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SOCIAL AFFAIRS

 

Director General: Tanja Amon

Deputy Director General: Špela Isop 

 

Phone: +386 1 369 77 18

E.mail: tanja.amon(at)gov.si, spela.isop(at)gov.si 

 


The area of social assistance falls within the social security system and is based on social justice, solidarity and principles of equal access and freedom of choice of forms.  The fundamental premise of the measures in the area of social assistance is to ensure dignity and equal opportunities as well as to prevent social exclusion.

 

Basic outlines and mechanisms, encouraged by the ministry in the area of social development, can be defined as a policy of social development aiming at promoting equal opportunities and facilitating social participation based on investing in people and assessing all social security systems and measures tailored to the individual. Corrections of different fields of social security and the system itself will be focused on improving the position of socially weakest groups within the framework of general solidarity on the one hand and on setting up the systems of supplementary social security on the other. The development of public services will take account of the necessity for better access to services as well as a balanced regional accessibility, individualisation of services and elimination of monopolies in the provision of public services while ensuring a reasonable organisation.

 

A key prerequisite for Slovenia to function as a social state is a harmonious economic and social development. The social development strategy is guided by social policy as a set of objectives, measures and other instruments developed and implemented by the state with a view to ensuring that individuals and groups are able to satisfy personal and social interests and act as full and equal members of the society and state.

 

In a narrow sense, social policy is defined by the measures for ensuring individual’s social security. Social security follows professional principles, rules and activities enabling an individual to become and remain included in society and actively participate in it. For these purposes the state ensures pecuniary and social rights while an individual contributes through taxes and other compulsory levies.

 

Social security is a model of broad state measures in different areas aiming at providing social security and includes health, labour law, housing, educational and other aspects and is a concept superior to social assistance which is defined by types of services and pecuniary benefits provided to groups and individuals with insufficient subsistence means.

 

In the Republic of Slovenia, social security is defined as an individual’s right to be insured against the following contingencies: illness, unemployment, old age, injury at work, disability, maternity, maintenance of children and benefits to family members after the person who provided for the subsistence dies, and rights regulated by the Social Assistance Act. Pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia, the state must regulate compulsory health, pension, disability and other social insurance, and ensure its proper functioning. At the same time, it must protect the family, motherhood, fatherhood, children and young people and create the necessary conditions for such protection.