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1. Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to political parties?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment

    It is prohibited for a Party to acquire funds from contributions of foreign private citizens, legal entities and natural persons, or from Party's property incomings from abroad, from bequests and gifts from abroad, or to acquire any funds or perform any services for a Party from abroad.‌

  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 21.

2. Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to candidates?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment
  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 21.

3. Is there a ban on corporate donations to political parties?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment

    Political parties may only receive private contributions from natural persons (donations or membership fees).

  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 22.

4. Is there a ban on corporate donations to candidates?
  • CodeNo
  • Comment

    Candidates may only receive private contributions from natural persons.

  • Source

    Elections and Referenda Campaign Act 2007, amended 2013, Article 14.

5. Is there a ban on donations from Trade Unions to political parties?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment
  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 22.

6. Is there a ban on donations from Trade Unions to candidates?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment
  • Source

    Elections and Referenda Campaign Act 2007, amended 2013, Article 14.

7. Is there a ban on anonymous donations to political parties?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment

    Donors always have to declare their identity. Cash payment is allowed for donations up to 50 Euro, but even in this case identicfication is required. Above 50 Euro, donations must be transferred via bank account

  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 22.

8. Is there a ban on anonymous donations to candidates?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment

    Donors always have to declare their identity. Cash payment is allowed for donations up to 50 Euro, but even in this case identicfication is required. Above 50 Euro, donations must be transferred via bank account

  • Source

    Elections and Referenda Campaign Act 2007, amended 2013, Article 14.

9. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with government contracts to political parties?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment

    Political parties may only receive private contributions from natural persons (donations or membership fees).

  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 22.

10. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with government contracts to candidates?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment

    Candidates may only receive private contributions from natural persons.

  • Source

    Elections and Referenda Campaign Act 2007, amended 2013, Article 14.

11. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with partial government ownership to political parties?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment

    Political parties may only receive private contributions from natural persons (donations or membership fees).

  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 22.

12. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with partial government ownership to candidates?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment

    Candidates may only receive private contributions from natural persons.

  • Source

    Elections and Referenda Campaign Act 2007, amended 2013, Article 14.

13. Is there a ban on the use of state resources in favour or against a political party or candidate?
  • CodeNo
  • Comment
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14. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during a non-election specific period?
  • CodeYes, for natural persons
  • Comment

    Contributions to individual natural persons referred to in this article may not be in total in the year for which the annual work report of parties, exceed ten times the average gross monthly wage per worker in the Republic of Slovenia by the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia for the previous year.

  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 22.

15. If there is a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during a non-election specific period, what is the limit?
  • Code 10 times the previous year's average monthly wage
  • Comment
  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 22.

16. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during an election?
  • CodeYes, for natural persons
  • Comment

    Contributions to individual natural persons in total for each of the electoral campaign should not exceed ten average gross monthly wage per worker in the Republic of Slovenia by the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia for the previous year.

  • Source

    Elections and Referenda Campaign Act 2007, amended 2013, Article 14.

17. If there is a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during an election, what is the limit?
  • Code Individual donations may not exceed the value of 10 times the previous year's average monthly wage
  • Comment
  • Source

    Elections and Referenda Campaign Act 2007, amended 2013, Article 14.

18. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a candidate?
  • CodeYes, for natural persons
  • Comment

    Contributions to individual natural persons referred to in this article may not be in total in the year for which the annual work report of parties, exceed ten times the average gross monthly wage per worker in the Republic of Slovenia by the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia for the previous year.

  • Source

    Elections and Referenda Campaign Act 2007, amended 2013, Article 14.

19. If there is a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a candidate, what is the limit?
  • Code 10 times the previous year's average monthly wage
  • Comment
  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 22.

20. Is there a limit on the amount a candidate can contribute to their own election campaign?
  • CodeNo
  • Comment
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21. Is there a limit on in-kind donations to political parties?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment

    Contributions to individual natural persons referred to in this article may not be in total in the year for which the annual work report of parties, exceed ten times the average gross monthly wage per worker in the Republic of Slovenia by the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia for the previous year.

    Applies also to in-kind donations.

  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 22.

22. Is there a limit on in-kind donations to candidates?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment

    Contributions to individual natural persons referred to in this article may not be in total in the year for which the annual work report of parties, exceed ten times the average gross monthly wage per worker in the Republic of Slovenia by the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia for the previous year.

