Slovenians who were fined for breaking Covid regulations during the height of the pandemic will be refunded.

It is estimated that nearly €6 million in fines were issued by the Slovenian authorities to about 60 000 people, for breaking pandemic regulations. However, this week legislation came into force to refund people who had been fined.

This was part of a campaign promise by Prime Minister Robert Golob, whose Freedom Movement was elected last year.

The country’s justice minister, Dominika Švarc Pipan, said that repaying the fines would help rebuild Slovenians’ trust in the rule of law, saying that it ‘was significantly undermined by the use of excessive and unconstitutional repression during the pandemic.’