD with music by Slovenian composers released under the sponsorship of Banka Slovenije At Banka Slovenije we see our mission as being not just about helping create a stable economic environment, but also, within a broader social context, about promoting the preservation and development of cultural heritage. For this reason we are increasingly prioritising young people, in terms of their education and scope for expression in today’s environment. As part of our Music of Slovenian Composers project, marking the 30th anniversary of Banka Slovenije, we hosted the talented young musician Tanja Sonc, who performed various pieces by Slovenian composers together with a team of young musicians. The CD's aim is to promote Slovenian music and culture abroad, while providing a premium music experience.
02/04/2022 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting Economic activity in the euro area had regained its pre-crisis level by the end of last year. After a slowdown in growth heading into the new year, caused by a sharp rise in case numbers, developments over the remainder of the year are expected to be favourable. The financial markets are primarily reflecting the expectations of a faster shift away from an accommodative stance by central banks, and interest rates have risen slightly in consequence. In a situation of surplus demand and strong price pressures in the international environment, inflation in the euro area has reached its highest level for many years.
02/03/2022 Banka Slovenije’s comments on the law regulating the issue of Swiss franc loans adopted yesterday The National Assembly adopted the Law on the mitigation and allocation of currency risk between lenders and borrowers in Swiss francs. Banka Slovenije made its opinion public prior to the adoption of the law. In the coming weeks, we will be monitoring the law’s implementation and will take further decisions on this basis.
02/01/2022 Banka Slovenije hosts the prime minister as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations A meeting was held between Boštjan Vasle, Governor of Banka Slovenije, and the prime minister, Janez Janša, as part of the celebrations marking the 30th anniversary of Banka Slovenije, at which the prime minister was given a gold medallion minted to mark the occasion. Banka Slovenije was established on 25 June 1991 by the adoption of the Bank of Slovenia Act, and its first duty was to oversee the introduction of a new currency for the independent nation: the tolar.
01/31/2022 Firms still assessing their access to financing positively Firms are reporting improved access to most financing, which means that the finance gap (the gap between financial needs and access to financing) was narrower in 2021 than in 2020, according to Banka Slovenije surveys. Access to financing nevertheless remains one of the least significant limiting factors for firms. A shortage of qualified labour and experienced managers was again highlighted as the most significant limiting factor last year.
01/31/2022 Bank recovery and resolution: clarification of procedure for delivering documentation to Banka Slovenije Following the CJEU judgment from the end of 2020, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) returned seized documentation and electronic media to Banka Slovenije in the early part of last year. A review of the material took several months, with the main delays coming in the process of returning and reviewing material that had been seized on electronic media. The reviews were conducted in the presence of both parties, namely Banka Slovenije and the NBI.
01/28/2022 Banka Slovenije virtual open day To mark its 30th anniversary Banka Slovenije opened its doors and invited the public to a virtual open day. The event featured an interview of Governor Boštjan Vasle by journalist Jure Ugovšek. The key tasks of the central bank were also presented by other members of the Governing Board, and guests got to tour the museum and other parts of the premises. The governor also answered the questions from the audience.
01/27/2022 First special coins of 2022 on sale 2 March; now with the option of online purchase Starting on 2 March Banka Slovenije will issue for sale and circulation the first of this year’s commemorative and collector coins. Offered for sale will be commemorative coins marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of architect Jože Plečnik and collector coins marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of painter Matija Jama. The planned issuing of a joint commemorative coin of all Member States of the Eurosystem, with the theme of the 35th anniversary of the Erasmus student exchange programme, is expected in July. This year Banka Slovenije is also introducing a major new feature – the option of online ordering of all numismatic products for all individuals and companies.
01/27/2022 Banka Slovenije opinion of the draft law regulating the issue of Swiss franc loans On 19 January 2022 the National Assembly’s finance committee discussed the draft law on the mitigation and allocation of currency risk between lenders and borrowers in Swiss francs. It regulates relations between lenders, borrowers and guarantor who between 28 June 2004 and 31 December 2010 entered into loan agreements denominated in Swiss francs or with a Swiss franc clause.
01/25/2022 Economic situation in Slovenia remains good; relatively little impact from deterioration in epidemiological situation he indicators for the euro area and also for Slovenia in the final quarter of last year suggest that the impact of on economic activity from the epidemiological situation was relatively small. Economic growth has slowed slightly since Slovenia regained its pre-crisis level of activity, but it remains good. The situation is also being reflected on the financial markets, where there is a faster move away from an accommodative stance by central banks. The domestic labour market remains very buoyant, with firms increasingly opting to hire foreign nationals as the domestic pool dries up.
01/13/2022 The ECB Young Economist Prize The ECB Young Economists Research Competition is open again this year. It is aimed at PhD students in economics and finance and the theme is, as usual, very topical: Challenges for the post-pandemic economy. The ten finalists will present their work at the ECB's annual forum in Portugal, with a first prize of EUR 10,000. You can apply until 13 February 2022.
01/01/2022 15 years of the euro in Slovenia The European Union is marking a special anniversary at the beginning of this year. It was 20 years ago that the first euro banknotes and coins came into circulation as the single currency of 12 Member States. Slovenia joined the euro five years later, on 1 January 2007. A 14-day transition period followed, when payments could be made in tolars or euros, and then on 15 January 2007 euro banknotes and coins became the sole legal tender in Slovenia. The euro can now be used in 19 EU Member States with a total population of more than 340 million, making it the second most widespread currency in the world.
12/22/2021 Favourable economic situation being reflected in the banking system The economic situation remains highly favourable at the end of the year, and this is also being reflected in the Slovenian banking system. Banks have expanded their lending activity: year-on-year growth in housing loans increased in particular, while growth in corporate loans also picked up under the influence of mostly one-off factors. Pre-tax profit remains relatively high in the banking system (at EUR 402 million over the first ten months of the year), the banks having continued to release impairments and provisions.
12/17/2021 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting The euro area has seen high economic growth this year, and will recover its pre-crisis level of economic activity in the first quarter of next year. After a slight slowdown, the economy will remain in good shape next year. Inflation will remain elevated this year and next year, but is expected to close on its target level of 2% by the end of the projection horizon. The risks surrounding the economic outlook are large but evenly distributed, and will depend primarily on developments in energy prices and conditions in supply chains.
12/17/2021 Economic growth to remain high next year, while inflation will gradually ease Banka Slovenije has today released its new economic projections. The key finding is that the high economic growth seen this year (6.7%) will continue next year (4.0%). Economic activity will remain broadly based, driven by domestic demand and corporate exports. Consumer price inflation will remain elevated toward the end of this year and in the early part of next year, but is then expected to gradually ease over the course of the year (it is forecast to average 3.8% over 2022).
12/15/2021 Vabilo na novinarsko konferenco
11/30/2021 Economic situation remains good for now, despite new coronavirus variants and disruptions to supply chains Despite the major barriers in international trade, and the spread of new coronavirus variants, the economic situation in Slovenia and in the euro area overall remains good. The domestic economy surpassed its pre-crisis level of activity in the third quarter, driven in particular by continued growth in private consumption. Activity in Slovenia, similarly to the euro area overall, is being curtailed by shortages of intermediate goods, while shortages of skilled labour are also increasingly prominent.
11/26/2021 Awards for five master’s and two doctoral dissertations This year once again Banka Slovenije has awarded prizes for the best dissertations by students in the field of finance. Out of 19 dissertations applying, the selection committee chose the five best master’s and two best doctoral dissertations.
11/26/2021 Banka Slovenije strengthens its dialogue with businesses Banka Slovenije hopes to strengthen its dialogue with businesses, where our key aim is exchanging views of the current economic situation and the expected developments in the economy, thus deepening our understanding of the current situation. With this in mind, today we played host to representatives of major Slovenian firms in pharmaceuticals, the car industry, the energy sector and retail.
11/22/2021 Namesto LIBOR-ja s 1. januarjem SARON Evropska komisija je v Uradnem listu EU 14. oktobra 2021 objavila Izvedbeno uredbo Komisije (EU) 2021/1847 o določitvi zakonsko določene nadomestitve za nekatere ročnosti CHF LIBOR. Na tej podlagi bo s 1. januarjem 2022 referenčno obrestno mero LIBOR za švicarski frank, ki je podlaga tudi za nekatera hipotekarna posojila, nadomestila referenčna obrestna mera SARON.
11/12/2021 Razglasitev zmagovalcev likovnega in video natečaja Banke Slovenije V sklopu svetovnega tedna denarja in praznovanj ob 30. obletnici Banke Slovenije smo marca objavili dva natečaja za mlade. Vrtce in osnovne šole smo povabili k sodelovanju na likovnem natečaju z naslovom Maskota Banke Slovenije, srednješolce in študente pa k sodelovanju na video natečaju z naslovom Denar prihodnosti.
11/03/2021 Commitment of Banka Slovenije to participate in the global response to climate change The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) is being held in Glasgow between 31 October and 12 November in Glasgow with the key objective to draft rules for international carbon markets and to thus complete the Rulebook for the implementation of the Paris Agreement, financing, adapting to climate change, losses and damage, and to strengthen ambitions to achieve the target of limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. To mark the conference central banks are also committing, within the frameworks of our mandates, to participate in the global response in the fight against climate change, which is necessary to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.
10/29/2021 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting The strong economic recovery is continuing in the euro area, including Slovenia, but is losing a little momentum as constraints on the supply side disrupt performance in manufacturing and certain services. The financing conditions remain favourable for the government sector and for private-sector issuers alike.
10/26/2021 Economic activity remains high; disruptions to supply chains putting brake on The economic recovery is continuing in the euro area, including Slovenia, but is losing a little momentum as disruptions to supply chains hold back manufacturing and certain services. Inflation is rising, but the prevailing assessment remains that the current spike is temporary, given the number of one-off factors at work. The financing conditions in the euro area remain highly favourable for the government sector and the private sector alike. In its Economic and Financial Developments publication, Banka Slovenije finds that the labour market remains in good shape.
10/22/2021 Termination of the macroprudential liquidity recommendation (GLTDF) Banka Slovenije has decided to terminate the macroprudential liquidity recommendation for monitoring the banking system funding structure (the Gross Loan to Deposit Flow or GLTDF). This measure was introduced in 2014 to slow the decline in the banking system loan-to-deposit ratio and thus stabilise the banking system funding structure
10/19/2021 Commemorative coins on sale from 25 October Banka Slovenije is issuing two series of commemorative coins, which will go on sale on 25 October: collector coins marking the 30th anniversary of Slovenia’s statehood, and commemorative coins marking the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Provincial Museum for Carniola, the first museum in Slovenia. We have also prepared sets of 2021 euro coins.
10/18/2021 Banka Slovenije hosted a panel entitled Inflation in light of the epidemic: what can we expect? Banka Slovenije addressed this relevant topic during a brief panel discussion, at which participants exchanged views regarding the current situation and future challenges in this area.
10/08/2021 Gala celebration marks 30th anniversary of Banka Slovenije On the eve of the anniversary of the birth of the tolar, 7 October 2021, the main event marking the 30th anniversary of Banka Slovenije was held: a gala celebration at Cankarjev dom.
10/08/2021 Annual Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group Next week, from 11 to 17 October, the Annual Meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WB) is taking place, in a hybrid format (physical and virtual meetings).
10/05/2021 Invitation to expert panel Inflation in light of the epidemic: what can we expect? The discussion will be held on Monday, 18 October, between 10 am and 12 pm, at the Banka Slovenije buil­ding (a stream will also be available online via YouTube).
10/04/2021 Financial Stability Review: Systemic risks to financial stability have declined in recent quarters, but nevertheless remain elevated Amid the economic recovery in recent quarters, there is still uncertainty surrounding the ongoing evolution of the epidemic. In this situation the monetary policy stance remains highly accommodative, although we are withdrawing certain other measures that were put in place to support households and businesses during the initial waves of the epidemic.
10/01/2021 Banka Slovenije building becomes a dynamic video screen as of today In October it will be 30 years since the first banknotes in independent Slovenia were issued, in the form of tolar payment notes. One of the ways that Banka Slovenije is marking this key milestone is with a projection mapping on the façade of the Banka Slovenije building at Slovenska 35 in the heart of Ljubljana. The projection will be shown every day in October, between 7 pm and 10 pm, starting today, 1 October, and in addition to the payment notes will also feature tolar and euro banknotes and coins.
09/30/2021 Vabilo na novinarsko konferenco
09/23/2021 Gold and silver medallions released to mark the 30th anniversary of Banka Slovenije; limited numbers of 20th anniversary medallions also on sale Banka Slovenije is issuing gold and silver medallions to mark its 30th anniversary, which is being celebrated this year. The medallions go on sale on 4 October. Chosen in an online survey, the design depicts the mutual dependence of the country and the central bank.
09/15/2021 Sets of 2008, 2009 and 2010 general circulation euro coins for sale On 20 September Banka Slovenije will put on sale sets of 2008, 2009 and 2010 general circulation euro coins. These are coins which to date have only been available in the form of numismatic collections of euro coins for an individual year, and now they will be on sale in rolls of individual denominations, assembled in sets of various sizes. For each year, sets of three sizes will be available.
09/10/2021 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting In the second quarter of this year, the euro area, and in particular Slovenia, recorded a strong recovery in economic activity. Despite the high risks associated with the future course of the epidemic, this is continuing in the third quarter. There was also a strengthening of inflation, although we anticipate that following a gradual rise up to the end of the year, it will start easing off in the coming year. With the continued support of monetary policy, conditions in the financial markets continue to look highly favourable.
09/10/2021 Banka Slovenije hosts informal meeting of members of the General Council of the ECB Banka Slovenije today hosted a working lunch for members of the General Council of the ECB during the informal meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN).
09/08/2021 Opening speech by governor on The Eurofi Financial Forum 2021 Governor Boštjan Vasle had opening speech on The Eurofi Financial Forum 2021, which takes place from 8 to 10 September in Ljubljana.
