The ILO and Slovenia

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    About the ILO in Slovenia

    Labour shortage may interfere with strong growth


    After independence in 1991, Slovenia, unlike other countries of the region, embarked on a more gradual transition of the economic system. The main reasons for following such a strategy were the early introduction of some economic reforms in the end of the 1980s, when Slovenia was still part of Yugoslavia, the country’s relatively high level of development, and the rather easy separation from Yugoslavia when compared to other successor states. This relatively smooth transition enabled Slovenia to avoid major shocks and to benefit from steady growth. 

    Slovenia became the first former Yugoslav republic to obtain EU membership in 2004 and was the first new EU member state to join the Eurozone in 2007. While in the early 1990s, per capita income was 50 per cent of the EU average, it now reaches 91 per cent, the highest in Central and Eastern Europe.   Continue reading