Monitoring the implementation of measures in the Single Document application

Through the web application called Single Document (a uniform set of measures for a better regulatory and business environment), the initiator can monitor the implementation of the adopted initiative, which has been transformed by a competent authority into a measure, in one place. 243 measures have currently been implemented.

The application represents the Government's commitments with specific definitions of measures, proposals for solutions, bearers and implementation deadlines. The application contains content, graphic and tabular views of each measure.

The initiator may obtain additional information on the responsiveness of each ministry in relation to measures in the area covered by the individual ministry.

The added value of the application is also provided by the search engine and statistics, with the help of which the initiator can combine the data he is interested in into an individual report.

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A measure titled »The reduction of the costs of tax enforcement« was realized by adopting a new rule on the implementation of the Tax Procedure Act (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 85/16), which falls under the responsibility of the Ministry of Finance. Changes affect business entities and citizens. The population consists of 189,483 recipients of tax enforcement decisions. Changes include:

• The costs for issuing a decision on tax enforcement to the debtor's cash receipts, his bank and savings bank accounts and receivables have decreased from 25 EUR to 10 EUR.
• The costs for the decision on tax enforcement to the debtor's materialized or dematerialized securities decreased from 25 EUR to 10 EUR.
• The costs for the decision on tax enforcement on the debtor's movable property decreased from 75 EUR to 50 EUR.

Due to the fact of the Rules amending the Rules on the Implementation of the Tax Procedure Act entering into force as of 1 January 2017, tax debtors (companies and natural persons) have been be relieved of payment of tax enforcement fees in the amount of 3,01 million EUR per year.

 

The aim of this measure is to unify the process of recognizing education acquired abroad through the online process of enrollment in higher education in the Republic of Slovenia (RS), thus achieving the following results:

• Better internationalization of Slovenian higher education,
• Simplified enrollment in higher education programs for students in Slovenia applying with education acquired abroad,
• Transition from paper form to electronic form for the recognition of education for the purpose of continuing education in the Republic of Slovenia, thus achieving the process of modernization and digitization,
• Reducing costs of the entire enrollment process for applicants with foreign education.

To this end, the »Rule on Forms, Documents and Expenses for the Valuation and Recognition of Education« was amended (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 103/11 and 91/15).

These changes affect people with education acquired abroad, who apply for enrollment in higher education programs (undergraduate and postgraduate studies) in the Republic of Slovenia and the process of recognition of the foreign educational process. The following changes were made:

• Reducing the cost of the entire enrollment procedure;
• Simplified study enrollment program for foreign students, studying in Slovenia;
• Transition from paper form to electronic form for the recognition of education for the purpose of continuing education in the Republic of Slovenia, thus helping the process of modernization and digitization.

Savings for citizens and public administration amount to 237.436 EUR per year.

The fundamental reason for the preparation and adoption of the Act on the Cross-Border Implementation of Services (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 10/17) is the transposition of Directive 2014/67 / EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on the implementation of Directive 96/71 / EC on posting of workers abroad in the framework of provision of services and amending Regulation (EU) No 1024/2012 on administrative cooperation through the Internal Market Information System (IMI Regulation) into the legal order of the Republic of Slovenia. The general aim of the Directive is to ensure respect for the rights of posted workers, ensure effective implementation of posting obligations and the cooperation of competent authorities in the Member States. From the point of view of content, the regulation pursues following fundamental objectives:

• Restriction of abuse of posting,
• Prevention of abuses and violations of posted workers’ rights and ensuring respect for more important provisions of labor law relating to workers' rights and
• Arrangements for the implementation of A1 with administrative simplification in a way that enables transition to be carried out from paper to electronic deposits through a support system for business entities.

Adoption of this act has ensured greater protection and social security of posted workers. Because of this administrative simplification, it is estimated that the costs of applications for employers and public administration will decrease in the amount of 1.9 million EUR per year.

Based on Articles 48 and 49 of the Adult Education Act (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 110/06), the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport published the Rules on the issuance of certificates with the European reference level of foreign language knowledge in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia (EVA 2016-3330-0045, published in LJ RS, No. 73/16) on November 9, 2016.

The purpose of the adoption of this regulation was to facilitate the process of obtaining certificates with the European reference level of foreign language knowledge. According to the then existing regulation, every individual who wanted to obtain the said certificate had to visit an organization that conducted language courses and, on the basis of the installation tests, was issued a certificate with the appropriate level of knowledge of a foreign language. The issued certificate serves as evidence of the level of knowledge of a foreign language, and the individual can attach it to job applications, etc.

The purpose of the Rules on the issuance of certificates with the European reference level of foreign language knowledge is to introduce the issueing of a certificate with the European reference level of foreign language knowledge and a replacement certificate with the European reference level of foreign language knowledge examinations, starting from their placement in the Common European Framework of Reference, carried out during high-school graduation exams and vocational qualifications examinations or publicly valid foreign language examinations for adults, as well as establish a record the of the certificates and replacement certificates, that were issued.