09/07/2021 The EU should stick to the Basel III agreement During the autumn, the European Commission will publish a proposal for updated capital adequacy rules for banks within the EU. Banka Slovenije as well as a large number of other national central banks and supervisory authorities in the EU, call on the European Commission to respect the letter and spirit of this global agreement.
09/02/2021 Banka Slovenije will not extend the measure restricting profit distributions by banks and savings banks; the recommendation for leasing companies will also expire Banka Slovenije has decided not to extend the macroprudential measure temporarily restricting profit distributions (until the end of September) by banks and savings banks during the adverse economic situation brought about by the Covid-19 epidemic. Banka Slovenije will continue monitoring the capital and dividend plans of banks and savings banks on an individual basis. Similarly, the recommendation for leasing companies will also expire at the end of September.
08/31/2021 Economic activity close to its pre-crisis level after strengthening in the second quarter Despite the major barriers in international trade, and the spread of new variants of coronavirus, global economic activity is continuing to increase rapidly, while the euro area is recovering even more quickly. Economic activity in Slovenia also rose sharply in the second quarter of this year, approaching its pre-crisis level.
08/02/2021 Stress tests confirm the stability of the Slovenian banking system, which has sufficient capital adequacy Euro area banks have sufficient capital adequacy, according to the stress tests conducted at significant banks under the aegis of the ECB. The stress tests, in which the two largest Slovenian banks were also included, show banks retaining high resilience even under the adverse scenario. Comparable tests were conducted for smaller banks and savings banks at Banka Slovenije, and showed similar results.
07/27/2021 Invitation to present solutions and analysis in connection with the digital euro In the autumn Banka Slovenije is holding individual meetings with stakeholder representatives in connection with the potential issuance of a digital euro.
07/23/2021 Governor’s statement following the meeting of the Governing Council of the ECB The economic picture in the euro area improved sharply in the second quarter of this year. The health situation, the vaccine rollout and the easing of containment measures have given rise to a broad-based recovery. The Governing Council assesses these developments as on track with our forecasts, while the risks remain evenly balanced. The situation on the financial markets remains stable, amid significant monetary policy support.
07/23/2021 ECB decides not to extend recommendation restricting profit distribution at banks and savings banks Given the improvement in the economy and the health situation, the ECB today decided not to extend beyond September its recommendation restricting profit distributions by banks and savings banks. This means that after the recommendation expires at the end of September supervisors will return to their pre-pandemic approach to assessing capital and dividend plans.
07/21/2021 Call to join the digital euro market advisory group The engagement of stakeholders in the creation of the digital euro could help to smooth its introduction and speed up the expansion of its use. Having given the go-ahead for the investigation phase of the digital euro project, the Eurosystem has also established the Digital Euro Market Advisory Group.
07/16/2021 Banka Slovenije hosts panel on the Future of Europe A panel discussion entitled The Future of Europe: Monetary Policy Challenges and Citizens’ Views was held as part of a series of events on the future of Europe, as Slovenia embarked on its presidency of the Council of the EU. The panellists gave their views of the current situation and the euro area’s future challenges.
07/15/2021 Rapid increase in economic activity as the epidemic eases; labour market close to pre-crisis levels Record highs in certain indicators point to a fast recovery in the euro area economy. Economic activity is also rising fast in Slovenia: the business conditions have largely normalised, while the economy succeeded in preserving the vast majority of production capacity during last year’s crisis, thanks to extensive financial support. The opening of the economy is also improving the situation on the labour market, which is already comparable to that before the crisis in terms of certain indicators
07/14/2021 One step closer to the digital euro At today’s meeting the Governing Council of the ECB gave the go-ahead for the investigation phase of the digital euro project, which will last two years. Its findings will lay an important foundation for the final decision on whether to issue a digital euro. Banka Slovenije is also strengthening its activities in this area in the wake of today’s decision.
07/14/2021 Banka Slovenije museum Have you ever weighed a gold bar? Do you know when and how the tolar got its name? What happens to money when it is damaged or worn out? If these questions pique your interest, you should visit the Banka Slovenije museum. We welcome people of all ages who would like to know how the central bank works, how it is connected to the Eurosystem, and how its decisions impact the lives of individuals.
07/09/2021 Governor’s statement following the meeting of the Governing Council of the ECB: ECB monetary policy strategy review complete Euro area central bank governors approved a new monetary policy strategy this week. In it we have revised our approach to meeting the primary objective of price stability, and have also set out the instruments used to do so. The strategy also outlines the steps to be taken by central banks in facing the challenges posed by climate change.
07/08/2021 Application for the best master’s and doctoral theses At Banka Slovenije we are well aware that knowledge plays a major part in people’s success. Ever since 1992 we have therefore awarded prizes for the best master’s and doctoral theses in the areas of economics, banking, insurance, finance and financial law. Once again this year we are calling on anyone who defended their thesis between 1 July 2020 and 1 July 2021 to submit their work. The submission deadline is 13 August 2021.
07/01/2021 Invitation to a public debate: The future of Europe – Challenges from the monetary policy perspective In context of the ongoing Conference on the Future of Europe as well as to mark the beginning of the Slovenian EU Council Presidency 2021 Banka Slovenije is organizing a listening event – The future of Europe. The event will take place on Friday, 16 July 2021.
06/29/2021 Warning: attempts to misuse the name and logo of Banka Slovenije In recent months Banka Slovenije has noticed an increased use of its name and logo with the intent of damaging consumers. The targets have been mainly natural persons: the offenders pretend to be employees of Banka Slovenije and demand either transfers from consumers or to inspect their bank accounts.
06/24/2021 30 years of ensuring monetary stability The establishment of the Slovenian central bank as an independent monetary institution was adopted together with other constitutive documents in the historic parliamentary session of 25 June 1991. For this reason, together with Slovenia itself, this year sees Banka Slovenije celebrate its 30th anniversary. In this period of time, we have materially contributed to the development of the country and have been a part of numerous significant milestones for Slovenia.
06/16/2021 High growth in economic activity this year and next; uncertainty regarding the evolution of the epidemic remains high In the context of the improving epidemiological picture, Banka Slovenije expects economic growth to reach 5.2% this year and to remain high next year (4.8%). GDP is thus expected to reach the pre-crisis level already at the beginning of next year. Economic growth will be driven by both domestic and foreign demand. Inflation will also rise and remain below the medium-term target of less than 2%, but will be close to that limit. Banka Slovenije also finds that uncertainty regarding the future evolution of the epidemic remains high. Thus, in addition to the core projection, we have also drawn up alternative scenarios with the help of a healthcare expert.
06/11/2021 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting With what is now a more favourable epidemiological outlook, members of the Governing Council of the ECB deliberated yesterday over the improved economic forecast for the euro area. For this year, we expect a strong acceleration in economic activity, and the high growth rate will continue into the coming year. At the same time, despite this year’s acceleration, inflation will remain below the desired level. Conditions on the financial markets remain stable.
05/31/2021 Economic recovery in the early part of the year; economic activity expected to pick up sharply in the second quarter In contrast to the euro area overall, Slovenia saw the economic recovery begin in the first quarter of this year. This was largely driven by the lifting of containment measures, and the resulting growth in sizeable areas of private consumption that had previously been curtailed. The situation is also gradually improving on the labour market, where wage growth strengthened again amid the government measures. Banka Slovenije’s assessment is that the current figures for May indicate a sharp rise in economic activity in the second quarter of this year.
05/21/2021 Good governance at banks and savings banks is the key to reducing systemic difficulties in the banking system Corporate governance at banks and savings banks plays a key role in avoiding systemic difficulties in the banking system. Banka Slovenije assesses the suitability of supervisory board members on an individual and collective basis. They have a huge responsibility in the performance of banks and savings banks, in risk management, and in supervising the work of management boards. In so doing we uphold the highest standards and criteria.
05/20/2021 Opening of the Banka Slovenije museum Like Slovenia itself, this year sees Banka Slovenije celebrate the 30th anniversary of its founding. To mark the occasion, Banka Slovenije is opening a museum. The Banka Slovenije museum was officially opened in a ceremony attended by President Borut Pahor and Governor Boštjan Vasle. The museum aims to showcase the central bank’s key tasks, and its impact on everyday life and the daily decisions made by individuals.
05/19/2021 Invitation to apply for donations tender in 2021 Banka Slovenije uses donations to support activities that make a significant contribution to the realisation of its objectives and mandate as set out by law and by the Statute of the ESCB and of the ECB. Within this context, it particularly supports educational, scientific and research activities that help to spread expertise in subjects related to the work and objectives of Banka Slovenije.
05/14/2021 Vabilo na otvoritev Muzeja Banke Slovenije
05/07/2021 Extension of restriction on profit distributions at leasing companies Having extended and adjusted the macroprudential measure restricting profit distributions by banks and savings banks, Banka Slovenije has also extended the recommendation providing similar guidance to leasing companies. Amid the continuing economic and financial uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 epidemic, the aim in extending the recommendation is for leasing companies to maintain the highest possible level of capitalisation. The recommendation is expected to remain in force until the end of September.
05/06/2021 From 12 May, collector coins to mark the 300th anniversary of the Škofja Loka Passion will be available for purchase This year, Banka Slovenije is planning to issue three series of special coins – two series will be collector coins and one commemorative coins. The first collector coins, marking the 300th anniversary of the Škofja Loka Passion, will be available for purchase and in circulation from 12 May. In the autumn, we are planning to issue collector coins on the 30th anniversary of the Republic of Slovenia’s statehood, and commemorative coins to mark the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Provincial Museum for Carniola, the first museum in Slovenia.
05/05/2021 Independent taskforce of legal experts: Proposed legal solutions for unresolved issues following the bank recovery and resolution of 2013 Banka Slovenije has taken a more active role in seeking solutions to unresolved issues in connection with the recovery and resolution of the banking system in 2013, and the impact on those involved in that process from the decisions made at that time by the competent institutions. Given the unsuccessful attempts to find solutions to unresolved issues, judicial relief has still not been guaranteed for all participants in that process. The independent taskforce of legal experts set up at Banka Slovenije to draw up proposed solutions for unresolved issues has completed its work, and today presented a report of its key findings.
05/04/2021 Vabilo na novinarsko konferenco
05/04/2021 Households directed a large part of their disposable income into saving rather than consumption last year The extensive measures on the labour market taken by the government in response to the Covid-19 epidemic helped to maintain household purchasing power, and enabled further growth in the disposable income of Slovenian households. Because of the containment measures, this mainly did not translate into private consumption, but into increased household saving. Household deposits at banks thus increased to a record EUR 23 billion.
04/23/2021 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting The outlook for economic growth is improving in the euro area, as businesses and households increasingly adapt their behaviour. The Governing Council of the ECB’s assessment is that the latest figures support our forecasts, which nevertheless go hand-in-hand with great uncertainty, given the persistently bad epidemiological picture. The situation on the financial markets has also stabilised, with significant support from the accommodative monetary policy. In this situation the Governing Council decided yesterday to reconfirm the measures put in place to date, thereby continuing to ensure favourable financing conditions for the banking sector, the non-banking sector and the governments of the Eurosystem.
04/19/2021 ECB’s large-scale review boosts reliability and comparability of banks’ internal models The European Central Bank (ECB) today published the results of its targeted review of internal models (TRIM). Large and more complex banks typically use internal models to determine some of their risk-weighted assets, which serve as a basis for banks to calculate their capital needs. This review aimed to ensure that internal models comply with the rules and provide different outcomes only when the underlying risks are different.
04/16/2021 Financial Stability Review: In addition to the current risks in connection with the epidemic, the banking system is also facing extensive structural changes The systemic risks to financial stability remain elevated in the Covid-19 epidemic. Macroeconomic risk remains high, although it is gradually diminishing as businesses and households increasingly make adaptations. Credit risk is becoming more evident with the gradual withdrawal of the extensive government measures to support businesses and households. Income risk remains elevated. The new Financial Stability Review further finds that the financial system’s resilience to systemic risks remains relatively high, given the good position in which it entered the crisis, and the speed and scale of the economic policy measures taken.
04/13/2021 Decent economic figures despite the worsening epidemiological picture as firms and households adapt their behaviour The outlook in the euro area improved in March before the renewed tightening of containment measures, although euro area countries are in different starting positions before the anticipated recovery. In Slovenia all sectors not being directly impacted by containment measures are recovering. The figures show signs of moderate, albeit uneven, economic growth in the first quarter of this year. The situation on the labour market remains good, under the influence of the government support measures, but gaps have widened between individual groups of workers. There remains much uncertainty in connection with the future evolution of the epidemic.
04/12/2021 Banka Slovenije warns of need to find long-term viable solutions for borrowers in difficulty Banka Slovenije can report that the anti-crisis measure put in place last year in connection with the loan moratorium has achieved its purpose. Banks and savings banks approved moratoria for 24,000 borrowers while the measure was in place. Banka Slovenije notes that dealing with the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis, which has now been with us for more than a year, requires solutions that are viable in the long term. Amid the continued support from monetary and fiscal policy, we therefore also expect banks to play a more active role.
04/09/2021 Tender for public anonymous competition for designing drafts of occasional coins Content available in Slovene only
04/02/2021 Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group Next week, from 5 to 11 April, the Spring Meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WB) is taking place, again in a virtual format.
03/26/2021 Possibility of electronic video identification for the purpose of concluding credit transactions with new clients to be available soon Banka Slovenije has taken heed of the initiative of banks and other lenders with regard to the possibility of expanding the remote conclusion of credit transactions to include clients who are not their customers. To date, that was only possible with existing clients.
03/24/2021 Team of II. gimnazija Maribor is the winner of the Generation €uro Students' Competition Again this year, Banka Slovenije organised the Generation €uro Students’ Competition, which is intended for upper secondary school students. The winners of the tenth edition of the competition are students of II. gimnazija Maribor, who joined forces in the Absolute Zero Team under the leadership of Lidija Kodrin.
