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Press Releases


Date   Title of a Press Release
17.11.2017   Press release - Clarifications and response to media claims
30.10.2017   Press release - Bank of Slovenia lodges a petition to review constitutionality
18.10.2017   Press release - Bank of Slovenia prizes awarded
13.10.2017   Press release - Annual Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group
12.10.2017   Press release - Release of Economic and Financial Developments, October 2017
10.10.2017   The Financial Stability Board press release - Warning with regard to purchasing, storing and investing in virtual currencies
10.10.2017   Press release - Monthly information on bank performance, October 2017
04.09.2017   Press release - Monthly information on bank performance, August 2017
20.07.2017   Press release - Monthly information on bank performance in May 2017
19.07.2017   Press release - Summary of Macroeconomic Developments, July 2017
16.06.2017   Press release - New Macroeconomic Projection for Slovenia and Financial Stability Review June 2017
25.05.2017   Press release - Monthly information on bank performance in March 2017
25.05.2017   Press release - ESCB central banks welcome the publication of Foreign Exchange Global Code of Conduct
04.05.2017   Press release – Bank of Slovenia will contribute EUR 43 million of its surplus from 2016 to the state budget
24.04.2017   Press release - Rethinking Monetary–Fiscal Policy Coordination
21.04.2017   Press release - Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group
13.04.2017   Press release - New Economic and Financial Developments report and Monthly information on bank performance in February 2017
04.04.2017   Press release - New €50 enters circulation
28.03.2017   Press release - IMF-Slovenia: Staff Concluding Statement of the 2017 Article IV Mission
14.03.2017   Press release - Analysis of fees charged by banks and savings banks for payment services-2016
14.03.2017   Press release - Handbook for Effective Management and Workout of micro, small and medium enterprise NPLs published
01.03.2017   Press release - President of the Deutsche Bundesbank give a speech at the Bank od Slovenia
22.02.2017   Press release - Summary of Macroeconomic Developments and Monthly information on bank performance in December 2016
07.02.2017   Press release - Successful migration of the Slovenian environment to the TARGET2-Securities settlement platform
02.02.2017   Press release - ECB president Mario Draghi in Ljubljana, the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the euro in Slovenia
26.01.2017   Press release - A commemorative 2-euro coin
11.01.2017   Press release - Financial Stability Review and Economic and Financial Developments report

The Financial Stability Board press release - Warning with regard to purchasing, storing and investing in virtual currencies

The Financial Stability Board press release:

Public interest in virtual currencies, particularly as a form of investment asset, has recently increased markedly. The Financial Stability Board (FSB), which consists of delegates from the Securities Market Agency, the Insurance Supervision Agency, the Bank of Slovenia and the Ministry of Finance, is therefore warning users of the risks to which they expose themselves if they purchase, store or invest in virtual currencies.

Virtual currencies, including cryptocurrencies, the most prominent of which is Bitcoin, are a form of unregulated digital representation of value that is neither issued nor backed by a central bank or a public authority. Because virtual currencies are not legal tender, their acceptability is rather limited, while the price volatility of virtual currencies means that their usefulness as a means of exchange is also limited. Stakeholders in virtual currency schemes that facilitate the purchase (e.g. trading platforms), storage (e.g. digital wallet providers) and trading of virtual currencies in Slovenia are not systemically regulated and supervised.

Crowdfunding by means of an initial coin offering (ICO) is becoming increasingly frequent, where purchases can most often be made with cryptocurrencies. This type of crowdfunding and project execution is most often based on blockchain technology, where the rights of holders of coin and the attributes of the latter generally differ greatly. The amount and credibility of information about the project, the process of crowdfunding via an ICO and the issuance of coin are also not regulated or supervised systemically.

Technological innovations, including blockchain technology, are welcome from the perspective of the development of the economy. Investors in virtual currencies and other forms of coin that are the subject of an ICO should nevertheless be aware of the specifics of this type of investment, and should weigh up whether the risks taken up align with their personal preferences and investment objectives. Even if a well-informed consumer decides in favour of such a transaction, it is recommended that the amount of funds invested should not constitute an excessive exposure.

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