The Slovenia Times

The Erased to Get Compensations



An EUR 50 lump sum for each month that an erased person was left without rights stemming from a lack of permanent residence is envisaged in the law, which is expected to amount to a total of EUR 130 million to be paid out by the state.

The compensation scheme was crafted in response to rulings by the Slovenian Constitutional Court and notably a 2012 ruling by the European Court of Human Rights in which Slovenia was directly ordered to set up a compensation scheme.

The compensation will be paid out only to those of the erased who have obtained permanent residence under legislation to correct the 1992 decision to delete them from the permanent resident registry or have asked to be granted residence under old legislation but were rejected.

This amounts to some 12,000 people out of a total of around 25,000 who were affected by the erasure, according to the Interior Ministry.

In addition to the allotted compensation, the act envisages that the erased will be entitled to the payment of health insurance by the state and priority treatment in social security programmes.

The beneficiaries with permanent residence permits also have the right to state scholarships and their status in the educational system is equalled to the status of Slovenian citizens.

They will moreover be able to seek restitution in court if they can prove that the damage caused to them exceeded the EUR 50 a month. In such instances, restitution will be capped at three times that offered by the state.

The erased and their representatives, some of whom have been turning to the European Court of Human Rights, believe that not enough is being done to right the wrongs of the erasure. They argue that the compensation is insufficient, claiming at least EUR 260 a month.


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