03/22/2021 Celebration of the 30th anniversary of Banka Slovenije: art competition for kindergartens and primary schools, video competition for high school and university students As a part of the Global Money Week and as an introduction to the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Banka Slovenije, we invite you to participate in two competitions. The art competition is intended for kindergartens and primary schools, a video competition for secondary schools and faculties. You can apply by 30 April and send us your art and video projects until 25 June 2021.
03/19/2021 Staff Concluding Statement of the 2021 Article IV Mission Under Article IV of the IMF’s Articles of Agreement, the IMF holds bilateral discussions with members, usually annually. During these consultations assessment of economic and financial developments and discussions on country's economic and financial policies take place.
03/18/2021 Discussion on the digital euro – the future of payment services? Digitalisation has strongly impacted the financial services and payment services field in the last few years, and central banks are actively responding to this change. Banka Slovenije is also participating in activities carried out in this area within the framework of the Eurosystem. Therefore, we organized a panel discussion in order to exchange viewpoints and positions regarding the challenges and opportunities that the digital euro would offer to Slovenia citizens.
03/18/2021 Invitation to press conference for the end of the IMF mission
03/12/2021 Governor’s statement following the meeting of the Governing Council of the ECB: higher pace of securities purchases to ensure favourable financing conditions As the recovery strengthens in the second half of the year, economic growth in the euro area will reach 4% this year, although the risks remain high. Despite the recovery, price pressures will remain weak: inflation will stay below its medium-term target, reaching 1.4% at the end of the projection horizon. The members of the Governing Council were in complete agreement that ensuring favourable financing conditions for the banking sector, the non-banking sector and Eurosystem governments by maintaining a highly accommodative monetary policy is the key in this situation.
03/10/2021 On average we pay 70 euros a year for payment services Banka Slovenije has observed that banks are moving away from providing specific payment services and are offering more package services. Regarding the basket of services that we have designed at Banka Slovenije, the typical customer of a Slovenian bank or savings bank pays on average EUR 70.47 a year for a package of services, with a very wide span from the cheapest to the most expensive bank. These are the key findings in a comparison of the costs of payment service baskets for consumers in 2020.
03/09/2021 Global Money Week Every year at the end of March, financial institutions celebrate the Global Money Week, which is intended, among other things, to raise awareness of the importance of financial literacy. This year it will take place from 22 to 28 March 2021. At Banka Slovenije we have also prepared some activities and events.
03/09/2021 30 years of Banka Slovenije Last year Banka Slovenije was celebrating its 30th anniversary. We were marking the occasion with a series of events and activities for the general public. We have created a special website that features an overview of the main activities, history, interesting photos and lighter topics. You can also follow the journey that Banka Slovenije has travelled over the past 30 years – from the introduction of our own currency to the present day.
03/08/2021 Article IV consultations with the IMF mission begin Today sees Slovenia embark on its regular consultation with the IMF under Article IV of the IMF’s Articles of Agreement. On this occasion, it will be conducted virtually, and is scheduled to finish by 19 March 2021. The preliminary findings will be presented at the conclusion.
03/05/2021 Almost 29,000 applications for loan moratoria received and EUR 70 million of loans with government guarantee approved by end of February Banka Slovenije is monitoring the impact of the government emergency measures on the performance of banks and savings banks. Under the law providing for loan moratoria, they had received 28,485 applications from borrowers by the end of February, the majority of which have already been approved. They also approved 1,393 applications from firms for new Covid-related liquidity loans during this period, with a total exposure of EUR 550.6 million.
03/04/2021 Payment systems in 2020: operating smoothly even in the epidemic, while card payments see the most notable changes Last year just over 240 million payments totalling just under EUR 549 billion were settled in payment systems in Slovenia. The average payment in card payment systems was a little under EUR 50, while the average payment in the TARGET2-Slovenija large-value payment system was around EUR 485 thousand. Compared with previous years, amid the epidemic the main changes were seen in card payment systems, where the value and number of transactions were down approximately a tenth.
03/03/2021 Value of counterfeit euro cash detected in Slovenia lowest since introduction of euro The number of counterfeit coins and banknotes in circulation in Slovenia remains vanishingly small. Banka Slovenije in cooperation with the police have found that the total value of counterfeit euro cash withdrawn from circulation last year fell for the third year in a row, and is currently at its lowest level since the introduction of the euro in 2007. This is the result of the detection of a lower number of counterfeit banknotes, which has fallen by more than a quarter in the past year alone. In contrast, the number of counterfeit coins detected increased by just over 17% over the previous year.
02/26/2021 Smaller decline in economic activity in second wave of epidemic than in first wave During the second wave of the epidemic, economic growth in Slovenia slowed in the final quarter of last year, similarly to the euro area overall, but the slowdown was significantly less than in the first wave, despite the worse epidemiological data. The situation remains slightly better than in the euro area overall, and with it the starting position for the recovery after the epidemic eases.
02/25/2021 Invitation to panel discussion on the digital euro – the future of payment services? Digitalisation has strongly impacted the financial services and payment services field in the last few years, and central banks are actively responding to this change. Banka Slovenije is also participating in activities carried out in this area within the framework of the Eurosystem. Therefore we will be holding a panel discussion on Thursday, 18 March 2021, in order to exchange viewpoints and positions regarding the challenges and opportunities that the digital euro would offer to Slovenia citizens. Applications to attend the free event will be accepted up to 16 March 2021.
02/18/2021 Moratorium arrangements A major anti-crisis measure agreed at the European level at the outbreak of the pandemic was the possibility of claiming a moratorium on the repayment of loans raised with financial institutions by businesses and individuals, under more favourable regulatory treatment for banks.
02/12/2021 Extension and adjustment of measure restricting profit distribution by banks and savings banks Banka Slovenije has extended and adjusted the macroprudential measure temporarily restricting profit distributions by banks and savings banks during the adverse conditions brought about by the coronavirus epidemic. That measure will apply until the end of this September.
02/11/2021 Vračilo dokumentov Banki Slovenije na podlagi sodbe Sodišča EU glede nedotakljivosti arhivov ECB
02/05/2021 Risks to the banking system remain elevated going into 2021; strong impact from government emergency measures Amid the economic adversity, the risks to financial stability remain profoundly elevated going into 2021, with Banka Slovenije highlighting income risk and credit risk in particular. Here we should reiterate that the situation might have been significantly worse without the fast and comprehensive economic policy response. Alongside the ECB monetary policy measures and additional Banka Slovenije measures, the government emergency measures are also having an impact on bank performance.
02/04/2021 Governor’s statement: Eurosystem’s commitment to sustainable and socially responsible investment in central bank portfolios The central banks of the Eurosystem are aware of the importance of climate risks and their potential financial consequences. On the Governing Council of the ECB we have therefore set out a common framework for socially responsible and sustainable investment in connection with central banks’ own portfolios of euro-denominated securities. Over the next two years central banks will begin monitoring these portfolios through various indicators of social responsibility and sustainability in investment.
01/27/2021 Coronavirus epidemic also reflected in firms’ access to financing Firms have assessed the situation last year in the area of financing, which was profoundly affected by the coronavirus epidemic, as worse than in the previous years. A survey of firms conducted by Banka Slovenije has revealed a positive financial gap at firms of all types, irrespective of size. The demand for financial resources outstripped access to them. Firms expect similar trends to continue this year. In connection with the coronavirus epidemic, firms are reporting adjustments to operating costs, and large-scale take-up of various forms of government support.
01/22/2021 Governor’s statement following the ECB’ monetary policy meeting In the face of the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, the economic situation in euro area countries, Slovenia included, remains serious. In contrast to the first wave, when industry also suffered a major decline, it is mainly services that have been hit in the current winter wave. The situation on the financial markets remains stable, amid the monetary policy support put in place by the Governing Council last year. There was also an improvement in government borrowing terms in Slovenia, and Slovenian banks have been allowed to provide favourable financing conditions for businesses and households.
01/19/2021 During epidemic changed payment patterns of consumers The spread of Covid-19 and comprehensive preventive measures to contain it have been reflected in part in the payment patterns of consumers at points of sale. In a special analysis, Banka Slovenije finds that the behavioural patterns of consumers in connection with the use of cash and payment cards from the first wave of the epidemic have been largely repeated during the second wave.
01/12/2021 Amid the bad epidemiological picture, the economic situation remained difficult at the end of the year It is increasingly evident that economic activity in different countries is being shaped by their approaches to dealing with the epidemic and the success of these approaches. While some countries (China, India, Brazil, US) saw an improvement in the economic picture at the end of the year, the situation worsened again in most of the countries of continental Europe. In Slovenia too the bad epidemiological situation required the re-tightening of containment measures, which mostly affected services, in contrast to the first wave, when industry also suffered a major decline.
01/08/2021 New comparison of payment service fees charged to consumers by banks and savings banks Banka Slovenije works to ensure that payment service users are as well-informed as possible about the fees that payment service providers charge for payment services. To make it as simple as possible to assess the cost of payment services for users, we have overhauled the online comparison site for fees of this type. The overhauled comparison site allows consumers to compare different packages at a particular bank or savings bank, and between them.
01/07/2021 Financial literacy at Banka Slovenije At Banka Slovenije we have been organising financial literacy programmes for a number of years now, covering a very broad educational spectrum, with an emphasis on younger generations. The activities encompass education days at Banka Slovenije, which each year host around 900 children and young people, mostly of school age, the production of our own educational materials, the Generation €uro competition, which is primarily aimed at secondary school students, and numerous other activities to raise public awareness of our role and of economic and financial themes.
12/23/2020 Overhauled Data Series pages
12/21/2020 Investment and investment finance in Slovenia: invitation to online event The moderate growth in investment activity seen in Slovenia since 2016 has come to an end, as a result of the situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Together with the European Investment Bank, Banka Slovenije is organising a webinar to discuss the priorities and challenges to be addressed by Slovenia in its investment activity. The webinar features a panel of experts from home and abroad.
12/17/2020 Commentary on today’s CJEU judgment Banka Slovenije’s view is that the ruling confirms the accuracy of the positions that we have taken in proceedings to date. Here we should reiterate that the proceedings related to bank recovery and resolution have been a burden on the functioning of Banka Slovenije for a number of years now, and have tarnished the country’s reputation in the eyes of the international community. We have therefore embarked on action to help ensure that those involved in the proceedings at the time are given proper legal protection, in line with the Slovenian legal system and EU law.
12/15/2020 Sharp decline in economic activity this year, 3.1% growth next year Banka Slovenije is forecasting Slovenia to record a sharp decline in economic activity this year (of 7.6%) as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, before a recovery next year (with growth of 3.1%). In the macroeconomic projections released today, we emphasise that the realisation of this forecast will primarily depend on the success of the rollout of the vaccine. The economic contraction has been profoundly mitigated by economic policy stimulus measures, without which this year’s decline in economic activity would be a third larger.
12/15/2020 Podelili smo nagrade petim doktorskim in magistrskim delom
12/14/2020 2020 collector and commemorative coins on sale 23 December As is customary, this year we will be issuing collector and commemorative coins, along with other numismatic products, for 2020. This year, the collector coins will mark the 30th anniversary of the referendum on the Republic of Slovenia’s independence, and the commemorative coins will honour the 500th anniversary of the birth of Adam Bohorič.
12/14/2020 Vabilo na novinarsko konferenco
12/11/2020 Governor’s statement following the ECB’ monetary policy meeting The euro area will see a large decline in economic activity this year as the coronavirus pandemic hits, while a recovery is expected next year. The Governing Council of the ECB was also briefed yesterday on the inflation forecasts: inflation will remain low over the coming months, but is expected to rise after the pandemic ends. In these circumstances we decided to maintain the extremely accommodative monetary policy stance, and recalibrated the key measures put in place in the early part of the crisis.
12/10/2020 Banka Slovenije’s commentary on Court of Audit report released today The Court of Audit of the Republic of Slovenia has today released its report on the performance of Banka Slovenije’s supervisory function, which relates to the period of the bank recovery and resolution in 2013 and 2014. Banka Slovenije’s view is that the report exceeds the powers of the Court of Audit, and encroaches on Banka Slovenije’s independence. We therefore filed a request some time ago for the assessment of the constitutionality of the provisions of law that grant the Court of Audit the power to oversee the supervisory practices of Banka Slovenije. We will thus refrain from commenting in detail on the report released today by the Court of Audit until the Constitutional Court has given its decision.
12/09/2020 Banking system during the coronavirus pandemic In the difficult situation brought by the coronavirus pandemic, the economies of the euro area and of Slovenia are facing a decline in activity. In this situation bank performance is declining: the banking system remains profitable, but next year and, in particular, the following years are expected to see a deterioration in credit portfolio quality and growing pressure on bank profitability.
12/08/2020 Cross-border instant payments available in Slovenia The pan-European payments infrastructure for making instant payments in euros is in use in Slovenia since yesterday. Its main feature is that it enables euro instant payments to be made cross-border, instead of merely in Slovenia. An instant payment is received by the payee as soon as the funds are transferred (within ten seconds), irrespective of time or day. Two Slovenian banks have joined the infrastructure to date.
12/02/2020 73% of purchases still made with cash; pandemic affects payment behaviour Cash remains the most-used payment instrument, according to the Study on the payment attitudes of consumers in the euro area (SPACE) released today by the ECB. Last year euro area consumers used cash for 73% of their point-of-sale and person-to-person retail transactions, while 24% were made by card. A separate survey about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic revealed that the current health crisis has slightly accelerated the trend of decline in the use of cash.
11/30/2020 Good economic growth in third quarter; renewed slowdown expected in final quarter After the lifting of the most stringent containment measures, economic growth in the third quarter of this year rose sharply as expected. The vast majority of sectors saw an improvement, although the strength of the recovery began to weaken even over the course of the quarter. Banka Slovenije expects there to be a significant renewed decline in activity in the final quarter of this year, amid the reimposition of the lockdown, albeit less pronounced than during the first wave of the epidemic.