The certificates with the European reference level of foreign language knowledge, based on the regulation in question, are therefore automatically issued from the 2016/2017 school year onwards, in the framework of high-school graduation exams and vocational qualifications examinations. The National Examinations Center publishes on-line which foreign language exams are part of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Currently, the languages for which certificates are issued, are English, German, Italian, Spanish and French. By introducing the Rules on the issuance of certificates with the European reference level of foreign language knowledge, participants of high-school graduation exams and vocational qualifications examinations do not need to obtain certificates by themselves and at their own expense, because, provided that they achieve enough points at their foreign language skills exam, foreign language skills are posted on their graduation certificate, automatically and free of charge. Certificates are issued by the Republic Examination Center (RIC).

The changes affect mainly students who take part in high-school graduation exams and vocational qualifications examinations from the school year 2016/2017 onward, while at the same time certificates with the European reference level of foreign language knowledge will also be issued and sent by post to all former students who in the time period from 2014 to 2016 passed high-school graduation exams and vocational qualifications examinations that include exams in the knowledge of a foreign language from the minimum level required to obtain said certificate.

Based on the facts obtained, we estimate that the adoption of this regulation enabled the concerned population a total saving of 554.905,50 EUR. However, since the cost to be incurred by the RIC with issuing and shipping certificates to all former students who graduated in the time period from 2014 to 2016 amounts to circa 30.035,30 EUR, the total savings is estimated at 524.870,20 EUR.

Social security contributions include a contribution to pension and disability insurance, health insurance, unemployment insurance and a contribution to parental care that taxpayers are required to report monthly to the tax authority. These changes affect self-employed persons and associates. The changes make it possible to simplify the procedure for the payment of social security contributions for self-employed persons and members.

Until the end of 2016, taxpayers calculated monthly contributions in a balance sheet of social security contributions, which they submitted to the tax authority no later than by the 15th of the month for the previous month, in electronic form via services provided by e-Taxes system. Self-employed persons submitted their balance sheets of the contributions on the PODO OPSVZ form, while the shareholders sent in theirs on the PODO OPSVL form.

In February 2017, the Financial Administration of the Republic of Slovenia used the so-called delivering of the balance sheet of social security contributions (POPSV) to the e-Taxes system for the first time and also delivered the balance sheet of contributions for January 2017. The tax authority, on the basis of the data in its possession, creates POPSV for the taxpayers and delivers them into the e-Taxes system no later than the 10th of the month fort he previous month. For taxpayers who find the delivated data in the POPSV correct and complete, no additional activity related to the calculation of social security contributions is required.

The introduction of pre-filled balance sheets of social security contributions (POPSV) has led to a simplification of the process for the submission of social taxation to the e-Taxes system. For self-employed and business partners, it mainly represents time savings, while self-employed with standardized expenses also feel it as savings in the costs of accounting service, since it is almost no longer needed, since the introduction of POPSV accounting services.

Based on the measurements made, the total annual reduction of administrative burdens is estimated at 2.685.298,75 EUR.

Main objective of this measure is to establish a register of accommodation establishments in order to facilitate the implementation of the eTourism project, which will contribute to reducing administrative barriers of the hospitality industry. Solutions to improve the situation are based on better accessibility of all relevant information, combining similar data and reducing the number of reports required, eliminating reporting on the same issues to several authorities, optimizing the reporting frequency, and electronically supporting the reporting process, thus contributing to the achievement of the following objectives:

• more efficient operating,
• time saving,
• reducing costs,
• streamlining the functioning of public administration and
• better quality of information and data on preformance of business entities.

Based on identified problems that require action, such as:
• ineffective control over the implementation of obligations, associated with incomplete records of accommodation,
• administrative burdensome reporting obligations for accommodation establishments, and
• collecting and processing of the same data by various state bodies,

the main objectives pursued by this measure, are:


• the establishment of a single record of all accommodation establishments - the Register of accommodation (RNC),
• uniform reporting of all accommodation establishments, and
• administratively relieving reporters and recipients of these reports.

With amendments and supplements to the Hospitality Industry Act, legal basis for the register of accommodation establishments was created and is being managed by AJPES as an integral part of the project for simplifying reporting in relation to accommodation activities (e-Tourism).

All accommodation units must be entered in the register, thus obtaining a unique identification number. The register is public and access to data is free of charge. This means that for the first time, all the accommodation units will be fully included in one place, and the quality and up-to-date information on these facilities will be significantly improved.
The implementation of the e-Tourism system significantly contributes to the reduction of administrative barriers in the field of hospitality services, as it relieves business entities while contributing to the rationalization of the work of all data users, thus creating a more favorable business environment, ensuring a better quality of collected data and reducing the scope of gray economy.

Based on the measurements made, the total reduction of administrative burdens has been estimated at 1.250.942,39 EUR per year.