STA, 13 April 2021 - The Finance Ministry has drafted a proposal to lower VAT on women's sanitary products from 22% to 9.5%, Finance Minister Andrej Šircelj said on Tuesday answering a question from an MP.
In her initiative, Bojana Muršič of the opposition Social Democrats (SD) says women's sanitary products in Slovenia are subject to the highest of the two VAT rates, while some other hygiene products for general use, such as cotton wool, gauze or nappies, are taxed at 9.5%.
She thus proposed a change to VAT implementation regulations to place women sanitary products among other hygiene products, as EU VAT rules allow for that.
Last month the opposition Left filed to parliament a bill to lower VAT on women's sanitary products to 5%, with the SD's youth and women's wings also supporting the idea.
The initiatives come after some EU member states have already reduced or are planning to reduce what is nicknamed the "tampon tax".