11/25/2020 Renewed economic downturn in the final quarter, albeit slightly smaller than in the spring The economic situation in the euro area took a renewed downturn going into the final quarter of this year. Banka Slovenije expects a significant decline in activity in the final quarter amid the reimposition of lockdowns in numerous euro area countries, albeit not as pronounced as in the second quarter of this year. The growth forecasts for 2021 are also being cut. The economic situation is similarly deteriorating again in Slovenia, and the labour market recovery has come to an end.
11/25/2020 Banka Slovenije listens to representatives of civil society as part of the ECB strategy review Banka Slovenije today organised an ECB Listens event as part of the ECB strategy review. We heard from 12 representatives of civil society organisations and businesses. They highlighted the need for equal conditions of access to financial services, an approach to sustainable living, and the digitalisation of banking. They also advised on the necessity of central banks’ communications with the general public, and the great importance of financial education in the school system.
11/18/2020 Start of the Generation €uro Students' Award competition This year Banka Slovenije will organize the Generation €uro Students' Award competition in Slovenia for high school seniors again. The competition starts on 18 November with online quiz about monetary policy, European Central Bank and Eurosystem and will end in spring 2021, presumably in April or May, when the winning team together with their mentor will participate in the closing ceremony at the European Central Bank. Teams can sign up on the Generation €uro web page.
11/16/2020 ECB Listens – Banka Slovenije discussion on ECB strategy review Members of the Governing Council of the ECB have embarked on their monetary policy strategy review, which is expected to be completed some time next year. The involvement of academia, civil society and the general public will also have a prominent place. To this end central banks will organise a series of events under the ECB Listens banner. Banka Slovenije discussion on ECB strategy review will take place online on Wednesday 25 November 2020 from 10 to 12 am. We kindly invite all representatives of civil society organizations to actively participate.
11/11/2020 The public has selected an artistic solution for the medallion to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Banka Slovenije Banka Slovenije will issue gold and silver medallions to mark the 30th anniversary of its establishment, which we will celebrate next year. Through online voting, an artistic solution was selected that depicts the co-dependence of the country and the central bank using points. The 30 points on the front side of the medallion represent Banka Slovenije’s growth during this period, while points are arranged in the shape of Slovenia on the reverse side. The medallions, for which collectors have already expressed interest, are expected to be on sale from June 2021 on at Banka Slovenije counters.
11/09/2020 Warning to the users of banking services with respect to Golden Banque
11/05/2020 Banka Slovenije joins the Network for Greening the Financial System Banka Slovenije has joined the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS). It was founded primarily for the purpose of deepening knowledge and encouraging best practice in the green economy and green finance. We took this decision because we are aware that climate risks are of growing importance when it comes to financial stability. In separate analysis Banka Slovenije finds the climate sensitivity of the credit portfolio of banks in Slovenia to be moderate.
10/30/2020 Governor’s statement following the ECB’ monetary policy meeting The Governing Council of the ECB has taken a number of steps to provide monetary policy stimulus over the course of the year, and yesterday our assessment was that these were still providing sufficient support for the euro area economy even in the adverse situation. We will examine the situation again at the December meeting, when new economic projections will be ready, and will adjust our measures as circumstances dictate.
10/26/2020 More than 24,000 applications for the deferral of loan repayments; EUR 390 million in corporate liquidity loans approved March saw the entry into force of a law allowing the deferral of borrowers’ loan repayments. The banks have received 24,622 applications from borrowers to date. Some three-quarters of the applications were submitted in the first month that the new law was in force, after which the number slowly stabilised in line with the situation.
10/21/2020 Economic recovery loses momentum; measures help keep labour market solid The economic recovery in the euro area has lost momentum in the autumn, as a result of the growing deterioration in the epidemiological situation. At Banka Slovenije our assessment is that the crisis in the euro area would be significantly deeper without the countercyclical response from economic policy, the like of which is unprecedented in peacetime. The situation is very similar in Slovenia, where the outlook has deteriorated rapidly in recent weeks. The new Economic and Financial Developments reiterates that the situation on the labour market remains solid for now, under the influence of the government’s emergency measures.
10/20/2020 Eurosystem listening events as part of the monetary policy strategy review Members of the Governing Council of the ECB have embarked on their monetary policy strategy review, which is expected to be completed some time next year. The involvement of academia, civil society and the general public will also have a prominent place. To this end central banks will organise a series of events under the ECB Listens banner. The first event organised by the ECB will be hosted on 21 October 2020 by Christine Lagarde, the president of the ECB, and Philip R Lane, its chief economist. An event is also being planned at Banka Slovenije in the second half of November.
10/12/2020 Statement of the Governor Banka Slovenije’s next steps in the search for solutions to unresolved issues following the bank recovery and resolution in 2013 Since the recovery and resolution of the banking system in 2013, Slovenia has seen a debate on the decisions made at that time by Banka Slovenije, and on the consequences for those involved in that process. Due to unsuccessful attempts to resolve open issues, I have decided that Banka Slovenije will take a more active role. At my initiative, an independent team of legal experts will begin working together with the aim of formulating proposals for the comprehensive settlement of unresolved issues.
10/11/2020 Annual Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group This week, from 12 to 18 October, the Annual Meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WB) is taking place, this time in a virtual format.
10/09/2020 Izjava za javnost Aktivnosti Banke Slovenije glede odprtih vprašanj po bančni sanaciji leta 2013.
10/08/2020 Quicker method for the exchange of information on the indebtedness of business entities Banka Slovenije has upgraded its system for the exchange of information on the indebtedness of business entities (SISBIZ). The new system brings two key changes, effective 1 October: (i) data and information are updated in the SISBIZ system immediately and no longer once a month; and (ii) members of the system now include leasing firms and other lenders in Slovenia, and not just banks and savings banks.
10/06/2020 Financial Stability Review: Systemic risks to financial stability have increased sharply The risks to financial stability have increased sharply as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, which constitutes a profound shock to the Slovenian economy and the global economy. Alongside the high risk to financial stability coming from the weakened macroeconomic environment, Banka Slovenije is also highlighting the elevated income risk and credit risk at banks, who have suffered a sharp deterioration in their business conditions.
10/02/2020 Vabilo na novinarsko konferenco Predstavitev stanja v slovenskem finančnem sistemu.
09/25/2020 Vote for the design of medal to celebrate 30th anniversary of Banka Slovenije Next year Banka Slovenije will celebrate its 30th anniversary. On this occasion we will issue gold and silver medal. Medals will be on sale for numismatists as well as for other interested buyers. Since we would like to celebrate our anniversary with citizens, we invite general public to participate in the selection of the design.
08/31/2020 Significant decline in economic activity in the second quarter; initial figures point to recovery over the remainder of the year As expected, there was a large decline in economic activity in the second quarter, at the time of peak spread of the virus, when the most extensive containment measures were in place.
07/27/2020 Banka Slovenije received 24 reports of breaches via its reporting system in the first half of the year
07/20/2020 Mobile application Moj SISBON enables you to monitor your indebtedness anywhere and anytime Banka Slovenije operates the information exchange system about indebtedness of physical persons called SISBON. Now you can monitor your indebtedness also with mobile application Moj SISBON.
07/17/2020 Banks are lending to firms to address the Covid-19 crisis; first loans under the guarantee scheme The outbreak of the virus and the containment measures brought a sharp economic downturn in March, which reached its bottom in April. More encouraging signs began to appear at the end of the second quarter, and the outlook remains more favourable.
07/17/2020 Application for staff scholarship of Banka Slovenije Banka Slovenije invites applications for staff scholarships for upcoming academic year 2020/21. Students in second level of master's programs of business IT, financial mathematics, economy, banking and financial field, law and other similar fields can apply.
07/10/2020 30-years of Banka Slovenije: anonymous public tender for designing a medal Next year Banka Slovenije will celebrate its 30th anniversary. On this occasion we will issue gold and silver medal. We are publishing a public tender for designing a medal and we invite professional and general public to participate. The deadline for submission is 7 September 2020.
07/08/2020 Drop in economic activity sharpest in April; labour market heavily affected by emergency measures As expected, the drop in domestic activity in Slovenia was sharpest in April according to short-term indicators, while the outlook for the second half of the year is more favourable. In its recent Economic and Financial Developments, Banka Slovenije also finds that the labour market, which remains heavily affected by government emergency measures, has deteriorated significantly.
07/07/2020 Economic downturn caused by coronavirus reflected in bank performance The banking system is doing business in the harsh environment caused by the Covid-19 epidemic and the lockdown measures, and this is being reflected in bank performance.
07/03/2020 23,700 applications for borrowers’ moratorium at banks in first three months Banka Slovenije can report that during the first three months of the law being in force, banks received 23,700 applications from borrowers for a moratorium on repayments, equivalent to 3.6% of total loans. The vast majority of applications, fully three-quarters, were received by banks during the law’s first month in force.
06/30/2020 Lower deflation in June; great uncertainty over price developments in the coming months The lifting of the measures to contain and control the coronavirus epidemic, and the rebooting of large parts of the economy were reflected in a smaller fall in consumer prices in June compared with the two previous months. Amid the recent deterioration in the epidemiological picture and the reimposition of certain measures, future consumer price developments remain uncertain.
06/24/2020 Introductory address at the Banking Summit by Primož Dolenc, deputy-governor of Banka Slovenije Deputy-governor Primož Dolenc presented the measures taken by the Banka Slovenje and the ECB to eliminate the consequences of the Covid-19 epidemic.
06/23/2020 Banks’ and savings banks’ payment services mostly rose in price last year The average fees charged by banks and savings banks for payment services were higher at the end of 2019 than a year earlier in 16 out of 21 analysed segments. Fees for consumers rose by 3.75% on average, while fees for legal entities were 2.48% higher.
06/22/2020 Coronavirus reflected in patterns of payments and cash use The sharp decline in economic indicators caused by the Covid-19 epidemic and the extensive lockdown measures have also been reflected in the functioning of payment systems and the supply of cash to the market. Banka Slovenije has therefore conducted analysis of the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic on patterns of payments and cash use.
06/18/2020 Downturn in bank performance as the economy struggles The Slovenian banking system is doing business in the face of a sharp decline in economic indicators caused by the Covid-19 epidemic and the lockdown measures. The Monthly report on bank performance finds that the situation has been reflected on the investment side of the balance sheet in a slowdown in credit activity: loans to households and corporates alike have declined.
06/18/2020 Apply for Best Masters and Doctoral Thesis Anyone, who have defended or will defend their thesis between 1 July 2019 and 1 July 2020, can apply. Application deadline is 31 August 2020. We will award seven thesis, doctorates will receive an award in amount of EUR 3,000 and masters will receive an award in amount of EUR 1,500.
06/14/2020 Trade in merchandise and services remained well down in April The balance of payments figures for the first four months of this year are showing a large fall in merchandise trade and trade in services compared with the same period last year. The lockdown measures introduced at home and abroad in March to curb the coronavirus pandemic were a major factor in this fall.
06/10/2020 Ekipa Škofijske gimnazije zmagovalka dijaškega tekmovanja Generacija €uro V Banki Slovenije smo danes razglasili zmagovalce dijaškega tekmovanja Generacija €uro, ki ga članice ECB izvajamo že deveto leto zapored. Namenjeno je spodbujanju mladih k spoznavanju tem s področja monetarne politike ter delovanja ECB in Evrosistema. Letos je sodelovalo 28 ekip iz 11 različnih šol.
06/10/2020 ECB reports on progress towards euro adoption for EU countries
06/08/2020 Stabilisation over the next two years following this year’s contraction in the economy Banka Slovenije is expecting a profound contraction in economic activity this year, but the situation should stabilise over the next two years. The baseline scenario forecasts a 6.5% decline in GDP this year, before growth resumes, reaching 4.9% and 3.6% over the next two years. A sharp downturn is expected on the labour market, before a gradual recovery over the next two years.
06/05/2020 Monetary policy meeting of the Governing Council of the ECB: statement by Governor Boštjan Vasle New forecasts of economic developments, which were confirmed yesterday by members of the Governing Council of the ECB, envisage a drop in economic activity in the main scenario comparable to the financial crisis ten years ago. Thus, at the recent monetary policy meeting, the members of the Governing Council adopted additional monetary policy measures aimed at supporting the economic recovery and ensuring price stability.
06/05/2020 Public tender for designing occasional coins Banka Slovenije is publishing anonymous public tender for designing occasional coins, namely, in 2021 we will issue commemorative as well as collector coins.
06/01/2020 22,500 applications for borrowers’ moratorium at banks in first two months Banka Slovenije can report that during the first two months of the new law being in force, banks received 22,500 applications from borrowers for a moratorium on repayments, equivalent to 3.4% of total loans. The vast majority of applications were received by banks during the first month of the new law being in force.
05/29/2020 Deflation continues in May; price measurement proves challenging in extraordinary circumstances Driven by the epidemic, Slovenia continued to record deflation in May. It stood at 1.4%, a significant part of which was attributable to falling energy prices.
05/27/2020 A lengthy recovery for certain sectors, but opportunities beckon for some The global economy is in shock, and this is being reflected in record falls in numerous economic indicators. Everything therefore points to a significant recession in the first half of 2020. The Slovenian economy too is facing a major crisis. Moving into the second quarter, some indicators hit their record lows. There was also a severe downturn in the labour market.
05/27/2020 Resignation of vice-governor Marko Bošnjak Vice-governor Marko Bošnjak has informed the Governing Board of Banka Slovenije that he has submitted a request to the National Assembly to be removed early from his position as a member of the Governing Board.
05/22/2020 Banks will be able to temporarily exclude declines in income caused by epidemic when calculating creditworthiness Banks will be allowed to exclude months that see a temporary decline in income as a result of the Covid-19 epidemic from their calculations of consumer creditworthiness. In dealing with the extraordinary situation of the struggle against the Covid-19 epidemic, Banka Slovenije has made adjustments to its current rules stipulating that income over the preceding year is taken into account in the calculation of a consumer’s annual income before a new loan agreement is signed. The changes enter into force on 1 June 2020.