    Applies also to in-kind donations.

  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 22.

23. Is there a ban on political parties engaging in commercial activities?
  • CodeNo
  • Comment
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24. Is there a ban on political parties taking loans in relation to election campaigns?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment

    Same limit as for donations from natural persons.

    10 times the previous year's average monthly wage.

  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 22.

25. Is there a ban on candidates taking loans in relation to election campaigns?
  • CodeNo
  • Comment
  • Source

    Elections and Referenda Campaign Act 2007, amended 2013, Article 14.

26. Is there a ban on donors to political parties/candidates participating in public tender/procurement processes?
  • CodeNo
  • Comment
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27. Are there provisions requiring donations to go through the banking system?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment

    The contributions of an individual natural person in cash in the year for which a party’s annual report is compiled may be a maximum of EUR 50, while higher contributions in cash may be paid through banks,...

  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 22.

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28. Are there provisions for direct public funding to political parties?
  • CodeYes, both regularly provided funding and in relation to campaigns
  • Comment
  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 23.

29. What are the eligibility criteria for political parties to receive public funding?
  • CodeShare of votes in previous election
  • Comment

    At least 1% of the votes in the country or at least 1.2% if the joint list belongs to two Parties, or at least 1.5% if the joint list belongs to three or more Parties.

  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 23.

30. What is the allocation calculation for political parties to receive public funding?
  • CodeEqual | Proportional to votes received
  • Comment

    The 25 %of the total amount is distributed equally amongst all parties entitled to receive state subsidies. The remaining 75% is divided in proportion to the number of votes received by parties nation-wide. Electoral reimbursement is calculated multipliyng 0.33 Euro per vote received.

  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 23.

31. What are the provisions on 'ear marking' direct public funding to political parties (how it should be used)?
  • CodeOngoing party activities
  • Comment

    Parties can obtain additional funds (up to the 50% of the subsidies received by the state) that have to be used for the assistance of parliamentary groups' activities.

    In addition to the funds referred to in Articles 23 and 26 of this Act, a party may obtain up to 50 per cent of funds from the national budget earmarked for the education of deputies, administrative and expert assistance in the work of deputy groups, and the organisation of deputy offices (hereinafter referred to as ‘earmarked funds'). A party may obtain earmarked funds from deputy groups and deputies who were elected to the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia from the same lists of candidates. To obtain earmarked funds, a party and the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia shall conclude an agreement.  A proposal for the conclusion of an agreement shall be made by the leader of a deputy group or deputy. An agreement shall be concluded following a negotiation procedure without prior publication, as stipulated by the law governing public procurement.

  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 21.

32. Are there provisions for free or subsidized access to media for political parties?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment

    Free broadcasting time is provided for the presentation of candidates by the national company of broadcasting

  • Source

    Elections and Referenda Campaign Act 2007, amended 2013, Article 6.

33. What criteria determine allocation for free or subsidized access to media for political parties?
  • CodeEqual
  • Comment

    Candidates, presidential candidates and parties are entitled to equal time during electoral campaigns. At least one third of the total time reserved by RTV Slovenia must be at the disposal for the political parties that are not represented in the National Assembly and in the European Parliament.

  • Source

    Elections and Referenda Campaign Act 2007, amended 2013, Article 6.

34. Are there provisions for free or subsidized access to media for candidates?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment

    Candidates are granted free access to media for presenting political programme.

  • Source

    Elections and Referenda Campaign Act 2007, amended 2013, Article 6.

35. Are there provisions for any other form of indirect public funding?
  • CodeSpace for campaign materials
  • Comment

    Local government bodies shall provide all campaigns with free advertising space (without charging tax).

  • Source

    Elections and Referenda Campaign Act 2007, amended 2013, Article 8.

36. Is the provision of direct public funding to political parties tied to gender equality among candidates?
  • CodeNo
  • Comment
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37. Are there provisions for other financial advantages to encourage gender equality in political parties?
  • CodeYes, funds earmarked for gender activities
  • Comment

    Women organizations can obtain state subsidies to finance activities and projects related to women empowerment.

  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 21.

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38. Is there a ban on vote buying?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment
  • Source

    Criminal code 2008. amended 2016, Article 151.

