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Slovenia Business Week no. 05: Amendments to Trade Act Enter into Force

The amendments to the trade act entered into force extending the scope of shops that are allowed to remain open on Sundays and bank holidays and raising the surface area of such shops to 200 sq. metres

The amendments to the trade act entered into force on Wednesday. 25 January extending the scope of shops that are allowed to remain open on Sundays and bank holidays and raising the surface area of such shops to 200 sq. metres.

After being vetoed by the upper chamber in late December, the parliament passed the amendments again in early January, expanding the list of exceptions to the Sunday shopping ban with shops in natural, cultural, historical and ski resorts, at pilgrimage sites and graveyards.

The list amends the exceptions as defined in the more restrictive original act which entered into force on 1 January and includes only shops located at petrol stations, city or town centres, marinas, camping sites, spas, hospitals, hotels, airports, border crossings, train and bus stations.

Meanwhile, shops selling essential goods can remain open up to ten Sundays a year, regardless of their size. The amendments also abolish the need for retailers to notify the local authorities about their opening hours.

Unhappy with the legislative changes, a Slovenian chain of convenience stores asked the Constitutional Court to review the latest amendments to the trade act in late December.

Wholesaler and retailer Emona Obala Koper, which operates the Noc in dan 24-hour convenience stores, believes the changes fail to take into consideration the specific nature of convenience stores and discriminate between shops.

Source: Slovene Press Agency STA

Author: STA