05/20/2020 Restrictions on profit distribution at leasing companies Having recently adopted a macroprudential measure restricting profit distributions by banks and savings banks, Banka Slovenije has issued a recommendation extending similar guidance to leasing companies. The purpose of the recommendation is ensuring that leasing companies retain the highest possible level of capitalisation. It is expected to be in place for one year.
05/19/2020 The banking system came into the crisis in good shape; the deterioration during the crisis will depend on its duration and depth Banka Slovenije’s assessment is that the banking system was in good shape as it entered the crisis caused by coronavirus. Given the sheer magnitude of the shock and the huge decline in economic activity, the banking system’s liquidity position will deteriorate over time, while the downward pressure on capital adequacy will increase. Banka Slovenije drew up two scenarios to assess the banking system’s readiness for the crisis.
05/14/2020 March sees large decline in services trade, as travel segment contracts by more than half Banka Slovenije can report that international trade fell significantly in March, largely as a result of the measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic introduced at home and abroad in that month. With merchandise imports declining by even more than merchandise exports, the merchandise trade surplus strengthened again. The measures hit trade in services particularly hard, most notably imports and exports of travel services.
05/14/2020 Publication of the audit report by the Court of Audit: statement by the Governor Banka Slovenije’s initial response to the Court of Audit’s findings is to highlight that the audit relates to a period two to three years ago, and to the operating procedures in place at that time.
05/11/2020 22,230 applications for borrowers’ moratorium in first month Banka Slovenije can report that during the first month that the new law was in force (to the beginning of May), banks received 22,230 applications from borrowers for a moratorium on repayments, equivalent to 3.3% of total loans. Our assessment is that future developments in the number of applications will depend primarily on the possibilities for reigniting the economy afforded by the coronavirus situation.
05/01/2020 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and the measures taken by governments to curb its spread, the euro area economy has taken a sharp downturn. Given the fall in GDP even in the first quarter, and the further deterioration expected, the euro area will end the year with a large decline in GDP.
04/24/2020 Invitation to apply for donations tender in 2020 In Banka Slovenije we encourage activities, which significantly contribute to achieving our goals and fulfilling our mandate, thus, different organizations have a possibility to apply for funding through donations. We are aware of our involvement in wider social environment, therefore we try to contribute as much as we can to improve conditions for education of children and young adults. Last date for application is 18 May 2020.
04/21/2020 Banka Slovenije sets new fees for basic payment account Banka Slovenije has updated the method for calculating fees for the basic payment account, but the level of the fee still depends on the consumer’s socioeconomic situation. Those eligible for cash social assistance and the social security supplement will be charged a maximum of EUR 1.47 per month for a basic payment account. For other consumers the new maximum fee is EUR 4.90 per month.
04/10/2020 Provisional figures already showing a sharp fall in economic activity The initial indicators confirm that the economic situation in the euro area took a sharp downturn going into the second quarter. It was a similar case in Slovenia, where there has been a huge decline in firms’ demand expectations and the beginnings of a downturn on the labour market.
04/08/2020 Restrictions on profit distribution at banks and savings banks The Bank of Slovenia has adopted a macroprudential measure placing temporary restrictions on banks and savings banks in their profit distribution. The purpose of the measure is to retain capital so that the banking system is better able to withstand potential losses, and to continue supplying credit to businesses and households. The measure is expected to be in place for one year.
04/07/2020 FAQs in connection with the Emergency Deferral of Borrowers’ Liabilities Act (ZIUOPOK) In conjunction with the Ministry of Finance Banka Slovenije has drawn up answers to a number of frequently asked questions in order to help borrowers.
04/02/2020 Messages related with coronavirus At the Bank of Slovenia we have been closely monitoring and analysing the ongoing coronavirus situation ever since the outbreak of the novel virus. In the preparation of measures we are working within ECB, cooperating with the government and with the commercial banks and other institutions.
04/01/2020 Implementation of the PEPP On 18 March 2020 the Governing Council of the ECB instituted the Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP), a new, temporary programme with an overall envelope of EUR 750 billion, equivalent to 6% of euro area GDP. Purchases under the new programme began on 26 March 2020, and will be conducted until the end of this year.
03/31/2020 Slovenian economy to pay a high price in the fight against coronavirus The Bank of Slovenia’s assessment is that the price to the Slovenian economy exacted by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic is very likely to exceed that of the last global financial crisis. In analysis entitled Impact of coronavirus on the Slovenian economy, we outlined three potential scenarios of future developments, and calculated their potential impact on the economy.
03/30/2020 ECB recommendation to banks to refrain from dividend payments until October at least Last Friday ECB adopted a recommendation whereby, in light of the coronavirus crisis, banks should wait at least until October 2020 before paying dividends or undertaking share buy-backs.
03/24/2020 The Bank of Slovenia has extended all of the ECB measures to less significant banks and savings banks To ensure equal treatment for all banks in the Slovenian banking system, the Bank of Slovenia has extended all of the measures adopted at ECB level to less significant institutions under the Bank of Slovenia’s direct supervision.
03/23/2020 Clarification for borrowers following the adoption of the Emergency Deferral of Borrowers’ Liabilities Act Loan restructuring, which to date has been an option available by agreement between banks and borrower, is made mandatory by the law. Banks will have to allow all those in difficulties caused by the outbreak of the crisis to defer their repayments.
03/19/2020 Governor’s statement following last night’s meeting of the Governing Council of the ECB Recent days have seen the economic slowdown caused by the spread of coronavirus joined by profound uncertainty on the financial markets. The governments of individual countries and, in particular, collective international institutions have therefore been taking intensive action to deal with the uncertain situation. At last night’s meeting of the Governing Council of the ECB, we approved an additional package of measures to help households, businesses and governments.
03/18/2020 No disruption to key processes; the Bank of Slovenia is also helping to draw up measures for bridging liquidity difficulties The Bank of Slovenia has long felt that the coronavirus situation needs to be taken extremely seriously. Because our responsibilities include processes that are vital to the smooth functioning of the government and the whole country, we began working on various scenarios several weeks ago. We can therefore provide assurance that all key processes are working as intended, and will continue to do so even if the situation worsens.
03/16/2020 Banks and savings banks change their working hours Banks and savings banks are reducing their workload at the majority of branches.
03/13/2020 Governor’s statement following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting The previously known risks to economic growth in Slovenia and the entire euro area have been joined this year by the escalating uncertainty surrounding coronavirus. The Bank of Slovenia’s assessment is that the impact will be largest in manufacturing and in services, most notably transport and tourism.
03/10/2020 Bank of Slovenia informed of Constitutional Court decision to stay implementation of Act on Judicial Relief Granted to Holders of Qualified Bank Credit The Bank of Slovenia has been awarded a unanimous decision by the Constitutional Court staying the implementation of the Act on Judicial Relief Granted to Holders of Qualified Bank Credit in full.
03/09/2020 Firms still assessing their access to financing positively Firms have reported a growing need for financing in recent years, but at the same time their access to financing has not kept pace. The finance gap (the gap between financial needs and access to financing) widened slightly, according to Bank of Slovenia research.
03/05/2020 Payment systems in 2019: ATM withdrawals and card payments average approximately EUR 50 Last year just under 250 million payments totalling around EUR 444 billion were settled in payment systems in Slovenia, comparable to previous years. The average payment in card payment systems was around EUR 50 last year, while the average payment in the TARGET2-Slovenija large-value payment system was around EUR 360 thousand.
03/04/2020 Panel discussion on open banking With the aim of keeping Slovenia at the heart of global trends in advanced financial services, Banka Slovenije organized a brief panel discussion entitled Open banking: responding to the needs of contemporary payment service users.
02/28/2020 Private consumption remains the key factor in weakening growth The domestic economy continued to cool in the final quarter of last year, primarily as a result of a contraction in investment and the slowdown in international trade. The key domestic factor remains private consumption, which is being driven by the record highs of the labour market and the further strengthening of household purchasing power.
02/24/2020 Eurosystem listening events as part of the monetary policy strategy review A monetary policy strategy review has been launched, and is expected to be completed by the end of this year. The members of the Eurosystem will organise a series of Eurosystem listening events at which the views of citizens, academia, parliamentarians and civil society organisations will be heard.
02/21/2020 Banka Slovenije received thirteen reports of breaches via its reporting system
02/13/2020 Amount of counterfeit euro cash detected in Slovenia falls The amount of counterfeit euro cash withdrawn from circulation in Slovenia has fallen for the second consecutive year. The total value of cash withdrawn during the year has thus fallen from EUR 720,000 to just over EUR 76,000 over the last two years.
02/11/2020 Request for payment of lump-sum compensation pursuant to the ZPSVIKOB In order to simplify the procedure for applicants filing requests for payment of lump-sum compensation, the Bank of Slovenia has prepared basic information on the conditions under which individual applicants are entitled to file a request, and a brief summary of the content and enclosures that applicants must file.
02/10/2020 Higher tier of statistics publication On 7 February Slovenia joined the Special Data Dissemination Standard Plus (SDDS Plus), the highest tier of statistical reporting set out by the IMF.
02/07/2020 Issues in connection with the closing of accounts of foreign nationals and firms under foreign ownership The Bank of Slovenia has recently seen a rise in the number of cases of commercial banks closing the payment accounts of foreign nationals and Slovenian firms under foreign ownership. Our assessment is that commercial banks are primarily taking this action on the basis of legislation governing AML/CFT.
02/05/2020 Bank of Slovenia analysis: no expectation of general introduction of custody fees for households The Bank of Slovenia has drawn up analysis of the impact of the potential introduction of custody fees for household deposits at Slovenian banks. According to a survey of banks, we find that there is no expectation of the general introduction of custody fees for households in the current situation.
01/31/2020 Brexit: impact of UK exit on Slovenian economy mostly indirect Today sees one of the milestones in the process of the UK leaving the EU, which for some time now has been one of the major risks to the euro area economy and consequently to the Slovenian economy.
01/24/2020 Monetary policy meeting of the Governing Council of the ECB: First outline of strategic review of monetary policy Boštjan Vasle, Governor of the Bank of Slovenia, attended the ECB’s Governing Council’s monetary policy meeting as normal, which was held in Frankfurt yesterday. The meeting focused on launching the strategic review of monetary policy planned for 2020.
01/16/2020 Economic and Financial Developments: Labour market remains buoyant at the end of the year, amid weak indicators of economic activity There were hints of an improvement in the global economy in the final quarter of last year, while signs could also be seen of the uncertainty in international trade easing. Indicators of economic activity in the euro area remained sluggish, and growth in the Slovenian economy is also thought to have slowed slightly, according to the figures currently available.
01/10/2020 Bank of Slovenia lodges application to assess the constitutionality of the Act on Judicial Relief Granted to Holders of Qualified Bank Credit The Bank of Slovenia has today, 10 January 2020, lodged an application to assess the constitutionality of the Act on Judicial Relief Granted to Holders of Qualified Bank Credit. As we have highlighted on several occasions, the aforementioned law breaches the fundamental principles of the functioning of the central bank, as set out by the constitution and also by EU law.
01/03/2020 Documentation published under Article 10 of the ZPSVIKOB We are hereby publishing documentation for all six banks against whom measures were imposed in 2013 and 2014 on the basis of the Banking Act.
12/18/2019 Financial system is stable; cooling of the economy an insecurities are increasing some systemic risks Financial Stability Review of Banka Slovenije determines that financial system in Slovenia is stable. At the same time some key systemic risks are increasing mainly due to cooling of the economy and insecurities in the international environment.
12/17/2019 Macroeconomic projections: Domestic factors are main drivers of economic growth in this and the next year This year's economic growth will amount to 2.6% and next year to 2.5%. It is presumed to stay close to these levels also in 2021 and 2022. Domestic consumption will present the main driver of economic growth alongside otherwise solid growth of export. Growth of economic activity will continue to exceed average growth in the Euro area.
12/13/2019 ECB monetary policy meeting: New forecasts for the euro area Boštjan Vasle, Governor of the Bank of Slovenia, attended the ECB’s monetary policy meeting as normal, which was held in Frankfurt yesterday. Members of the Governing Council of the ECB were briefed on the latest economic forecasts, according to which economic growth in the euro area will remain moderate.
12/02/2019 Banka Slovenije received nine reports of breaches via its reporting system
11/29/2019 Services and construction the largest factors in slowing economic growth Year-on-year economic growth in Slovenia slowed to 2.3% in the third quarter, although the economic situation remains better than in the euro area overall.
11/22/2019 Regulation of judicial relief for holders of subordinated debt Following the National Assembly’s latest voting on the Act on Judicial Relief Granted to Holders of Qualified Bank Credit, it is with regret that the Bank of Slovenia notes that its fundamental positions and the similar views of other institutions were not taken into consideration.
11/21/2019 New commemorative coins marking the centenary of the founding of the University of Ljubljana enter circulation A commemorative 2-euro coin and the new set of euro coins dated 2019 will enter circulation and be available for sale as of 25 November 2019. The event being marked by this latest commemorative coin is the centenary of the founding of the University of Ljubljana.
11/18/2019 Predstavitev poročila Mednarodnega denarnega sklada Na Banki Slovenije smo gostili predstavitev jesenskega regionalnega poročila Mednarodnega denarnega sklada (MDS). Poročilo se osredotoča na gospodarske obete in izzive ekonomskih politik, predstavljena pa je tudi analiza vpliva rasti plač na inflacijo.
11/15/2019 Numizmatika – kamenček v mozaiku grajenja nacionalne identitete 14. 11. 2019 smo gostili numizmatično razpravo, na kateri smo med drugim predstavili tudi nov spominski kovanec, ki ga bomo izdali ob 100. obletnici ustanovitve Univerze v Ljubljani.
11/08/2019 Speech by the Governor Boštjan Vasle at the Slovenian Bankers’ Day Traditional Slovenian banking day was held at Brdo pri Kranju. The governor Boštjan Vasle initialy emphasized, that in order to improve macroeconomic situation we must use all possible policies in harmonized manner.
