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Evaluation and Review


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 guidelines.

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 economic recovery.
  • 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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