The implementation of the NSDS is monitored in the form of a Development
Report that is annually prepared by the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and
Development and adopted by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia as a
guideline for formulation of national economic and development policy. The Development Report 2008 contains findings regarding the implementation of strategic guidelines
of the initial NSDS period, and the recent Development Reports present an overview and an assessment of the implementation of the
strategy from its adoption up to the previous year, except in cases where the
latest data are only available for earlier years. The recent Reports also
comment on the implementation of the Europe 2020 goals (A European Strategy for
Smart, Sustainable, and Inclusive Growth), to which Slovenia committed itself
at the national level.
In 2013 and 2014 Reports, in interpreting the findings
it is also taken into account that the economic crisis has shifted Slovenia (as
well as the entire EU) away from a number of SDS objectives, which can
therefore no longer be achieved in the short term. The analysis and findings
thus primarily focus on developments since the outbreak of the crisis,
including in comparison with other countries and the most recent EU-level
The reports are divided into two parts: Part I presents an overview of
the NSDS implementation for the five main objectives; part II documents the
progress in detail by means of indicators of Slovenia's development.
Main findings of the 2012 Report:
- In recent years Slovenia has been moving away from
its strategic targets related to economic development and the welfare of the
population and there have been no substantive shifts towards a sustainable
reduction of the environmental burden.
- The setback in development is a result of structural
weaknesses of the economy and a significant deterioration in access to finance.
- Economic and social conditions call for sustainable fiscal
consolidation and laying sound foundations for a rebound of economic activity
that will be more resilient to shocks and will facilitate job creation.
Main findings of the 2014 Report:
- The year 2013
was marked by the implementation of some long-deferred structural reforms, as
well as positive changes in the area of competitiveness and the first signs of
- Despite changes
seen over the last year, Slovenia’s setback in economic development since the
beginning of the crisis is among the largest in the EU; the welfare of the
population has also decreased substantially, and the reduction of environmental
pressures continues to stem primarily from lower economic activity.
- In order to
revive economic growth and halt the decline in household welfare in the medium
term, more radical structural changes will be necessary.
The OECD Environmental Performance Review for Slovenia, concluded in 2012, examined Slovenia’s framework for sustainable
development and green growth, i.e.:
- How the country has used public and private
investment, supported by EU funds, to pursue environmental objectives.
- The use of economic instruments, the removal of fiscal
benefits, environmental fees and charges, and subsidies that encourage
environmentally friendly activities or reduce environmentally harmful impacts.
- Eco-innovation performance.
- Policies to encourage green corporate responsibility and
investment, and green public procurement.
The relating Chapter 1 Towards Green Growth reviews progress in the
period 2000-11. It also reviews progress with respect to the objectives of the
2001 OECD Environmental Strategy.
The overall assessment by the OECD EPR: “Despite
the inclusion of environmental issues in these documents (i.e., documents cited
in sections Basic information and Mechanisms of Horizontal Integration),
implementation of the SDS and the NDP has not effectively integrated
environmental considerations into economic development priorities. The main
constraint has been compartmentalisation of planning and implementation within
individual government agencies.”
This Country Profile has been last updated on: Monday, 25 February 2019
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