11/07/2019 Banka Slovenije podelila nagrade sedmim doktorskim in magistrskim delom Na Banki Slovenije smo tudi letos podelili nagrade za najboljša zaključna dela študentov s področja ekonomije, bančništva, zavarovalništva, financ in finančnega prava.
11/05/2019 Consumer protection in online shopping: Transitional period until the end of the year for the requirement to add an additional element of user authentication The latest feature in consumer protection in payments via online stores took effect in mid-September 2019.
11/04/2019 FAQs and answers about the tightening of the Bank of Slovenia measures in the area of household lending New measures for household loans came into force on 1 November 2019. Some of most frequent questions of general public and our answers can be found here.
10/28/2019 Bank of Slovenia tightens measures in the area of household lending The Bank of Slovenia finds that the risks associated with consumer lending remain elevated, despite our previous actions.
10/25/2019 Statement by Governor Boštjan Vasle following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting At the October meeting members of the Governing Council of the ECB decided to retain the monetary policy stance formulated at the September meeting, the full implementation of which is envisaged over following months. The key aim in the monetary policy stimulus thus remains creating financing conditions that through increased economic activity will push inflation closer to its desired target level, even in a weakening economy.
10/20/2019 Statement by Governor Boštjan Vasle during his attendance at the IMF and World Bank annual meeting The governor of Banka Slovenije attended annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Washington. Main discussion evolved around lowering the economic forecasts of the IMF again and the key reasons that led to this. Similar to the ECB, the IMF also emphasizes, that in addition to monetary policy the response of other policies is necessary in order to raise low inflation in the euro area.
10/16/2019 Regulation of judicial relief for holders of subordinated debt: Bank of Slovenia again warns of disputed provisions before voting The bill envisages actions for the Bank of Slovenia that would contravene current Slovenian legislation and international law. In our opinion, a law of this type would not provide for judicial relief for former holders of qualified bank credit.
10/15/2019 Economic developments in Slovenia: growing impact of the adverse situation in the international environment After slow growth of economic activity in the first half of 2019, similar developments continued in the Euro area also in the third quarter according to the currently available data. Unfavourable situation in international environment started to overflow into Slovenian economy, although in Slovenia domestic factors remain fairly favourable.
10/11/2019 Banka Slovenije delila izkušnje s področja nadzora bančnega poslovanja Banka Slovenije je gostila predstavnike nacionalnih centralnih bank in nadzornih agencij Zahodnega Balkana v okviru programa, katerega cilj je dodatna krepitev institucionalne zmogljivosti centralnih bank in bančnih nadzornih agencij regije. Program financira Evropska unija, tema tokratnega srečanja pa je bila nadzor bančnega poslovanja. Poleg strokovnjakov z Banke Slovenije so pri usposabljanju sodelovali še predstavniki belgijske in bolgarske centralne banke.
10/07/2019 ECB stress tests: Liquidity of banks in the Euro area is satisfactory; largest Slovenian banks also included in the tests Stress tests, completed by the ECB in accordance with its supervisory function, targeted assessment of banks' liquidity risk this year. The stress testing included 103 significant banks in the Euro area, directly supervised by the ECB, among which were also three largest Slovenian banks.
09/19/2019 Interbank overnight interest rates: October sees the €STR replace the EONIA A change will be made to interbank overnight interest rates on 2 October 2019: the current EONIA will be replaced by the Euro Short-Term Rate or €STR.
09/13/2019 Response of Governor Boštjan Vasle following the ECB’s monetary policy meeting In his response to the measures adopted yesterday by the ECB, the Governor of the Bank of Slovenia Boštjan Vasle explained that those measures provide strong stimulus, through which the members of the Governing Council of the ECB maintain favourable financial terms, and thus contribute to economic activity and the resulting rise in price pressures and the convergence of inflation with the target level.
09/10/2019 Prior to the second reading, the Bank of Slovenia once again brings attention to the disputed provisions of the draft Act on Judicial Relief Granted to Holders of Qualified Bank Credit The amendments that were submitted by the parties of the governing coalition during the procedure do not address all of the questionable solutions of the draft act, particularly the financing of potential damages. Moreover, certain questionable provisions of the draft act put the Bank of Slovenia in a substantially weaker position.
09/06/2019 Latest feature in the area of consumer protection in payments via online stores: requirement for an additional element of user authentication Requirement will take effect on 14 September 2019
09/03/2019 High profit generated by the banking system during the first half of the year; continuing growth in lending activity in the low interest rate environment presents a key challenge Monthly report on bank performance, September2019
08/30/2019 Komentar podatka o bruto domačem proizvodu: Kljub umirjanju gospodarske aktivnosti v mednarodnem okolju rast mednarodne trgovine ostaja visoka Gospodarska rast se je v Sloveniji pod vplivom ohlajanja gospodarstva v evrskem območju v drugem četrtletju letošnjega leta ponovno upočasnila.
08/02/2019 Stability of the Slovenian banking system confirmed in this year’s bank of Slovenia stress tests In addition to targeted supervisory stress tests, which this year focused on liquidity risk, the Bank of Slovenia has also conducted macro stress tests this year, which aim to assess the evolution of systemic risks in the Slovenian banking system. They showed the banking system to be stable under the baseline scenario and under the adverse scenario alike.
07/30/2019 New collector coins are entering circulation, commemorating the centenary of Prekmurje rejoining its homeland On 12 August 2019, new 2019 collector coins will enter circulation: gold, silver and bimetallic collector coins. The event recorded on these latest collector coins is the centenary of Prekmurje rejoining its homeland
07/18/2019 The situation in the banking system remains good, while risks have increased Monthly briefing on bank performance, July 2019
07/18/2019 Razpisujemo nagrade za najboljša magistrska in doktorska dela Na Banki Slovenije bomo tudi letos nagradili najboljša magistrska in doktorska dela s finančnega področja za leto 2018/2019.
07/17/2019 Interbank overnight interest rates: October sees the €STR replace the EONIA A change will be made to interbank overnight interest rates on 2 October 2019: the current EONIA will be replaced by the Euro Short-Term Rate or €STR.
07/16/2019 Economic and Financial Developments, July 2019 As economic growth slows slightly, the first signs are also being seen of a slowdown on the labour market.
06/28/2019 Bank of Slovenia’s position on the amendments to the Act on Judicial Relief Granted to Holders of Qualified Bank Credit
06/19/2019 Financial Stability Review, June 2019 Systemic risks to financial stability are increasing
06/18/2019 Novinarska konferenca Banke Slovenije
06/12/2019 Macroeconomic Projections for Slovenia, June 2019 Economic growth to slow slightly this year and next year, but to remain higher than euro area average.
05/29/2019 Speech by Boštjan Vasle, the Governor of the Bank of Slovenia, at the Banking conference
05/28/2019 Monthly report on bank performance, May 2019 Credit growth is increasing, and remains the key to future bank profitability
05/28/2019 Summary of macroeconomic developments, May 2019 In Slovenia, favourable economic trends continue, and that is still reflected in the labour market situation. Further rapid growth in employment and the acceleration of wage growth strengthen the purchasing power of the population and enable the strengthening of core inflation.
05/27/2019 New €100 and €200 banknotes enter circulation These are the last two banknotes in the Europa series, which aims to offer even better protection against counterfeiting.
04/19/2019 Na Banki Slovenije evakuacijska vaja v primeru požara Na Banki Slovenije se je ob 11. uri začela evakuacijska vaja v primeru požara, ki poteka v sodelovanju z Gasilsko brigado Ljubljana.
04/17/2019 13th meeting of the National Payments Council National Payments Council is aware of the importance of instant payments and encourages development of simple, secure and generally accepted solutions for such payments, which, as alternative to cash, have a great potential for use particularly for younger generations.
04/08/2019 Open letter of the governor to the prime minister of Slovenia The governor of the Bank of Slovenia Boštjan Vasle addressed an open letter to the prime minister of the Republic of Slovenia on the bill for the Act on Judicial Relief Granted to Holders of Qualified Bank Credit.
04/05/2019 Opening of the exhibition room Mala galerija of the Bank of Slovenia The Bank of Slovenia opened renovated exhibition room Mala galerija. In cooperation with the University of Ljubljana the Bank of Slovenia also opened the first exhibition prepared by students of the Photography Department of the ALUO.
04/05/2019 Natečaj za oblikovanje idejnih osnutkov priložnostnih kovancev
04/04/2019 Economic and financial developments, April 2019 Favourable economic developments continue at the beginning of this year.
04/04/2019 The Governor Boštjan Vasle presented the latest findings of the Bank of Slovenia to the members of the government
04/04/2019 Initiation of compulsory liquidation procedure against companies 2 PI and Solidus due to unauthorised accepting of deposits or other repayble funds from the public
04/03/2019 Monthly report on bank performance, April 2019 Banks are continuing to lend primarily to households, and less to corporates.
03/28/2019 Diocesan Classical Gymnasium team wins Generation €uro
03/18/2019 Bank of Slovenia receives seven reports of breaches via its reporting system
03/13/2019 Borrowers have been using loan stacking to mislead banks as to their actual creditworthiness The Bank of Slovenia emphasises that loan stacking of this type, although the total value does not represent a risk to the stability of the financial system, is misconduct with elements of a criminal offence.
03/07/2019 Monthly report on bank performance, March 2019 Situation in banking system remained favourable last year.
03/05/2019 Summary of macroeconomic developments, March 2019 Last year’s still-high economic growth was primarily attributable to domestic factors
03/04/2019 Bank of Slovenia’s position on the bill for the Act on Judicial Relief Granted to Holders of Qualified Bank Credit The adoption of a legal solution that provides for effective judicial relief and transparent processes is in the Bank of Slovenia’s interest. In this light we are providing our opinion and our proposed amendments to the bill for the Act on Judicial Relief Granted to Holders of Qualified Bank Credit.
02/27/2019 Banks’ and savings banks’ payment services mostly rose in price last year; updated comparison of cost of payment service baskets The average compensation for inflow payments of legal entities increased the most (+25.00%), while the average compensation for internal small credit payments by natural persons by electronic bank decreased (–8.70%).
02/22/2019 Research on the availability of financial resources for enterprises in 2018 In cooperation with SID Banka, the Bank of Slovenia conducted a survey on the availability of financial resources for enterprises in four activities: industry, construction, trade and services.
02/18/2019 IMF Staff Report in the context of the 2018 Article IV consultation with Slovenia
02/05/2019 Fall in amount of counterfeit euro cash withdrawn from circulation
01/16/2019 Monthly report on bank performance, January 2019 The banking system generated a pre-tax profit of EUR 502 million over the first eleven months of last year.
01/16/2019 Economic and financial developments, January 2019 According to the available confidence and activity indicators, the economic situation in Slovenia was again relatively favourable in the final quarter of last year.
01/09/2019 Boštjan Vasle took up the position of Governor of the Bank of Slovenia As the fifth Governor of the Bank of Slovenia, he is taking over the position for a period of six years.
01/04/2019 Issuance of €500 banknotes to end Bank of Slovenia will end the issuance of €500 banknotes on 26 January 2019.
12/19/2018 Financial Stability Review, December 2018 The risks in the banking system in the second half of 2018 remained at the same level as in the first half of the year, while the risks increased on the real estate market on account of the high, long-lasting growth in real estate prices.
12/19/2018 Macroeconomic Projections for Slovenia, December 2018 Macroeconomic projections for Slovenia remain favourable. Real GDP growth is expected to be 4.2% this year, 3.4% in 2019, 3.0% in 2020 and 2.9% in 2021.
12/17/2018 Novinarska konferenca Banke Slovenije
12/14/2018 Report on External Statistics October 2018 Export to EU countries in first ten months of 2018 amounts 78% of total export. Compared to the same time frame of previous year total export increased by 11,0% (2.001 EUR million). (Publication is available in Slovene only.)
12/11/2018 Slovenia: Staff Concluding Statement of the 2018 Article IV Mission
12/07/2018 12th meeting of the National Payments Council The members of the National Payments Council (NPC) discussed and approved the NPC’s action plan for 2019 and 2020.
12/06/2018 Novinarska konferenca Banke Slovenije
11/30/2018 Launch of the Eurosystem’s pan-European solution for instant payments On 30 November 2018 the Eurosystem launched its new pan-European solution for instant payments, the TARGET Instant Payment Settlement or TIPS.
11/27/2018 Monthly report on bank performance, November 2018 The banking system generated a pre-tax profit of EUR 422 million over the first nine months of the year.
11/27/2018 Summary of macroeconomic developments, November 2018 Growth in the Slovenian economy remained relatively high in the third quarter, albeit with a sharp slowdown in the export sector in September.
11/05/2018 2018 stress tests
11/05/2018 Extension of the macroprudential recommendation to consumer loans With the aim of preventing the relaxation of credit standards and improving banks’ resilience, the Governing Board of the Bank of Slovenia has decided to expand the existing macroprudential recommendation for housing loans to consumer loans.
11/02/2018 New price comparison website for payment service fees
10/30/2018 Bank of Slovenia withdraws request for assessment of constitutionality of Bank of Slovenia Act
10/24/2018 New collector coins into circulation Coins will be issued to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
10/23/2018 Monthly report on bank performance, October 2018 In the first eight months of the year the banks generated a pre-tax profit of EUR 407 million.
10/22/2018 Economic and financial developments, October 2018 Although the risks in the international environment are increasing, international institutions have not yet lowered their global GDP growth forecasts for the medium term in a more substantial manner. It is a similar case for the euro area, where growth is expected to be stable, at around 2%.
10/19/2018 Bank of Slovenia co-organises European Banking Institute’s banking conference In conjunction with the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Law and the European Banking Institute, on 19 October 2018 the Bank of Slovenia organised a conference entitled What future for small commercial banks in Europe.
