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Almost EUR 20M in Compensation Granted to Erased So Far


Almost EUR 20m in compensation has so far been granted almost one year into the scheme.

According to State Secretary Boštjan Šefic, the ministry received a total of 6,561 applications by the end of May, granting compensation payments in 4,840 cases.

The compensation scheme for former Yugoslavia citizens who were deleted from Slovenia's permanent resident registry in 1992 took effect on 18 June 2014.

Šefic told the commission that a total of EUR 19.7m in compensation had been approved to the erased by the end of May, with the highest individual compensation amounting to EUR 13,050.

Slightly less than EUR 5m has been actually paid out to the claimants so far. The official explained that only a quarter of the granted amount had been paid out so far because damages were being paid out in instalments.

Compensation can be paid out in a maximum of five instalments; the first instalment, set at EUR 1,000, is paid out within a month after the compensation is granted, and the remaining instalments follow within a year.

Under the scheme, the erased are eligible to EUR 50 for every month they were without a permanent residence in Slovenia. The erased can challenge the compensation attributed to them in court, however the scheme caps the maximum figure at three times what they had been awarded by the state.

According to Šefic, only one court settlement has so far been made, in the amount of EUR 10,000. The ministry meanwhile expects that around 12,000 applications will be filed in total.

The procedures at administrative units are running smoothly and there are enough funds in the state budget for the payment of compensation, Šefic also told MPs.


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