39. Are there limits on the amount a political party can spend?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment

    (1) The costs of elections campaign for elections into the National Assembly shall not exceed EUR 0.‌40 per eligible voter in the electoral district or in the electoral unit, where the list of candidates has been deposited or where an individual stands as a candidate.‌ (2) The costs of the elections campaign for elections to the European Parliament shall not exceed EUR 0.‌40 per eligible voter in the country.‌ (3) The costs of the elections campaign for elections of the President of the Republic shall not exceed EUR 0.‌25 per eligible voter in the country.‌ In case of repeated voting the expenses of elections campaign for the persons standing as candidates in that voting may be increased by further EUR 0.‌15 per eligible voter in the country.‌ (4) The costs of the elections campaign for elections into the representative body of the local community shall not exceed EUR 0.‌40 per eligible voter in the local community.‌ (5) The costs of the elections campaign for elections of the individually elected body of the local community shall not exceed EUR 0.‌25 per eligible voter in the local community.‌ In case of repeated voting the expenses of elections campaign for the persons standing as candidates in that voting may be increased by further EUR 0.‌15 per eligible voter in the local community.‌ (6) The costs of referendum campaign at the national level or at the local community level shall not exceed EUR 0.‌25 per eligible voter in the country or the local community.‌

  • Source

    Elections and Referenda Campaign Act 2007, amended 2013, Article 23.

40. If there are limits on the amount a political party can spend, what is the limit?
  • Code Limit is based on the number of eligible voters; exact limit depends on the type of election.
  • Comment
  • Source

    Elections and Referenda Campaign Act 2007, amended 2013, Article 23.

41. Are there limits on the amount a candidate can spend?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment

    Same limit as for political parties. Depends on the type of election.

  • Source

    Elections and Referenda Campaign Act 2007, amended 2013, Article 23.

42. If there are limits on the amount a candidate can spend, what is the limit?
  • Code Depends on the type of election.
  • Comment
  • Source

    Elections and Referenda Campaign Act 2007, amended 2013, Article 23.

43. Are there limits on the amount that third parties can spend on election campaign activities?
  • CodeNo
  • Comment
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44. Are there limits on traditional media advertising spending in relation to election campaigns?
  • CodeNo
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45. Are there limits on online media advertising spending in relation to election campaigns?
  • CodeNo
  • Comment
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46. Do any other restrictions on online media advertisement (beyond limits) exist?
  • CodeNo
  • Comment
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47. Do political parties have to report regularly on their finances?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment

    Parties report annually on previous year before 31 March to the Agency of the Republic of Slovenia Public Legal records and Related Services via the AJPES web portal.

  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 24.

48. Do political parties have to report on their election campaign finances?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment

    Within 15 days from the electoral contest political parties must present financial statements of account for election campaigns.

  • Source

    Elections and Referenda Campaign Act 2007, amended 2013, Article 18.

49. Do candidates have to report on their election campaign finances?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment

    Same as political parties, within 15 days after election.

  • Source

    Elections and Referenda Campaign Act 2007, amended 2013, Article 18.

50. Do third parties have to report on election campaign finances?
  • CodeNo
  • Comment
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51. Is information in reports from political parties and/or candidates to be made public?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment

    Published in AJPES.

  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 23; Elections and Referenda Campaign Act 2007, amended 2013, Article 21.

52. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates reveal the identity of donors?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment

    If the contributions of natural persons made in a year exceeds the average gross monthly salary, the donor must be disclosed  in the annual report with the amount of the total contribution.

  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 22.

53. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates include information on itemized income?
  • CodeNo
  • Comment
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54. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates include information on itemized spending?
  • CodeNo
  • Comment
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55. Which institution(s) receives financial reports from political parties and/or candidates?
  • CodeAuditing agency | Other
  • Comment

    Court of Audit and the 'Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Public Legal Records and Related Services' (AJPES)

  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 24a.

56. Which institution(s) is responsible for examining financial reports and/or investigating violations?
  • CodeYes, auditing agency | Yes, other
  • Comment

    Court of Audit and the Inspectorate of the Republic of Slovenia.

  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 24a.

57. What power is granted to the institution(s) responsible for examining reports and/or investigating violations?
  • CodeRefer for investigation | Carry out investigation | Request additional information from potential violator | Request additional information from others
  • Comment
  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 24a.

58. What sanctions are provided for political finance infractions?
  • CodeFines | Loss of public funding
  • Comment

    Fines up to 30,000 Euros.

  • Source

    Political Parties Act 1994, amended 2014, Article 24c, 28.

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