10/19/2018 4th International Conference of the ECBN: Cross-border aspects of macroprudential policy On 18 and 19 October 2018 the Bank of Slovenia organised and hosted the 4th international conference of the European Central Banking Network (ECBN), which was founded by the Bank of Slovenia and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). The conference was devoted to the cross-border aspects of macroprudential policy, and featured presentations by experts from 13 different central banks.
10/17/2018 Results of tender for designing drafts of occasional coins to be issued in 2019
10/15/2018 IMF calls on countries to carry out structural reforms and to strengthen resilience to future economic shocks Representatives of the IMF and the World Bank gathered at their annual meetings, this year held in Indonesia. Alongside representatives of the finance ministry, the Slovenian delegation included Primož Dolenc, the deputy-governor of the Bank of Slovenia, and Irena Vodopivec Jean, a vice-governor.
10/12/2018 Annual Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WB) will take place in Bali, Indonesia from 12 to 14 October 2018.
10/09/2018 Bank of Slovenia prizes awarded The Bank of Slovenia held presentation of prizes to students from Slovenian universities for the best master's and doctoral theses.
09/27/2018 11th meeting of the National Payments Council The focus of the discussion was the draft of the NPC’s action plan for 2019 and 2020.
09/26/2018 Netočne navedbe v članku Ima kandidat za guvernerja Banke Slovenije Dolenc umazano preteklost?, objavljenem 25. septembra 2018 na spletni strani demokracija.si
09/26/2018 Netočne navedbe v članku Prepričal naj bi ga na jahti, objavljenem 26. septembra 2018 v mediju Svet24
09/25/2018 Netočne navedbe v članku Kaj je Pahorjev kandidat za guvernerja počel na jahti srbskega tajkuna?, objavljenem 25. septembra 2018 na spletni strani www.siol.net
09/25/2018 Netočne navedbe v članku Ali predsednika Pahorja skrivnostna tožba MPZ zoper njegovega izbranca Dolenca nič ne vznemirja?, objavljenem 23. septembra 2018 na spletni strani skandal24.si
09/25/2018 Netočne navedbe v članku Ima kandidat za guvernerja Banke Slovenije Dolenc umazano preteklost?, objavljenem 25. septembra 2018 na spletni strani nova24tv.si
09/19/2018 Netočne navedbe v članku Kaj bo zdaj naredil Pahor? Bo za guvernerja res predlagal Bošnjaka, mešetarja, ki ni bil več primeren niti za Hypo?!, objavljenem 14. septembra 2018 na spletni strani pozareport.si
09/17/2018 ECB unveils new €100 and €200 banknotes New €100 and €200 banknotes to start circulating on 28 May 2019
08/29/2018 Summary of macroeconomic developments, August 2018 The slowdown in growth in foreign demand is already being reflected in a more moderate growth in industrial production, exports, and turnover in services related to merchandise trade.
08/28/2018 Monthly report on bank performance in August 2018 In the first half of the year the banks generated a pre-tax profit of EUR 232 million. It was 26% higher than in the same period of last year.
07/19/2018 Bank of Slovenia receives eleven reports of breaches via its reporting system
07/11/2018 Economic and financial developments, July 2018 Economic growth in the euro area slowed moderately, but the situation remained stable and favourable.
07/10/2018 Monthly report on bank performance in July 2018 The pre-tax profits of the banking system stood at EUR 251 million in Jan-May 2018, which is a fifth more as in the same period last year.
07/05/2018 Financial Stability Review, June 2018 The Governing Board of the Bank of Slovenia discussed the June 2018 Financial Stability Review
07/05/2018 Macroeconomic Projections for Slovenia Governing Board of the Bank of Slovenia discussed and approved the June 2018 Macroeconomic Projections for Slovenia.
07/03/2018 Novinarska konferenca Banke Slovenije Predstavitev publikaciji Napovedi makroekonomskih gibanj v Sloveniji, junij 2018 in Poročilo o finančni stabilnosti, junij 2018
06/15/2018 Clarification - crypto assets are neither currencies nor money Questions regarding payment with so called cryptocurrencies are again being raised in public. The Bank of Slovenia has thus prepared some additional clarifications. Virtual currencies, or, more accurately, cryptoassets, are neither currencies nor money.
06/13/2018 Bank of Slovenia draws attention to risks The Bank of Slovenia devotes a good deal of attention to the area of consumer credit, particularly given the growth in this area and the decline in credit standards.
06/13/2018 BS│EF Economics Seminar Banka Slovenije and the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana kindly invite you to the seminar Time-Varying Rational Expectations Models: An Application to the New Keynesian Model - Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 2 p.m., Great Hall, Banka Slovenije.
06/06/2018 Deputy Governor addressed the participants at the Banking Conference Deputy Governor addressed the participants at the Banking Conference
06/06/2018 BS│EF Economics Seminar Banka Slovenije and the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana kindly invite you to the seminar The Household Finance and Consumption Survey and Applications in Austria - Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 2 p.m., Great Hall, Banka Slovenije.
05/30/2018 Bank of Slovenia withdraws lawsuits In the assessment of the Bank of Slovenia, the withdrawal of legal remedies could contribute to the faster resolution of unresolved issues in police investigation procedures, and thereby to faster progress in the aforementioned procedures.
05/30/2018 Clarifications on the management of the SISBON system in connection with the GDPR The full entry into force of the GDPR has brought no changes to the management of the SISBON system and to data processing in the system
05/24/2018 Bank of Slovenia has already eliminated most of the deficiencies Primarily oriented to supervisory and misdemeanor procedures.
05/23/2018 Monthly information on banks performance in March 2018 The banking system generated a pre-tax profit of EUR 143 million in the first quarter of this year, similar to the same period last year.
05/22/2018 Summary of macroeconomic developments, May 2018 Global economic growth shows signs of slowdown. Economic growth in Slovenia also slowed slightly in the first quarter, but remained significantly stronger than in euro area.
05/22/2018 Bank of Slovenia receives eight reports of breaches via its reporting system
05/14/2018 Statement of Commitment to Foreign Exchange Global Code of Conduct All 29 ESCB central banks issued Statements of Commitment to the Code
05/10/2018 Bank of Slovenia adopts 2017 annual report The Bank of Slovenia generated a surplus of income over expenses in the amount of EUR 70.7 million in 2017. It will earmark EUR 17.7 million of last year’s surplus for the state budget.
05/08/2018 Commemorative coin, issued to mark the World bee day, into circulation Commemorative coin for 2 € into circulation on May 14 2018
05/07/2018 End of a temporary period for obtaining an LEI code A transitional arrangement of six months for obtaining an LEI code ends on 30 June 2018.
04/26/2018 Tender for public, anonymous competition for designing drafts of occasional coins Z izdajo spominskih kovancev se bo obeležila 100. obletnica ustanovitve Univerze v Ljubljani, z zbirateljskimi kovanci pa 100. obletnica priključitve Prekmurja k matični domovini.
04/20/2018 Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group The Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group is taking place in Washington, D.C. from 20 to 22 April 2018.
04/18/2018 Monthly information on banks performance Slovenian banks made profit in the first two months of year 2018.
04/17/2018 Economic and financial developments, April 2018 In the final quarter of last year, economic growth in Slovenia reached 6%, while the available figures suggest that growth remained elevated also in the first quarter of this year
04/12/2018 Invitation to a seminar You are cordially invited to a new BS seminar - Policy actions of macroprudential nature in Europe 1995-2014.
04/10/2018 Danièle Nouy addressed participants at International Conference in Ljubljana International Conference on Risk Appetite Framework in Banks is taking place in Ljubljana today
04/09/2018 Mala Galerija to be space for young creatives Prof Igor Papič, the dean of the University of Ljubljana, and Dr Boštjan Jazbec, the governor of the Bank of Slovenia, signed a memorandum of understanding as part of the Mala Galerija project.
04/06/2018 10th meeting of the National Payments Council 10th meeting of National Payments Council on 5 April 2018 discusses and approves its annual report for 2017
03/29/2018 Generation €uro Students’ Award
03/29/2018 Governor Boštjan Jazbec will resign on April 30
03/22/2018 Governor’s open letter to the President of the Republic of Slovenia The Governor of the Bank of Slovenia, Boštjan Jazbec, responded to today's statement by Dr. France Arhar, adviser to the President of the Republic, in the newspaper Delo
03/20/2018 Clarification: ban on card payment surcharging Questions are being raised in public with regard to the ban on surcharging for payments made with certain payment instruments in accordance with the new Payment Services, Electronic Money Issuance Services and Payment Systems Act.
03/20/2018 Press release Yesterday evening Boštjan Jazbec, the governor of the Bank of Slovenia, reported an offence of criminal threatening under the first and second paragraphs of Article 135 of the Criminal Code to the police department in Ljubljana.
03/15/2018 BS | EF seminar Banka Slovenije and Faculty of Economics kindly invite you to the BS│EF Economics Seminar Financial Expectations in Euro Area Markets on March 22, 2018.
03/08/2018 Monetary policy decisions At meeting the Governing Council of the ECB decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged.
03/06/2018 Virtual currencies - ESAs warn consumers The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) are warning consumers on the high risks of buying and/or holding so-called Virtual Currencies.
03/02/2018 Odgovor na članek v Mladini Junak trojke Ker je zapis Boruta Mekina z naslovom Junak trojke (Mladina, 23. 2. 2018) znova poln neresničnih, izrazito pristranskih in na delih nejasnih interpretacij avtorja o dejstvih v zvezi z bančno sanacijo, podajamo naslednja pojasnila.
02/15/2018 Analysis of compensation of banks and savings banks for payment services - 2017 Analysis of compensation of banks and savings banks for payment services includes 12 banks and 3 savings banks. With the publication the Bank of Slovenia makes it possible for payment service users to be informed and to decide on the choice of the payment service provider.
02/14/2018 Monthly information on banks performance The banks were profitable in 2017, and according to provisional figures generated a total pre-tax profit of EUR 441 million, up a fifth on the previous year.
02/14/2018 Conference on Completing the Banking Union, 14 February 2018 The Bank of Slovenia and the Representation of the European Commission in Slovenia successfully organized the Conference "The challenges of the completion of the Banking Union".
02/13/2018 Summary of macroeconomic developments, February 2018 In January, the economic sentiment remained extremely high, while the Bank of Slovenia’s short-term economic forecasting model suggests that GDP growth will remain high in the first quarter of this year forecasting of economic trends.
02/09/2018 Invitations - Seminar and Conference On Wednesday, February 14th, the Conference on Completing the Banking Union will be held at the Bank of Slovenia, and at the Faculty of Economics a seminar on Liquidity risk and the legal framework for financial stability regulation.
01/31/2018 Information on non-performing exposures - December 2017 At the end of 2017 the non-performing exposures amounted to EUR 2.53 billion (5.99% of all exsposures), which is EUR 966 million less than at the end of 2016.
01/30/2018 Press release - Gorenjska banka Bank of Slovenia can clarify that it is addressing all additional relevant information from the perspective of the assessment of the suitability of AIK banka as holder of a qualifying holding.
01/30/2018 Clarification: ban on card payment surcharging The ban on surcharging does not apply to withdrawals at ATMs or at bank counters.
01/25/2018 ECB: Monetary policy decisions At today’s meeting the Governing Council of the ECB decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged at 0.00%, 0.25% and -0.40% respectively.
01/22/2018 Financial Stability Review, January 2018 Income risk remains among the most significant risks, and is being maintained by the low interest rate environment. The rapid growth in prices on the real estate market demands careful monitoring.
01/18/2018 Questions and answers on virtual currencies What are virtual currencies? What questions should ask an individual who decides to purchase virtual currencies?
01/16/2018 Directive on payment services in the internal market (PSD2) introduces two new payment services Banks, savings banks and other payment service providers in the EU will be able to provide two new payment services, namely the payment initiation service and the account information service.
01/16/2018 Economic and financial developments, Januar 2018 A particular highlight is the record operating surplus in the corporate sector, which is continuing to allow firms to finance themselves with internal resources and is reducing the need for bank financing.
12/29/2017 Monthly Bulletin, December 2017 Monthly Bulletin is a main statistical publication of Banka Slovenije. Selected data from Table 1.5: Loans in EUR to domestic sectors was on 30 November 2017 EUR 24,940 mio (30 November 2016 EUR 23,796 mio).
12/22/2017 National Payments Council - vision for development of payment services market in Slovenia National Payments Council confirmed its vision of the development of the payment services market in Slovenia.
12/22/2017 Cooperation between the Bank of Slovenia and the University of Ljubljana Governor of the Bank of Slovenia Boštjan Jazbec and rector of the University of Ljubljana prof. dr. Igor Papič signed a letter of intent with which they committed themselves to permanent cooperation in the revitalization of the Mala galerija project.
12/19/2017 New macroeconomic projections for Slovenia The Bank of Slovenia has raised GDP growth forecasts. This year, it expects 4.7% GDP growth (June forecast: 3.5%) and 4.2% growth in the next year (June forecast: 3.1%), while by 2020 GDP growth is expected to gradually fall to 3, 4%.
12/15/2017 EBA publishes its standardised data templates as a step to reduce NPLs The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today data templates that will create the foundation for NPL transactions across the EU.
12/14/2017 Monetary policy decisions At today’s meeting the Governing Council of the ECB decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged.
12/12/2017 Information on non-performing exposures The total NPE of the banking system was reduced from EUR 8,9 billion to 3,1 billion from 31 December 2013 to 30 June 2017. Banka Slovenije and the European Institutions are continuing their activities, regarding NPE.
11/28/2017 Monthly information on bank performance, November 2017 The banking system’s pre-tax profit over the first nine months of the year stood at EUR 369 million (+10% y-o-y). Growth in loans to non-financial corporations is continuing to strengthen, despite the relatively low monthly net increases.
11/27/2017 Summary of macroeconomic developments, November 2017 Economic growth remains high in Slovenia, with accelerated export growth in the third quarter. There is strong economic activity in numerous segments of manufacturing.
