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                                                                                                                               Slovenian Economic Mirror, december 2009                            29
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Social protection expenditure                                                                        lower unemployment and a higher level of wages. In the
                                                                                                     EU-27, 26.2% of GDP was allocated for social protection
Social protection expenditure in Slovenia increased                                                  on average in 2007, 4.8 p.p. more than in Slovenia. The
somewhat in real terms in 2007, while it fell again as a                                             average share of social protection expenditure in the EU-
share of GDP, mainly as a result of rapid GDP growth.                                                2521 had been increasing from 2000, when it had totalled
Slovenia allocated EUR 7.381 m or 21.4% of GDP for                                                   26.5%, until 2003, while in 2004 it also started to decline.
social protection in 2007, which is 1.3 p.p. less than the                                           In 2000–2007, Slovenia was increasing its lag behind the
year before. Compared with 2006, social protection                                                   EU-25 in terms of social protection expenditure as a share
expenditure thus increased by slightly more than 1% in                                               of GDP. Being 2.3 p.p. behind the EU-25 in 2000, Slovenia
real terms and close to 5% in nominal terms. The share of                                            widened this gap to as much as 5 p.p. by 2007.
expenditure on social protection accounted for 24.2% of
GDP in 2000 and has been declining steadily since 2001.                                              In terms of expenditure on social protection in purchas-
The decline is attributable to a mix of various factors: GDP                                         ing power standards per capita, Slovenia retained its
growing faster than social protection receipts, changes                                              level of social protection expenditure compared with
in social protection schemes (such as pension reform),                                               the EU-25. Data on social protection expenditure in
as well as fast economic growth, which was reflected in
                                                                                                     Figure 42: Expenditure on social protection in PPS, in
Figure 41: Expenditure on social protection as a share of                                            EU-27, 2007
GDP in 2000–2007, Slovenia, EU-25, in %                                                                                        200
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