11/24/2017 Direct investment 2016 The stock of inward FDI in Slovenia amounted to EUR 12.9 billion at the end of 2016, up 11.5% on the end of 2015.The stock of Slovenian outward FDI amounted to EUR 5.7 billion at the end of 2016.
11/16/2017 Joint Investment Conference The International Conference Unlocking the Investment Potential is held today in Ljubljana, organized jointly by the Bank of Slovenia, European Investment Bank and the European Commission Representation in Slovenia.
11/16/2017 Clarifications and response to media claims In light of questions in several media outlets in relation to “letters sent to Mario Draghi, the governor of the ECB, by Boštjan Jazbec, the governor of the Bank of Slovenia” (Siol, 15 November 2017), we can provide the clarifications.
11/15/2017 Report on Slovenia’s international economic relations In September 2017 gross debt amounted to EUR 43.2 billion, which is EUR 2.1 billion less than a year ago. (Publication is available in Slovene only).
11/06/2017 Banking Days 2017 Speech by Boštjan Jazbec, Governor of the Bank of Slovenia at the Slovenian Banking Days 2017, 6 November 2017
10/30/2017 Bank of Slovenia lodges a petition to review constitutionality The Bank of Slovenia Act (ZBS-1)
10/26/2017 Monthly Bulletin, October 2017 Monthly Bulletin is a main statistical publication of Banka Slovenije.
10/26/2017 The Governing Council of the ECB: Monetary policy decisions
10/25/2017 Odgovor na članek, objavljen na portalu Siol.net 21.10. 2017 Content is available in Slovene only.
10/18/2017 The Bank of Slovenia prizes The Bank of Slovenia held presentation of prizes to students from Slovenian universities for the best master's and doctoral theses.
10/13/2017 Annual Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group In the role of the Governor of the IMF's Board of Governors, Governor Boštjan Jazbec will attend the meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) in Washington.
10/12/2017 Economic and financial developments, October 2017 After several years of decline, in 2017 the banking lending in the corporate segment was revived. Companies primarily borrow long-term loans, which is beneficial in terms of financing investment.
10/12/2017 Summary of macroeconomic developments, Oct. 2017 GDP in the second quarter was up 1% on its pre-crisis peak, albeit with a significantly different structure and certain unexploited growth potentials.
10/10/2017 Monthly information on bank performance, October 2017 Growth in loans to the non-banking sector rose to 5.1% y-o-y in August.
10/09/2017 Financial Stability Board warning The Financial Stability Board is warning users of the risks to which they expose themselves if they purchase, store or invest in virtual currencies.
10/05/2017 Bank of Slovenia Working Papers Two nee Working Papers: Bank Response to Policy Related Changes in Capital Requirements and B. Banerjee, C. Dunnett, M. Lindič: Employment and wage adjustments during the crisis period: Evidence from Wage Dynamics Network (WDN) data for Slovenia.
09/29/2017 8th meeting of the National Payments Council The majority of the meeting was devoted to a discussion between the stakeholders in the Slovenian payments market on technologically conditioned innovations in financial services (Fintech).
09/21/2017 ECB Economic Bulletin, Issue 6 2017 The Economic Bulletin presents the economic and monetary information which forms the basis for the Governing Council's policy decisions.
09/19/2017 Monthly information on bank performance, September 2017 Publication available in Slovene only
09/14/2017 3rd Policy Research Conference: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Macroprudential Policies Evaluating the Effectiveness of Macroprudential Policies
09/14/2017 Ekonomski odnosi Slovenije s tujino - julij 2017 Publication available in Slovene only
09/08/2017 Objava izbranih finančnih kazalnikov o poslovanju nefinančnih podjetij Content is available in Slovene only.
09/01/2017 Mnenje Banke Slovenije o predlogu Zakona o Banki Slovenije - po vloženem amandmaju poslancev koalicije Content is available in Slovene only
08/30/2017 Monthly information on bank performance, August 201 Growth in loans to the non-banking sector increased to 4.9% in June, as a result of an increase in loans to households and non-financial corporations.
08/29/2017 Summary of macroeconomic developments, August 2017 Corporate confidence is high in all sectors, while consumers remain optimistic.
08/28/2017 Popravek navedb v članku Guverner Jazbec bi šel v Washington v Delu, 24. 8. 2017 Content is available in Slovene only
08/24/2017 Pojasnilo: Potencialna kandidatura za funkcijo predsednika Odbora guvernerjev v MDS in skupini SB Content is available in Slovene only
08/19/2017 Odgovor BS na članek Bo Gorenjsko banko prodajal kar Boštjan Jazbec v Delu, 17. 8. 2017 Content is available in Slovene only
08/14/2017 Odgovor na prispevek Banka Slovenije nad Antona Ropa v Delu 10. 8. 2017 Content is available in Slovene only
07/26/2017 Odgovor Banke Slovenije na članek Dvajsetmilijonski črni oblak v Delu, 25. 7. 2017 Content is available in Slovene only
07/19/2017 Press release - Monthly information on bank performance in May 2017
07/18/2017 Press release - Summary of Macroeconomic Developments, July 2017
07/18/2017 Mesečna informacija o poslovanju bank, julij 2017 Content is available in Slovene only
07/14/2017 Ekonomski odnosi Slovenije s tujino - junij 2017 Publication available in Slovene only.
06/14/2017 Financial Stability Review, June 2017
06/13/2017 Press release - New Macroeconomic Projection for Slovenia and Financial Stability Review June 2017
06/05/2017 Odprta razpisa Banke Slovenije za kadrovske štipendije ter za nagrade za magistrska in doktorska dela Content is available in Slovene only
05/25/2017 Press release - ESCB central banks welcome the publication of Foreign Exchange Global Code of Conduct
05/24/2017 Press release - Monthly information on bank performance in March 2017
05/23/2017 Summary of macroeconomic developments, May 2017
05/15/2017 IMF 2017 Article IV Consultation-Press Release, Staff Report, and Statement by the Executive Director for the Republic of Slovenia
05/10/2017 Sporočilo za javnost – Zbirateljski kovanci ob 100.obletnici Majniške deklaracije v prodajo in obtok 29. maja
05/04/2017 Press release – Bank of Slovenia will contribute EUR 43 million of its surplus from 2016 to the state budget
04/28/2017 Odgovor na članek v Bančnem vestniku Content is available in Slovene only
04/24/2017 Press release - Rethinking Monetary–Fiscal Policy Coordination
04/21/2017 Press release - Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group
04/21/2017 Obvestilo za javnost po 7. seji Nacionalnega sveta za plačila Content is available in Slovene only
04/14/2017 Odgovor na članka Sodobna kolaboracija in Banksterji v Mladini, 7. 4. 2017 Content is available in Slovene only
04/12/2017 Economic and Financial Developments, April 2017 and Summary of macroeconomic developments, April 2017
04/11/2017 Press release - New Economic and Financial Developments report and Monthly information on bank performance in February 2017
04/05/2017 Odziv na izjavo Združenja Frank Content is available in Slovene only
04/04/2017 Odgovor na članek Finančnica, ki si je nakopala vrsto zamer v Delu, 3. 4. 2017 Content is available in Slovene only
04/04/2017 Press release - New €50 enters circulation
03/28/2017 Press release - IMF-Slovenia: Staff Concluding Statement of the 2017 Article IV Mission
03/16/2017 Generation €uro – The winner is a team of the Škofijska klasična gimnazija Šentvid
03/14/2017 Press release - Handbook for Effective Management and Workout of micro, small and medium enterprise NPLs published
03/13/2017 Press release - Analysis of fees charged by banks and savings banks for payment services-2016
03/04/2017 Odziv na članek Slovenske banke so boljše od nemških v Delu 25. 2. 2017 Content is available in Slovene only
03/03/2017 Odziv na kolumno Samopohabljanje v Mladini 24. 2. 2017 Content is available in Slovene only
03/01/2017 Press release - President of the Deutsche Bundesbank give a speech at the Bank od Slovenia
02/21/2017 Press release - Summary of Macroeconomic Developments and Monthly information on bank performance in December 2016
02/10/2017 Odgovor na članek Guverner bo zaposlil ženo svojega podpornika v Delu Content is available in Slovene only
02/06/2017 Press release - Successful migration of the Slovenian environment to the TARGET2-Securities settlement platform
02/02/2017 Press release - ECB president Mario Draghi in Ljubljana, the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the euro in Slovenia
02/01/2017 Visit of the President of the ECB Maria Draghi to Ljubljana on Thursday, 2 February 2017
02/01/2017 Odgovor Okrožnega državnega tožilstva v Ljubljani - Kazenska ovadba zaradi suma kaznivega dejanja napada na informacijski sistem Content is available in Slovene only
01/31/2017 Sporočilo za javnost - Pojasnilo vloge Banke Slovenije pri prenosu nedonosnih terjatev bank na DUTB in določanju prenosne vrednosti Content is available in Slovene only
01/25/2017 Press release - A commemorative 2-euro coin
01/16/2017 Popravek navedb v člankih, objavljenih v časniku Delo 11. januarja 2017 Content is available in Slovene only
01/10/2017 Press release - Financial Stability Review and Economic and Financial Developments report
12/29/2016 Press release - Electronic system for the exchange of information regarding the indebtedness of private individuals and business entities will begin functioning on 3 January 2017
12/28/2016 Sporočilo za javnost - Menjava tolarskih kovancev tudi 3.1.2017
11/25/2016 Obvestilo za javnost po 6. seji Nacionalnega sveta za plačila
11/24/2016 Demanti navedb v članku na portalu pozareport.si 24.11.2016
11/24/2016 Objava celostnega seznama predpisov za področje nadzora
11/23/2016 Demanti navedb v članku na portalu pozareport.si 23.11.2016
11/22/2016 Press release - Summary of macroeconomic developments and Monthly information on bank performance
11/11/2016 Nagovor guvernerja na Dnevu slovenskih bančnikov
10/27/2016 Response to decision by Constitutional Court
10/19/2016 Press release: Banks’ non-performing exposures
10/17/2016 Odgovor na intervju z Alenko Žnidaršič Kranjc v Dnevniku
10/13/2016 Press release - Ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the Slovenian tolar, and presentation of awards for master’s and doctoral theses
10/11/2016 Press release - Economic and Financial Developments report and Monthly information on bank performance in August 2016
10/07/2016 Press release - Annual Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group
10/07/2016 Press release - 25 years since the introduction of the Slovenian tolar
09/23/2016 Sporočilo za javnost - Osnovni plačilni račun
09/20/2016 Pojasnilo razlike med ocenama kapitalskega primanjkljaja (pristopa top-down in bottom up) - Odziv na članek v Dnevniku
09/15/2016 Press release - Central Credit Register: key data
09/10/2016 Odziv na trditve Aljoše Tomaža v intervjuju v Sobotni prilogi Dela
09/06/2016 Press release - Announcing the introduction of macro-prudential instruments for the real estate market
09/05/2016 Demanti navedb dr. Križaniča v članku Tovarne delavcem! Ali spet?
08/30/2016 Press release - Monthly information on bank performance and the August 2016 Summary of macroeconomic developments
08/26/2016 Demanti navedb v članku Nedotakljivi v Mladini (št. 32, 12.8.2016)
08/25/2016 Press release - Bank of Slovenia files appeal
08/08/2016 Press release - Handover of minutes of the governor’s internal meetings
08/05/2016 Information for investors of Moja delnica BPH d. d. - Payments of guaranteed claims
07/29/2016 Odgovor na navedbe dr. Franceta Križaniča v Mladini
07/29/2016 Press release - EBA Stress Test results and Slovenian Banks test
07/29/2016 Sporočilo za javnost - Opozorilo glede spletne prevare
07/26/2016 Press release: Guaranteed claims to be repaid to investors in Moja delnica BPH in bankruptcy at NLB
07/19/2016 Press release - The Court of Justice of the EU - Bank of Slovenia positions confirmed
07/19/2016 Demanti navedb v članku Guverner Jazbec policiji ne bo več pomagal preiskovati bančne luknje (SiolNET, 19.7.2016)
07/13/2016 Bank of Slovenia’s response to publication of the answer sent by the State Prosecutor General to the President of the ECB
07/12/2016 "Demanti navedb v članku ""Ima guverner že svoj jazbexit?"" (Finance, 11. 7. 2016)"
07/12/2016 Press release - Economic and financial developments, July 2016; Summary of macroeconomic developments, July 2016
07/11/2016 Information for investors in the company Moja delnica BPH, d.d.
07/07/2016 Demanti izjave vodje specializiranega državnega tožilstva na novinarski konferenci 7.7.2016
07/06/2016 Press release - A pre-criminal investigation procedure in Bank of Slovenia
07/05/2016 Sporočilo za javnost - ECB je razkrila novi bankovec za 50 EUR
06/28/2016 Sporočilo za javnost - Čas objave tečajnic julija 2016 prestavljen
06/16/2016 Sporočilo za javnost - ECB: Evrosistem se pripravlja na uvedbo novega bankovca za 50 €
06/10/2016 Press release - 5. meeting of the National Payments Council
06/08/2016 Press release - New collector and commemorative coins on sale and in circulation on 20 June
06/07/2016 Press release - Macroeconomic Forecast for Slovenia and Financial Stability Review, June 2016
06/02/2016 Odziv Banke Slovenije na poročilo KPK Ocena stanja, maj 2016
05/24/2016 Pojasnilo o poplačilu imetnikov izbrisanih podrejenih obveznic v Italiji (Odgovor na članek v Financah, št. 84/2016)
05/24/2016 Press release - Latest Economic and financial developments and bank performance
05/19/2016 Sporočilo za javnost - Seminar BS-MDS Rethinking Monetary-Fiscal Policy Coordination
05/19/2016 Odziv na članek v tedniku Mladina, 13. maja 2016
05/16/2016 IMF Staff Report in the context of the 2016 Article IV consultation with Slovenia
05/04/2016 Press release - ECB ends production and issuance of €500 banknote
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