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The Development Report is a document monitoring the implementation of the Slovenian Development Strategy. It is annually prepared by the  Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development and adopted by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. The 2018 Development Report presents the baselines for monitoring the realisation of the Slovenian Development Strategy 2030 (SDS), adopted by the government of the Republic of Slovenia on 7 December 2017. The basic structure of the report follows the following five strategic orientations defined in the SDS: (i) a highly productive economy that creates added value for all; (ii) learning for and through life; (iii) an inclusive, healthy, safe and responsible society; (iv) a well-preserved natural environment; and (v) high levels of cooperation, competence and governance efficiency. The SDS also determined twelve development goals in mutually connected and interdependent areas that are deemed essential for the implementation of the strategic orientations. The report tracks the implementation of each development goal within the strategic orientation (sub-sections of the report) with which the content of the goal is most strongly linked (see Slovenian Development Strategy 2030, Figure 6), although each individual goal can contribute to the implementation of several strategic orientations. The appendix to the report presents indicators for monitoring the implementation of the SDS in more detail.


Main findings of the 2018 Report:


·         Back on track to convergence with more developed Member States, Slovenia has been moving towards an inclusive society in the last few years; it has also reduced pressures on the environment.

·         In certain areas developments have deviated significantly from the principles of sustainable development and pose a risk to the achievement of the SDS’s primary objective.

·         To achieve the SDS’s central goal, it is essential to ensure more sustainable development by balancing its economic, social and environmental components. Priority measures of development policies should be focused on the following:

Ø  Acceleration of productivity growth.

Ø  Adjustment to demographic change.

Ø  Transition to a low-carbon circular economy.

Ø  Increase in the efficiency of the government and its institutions.


Overview of development baselines according to the strategic orientations of the SDS:


·         Slovenia lags significantly behind the EU average in terms of economic development, but its current economic conditions and prospects for short-term growth are good.


·         The level of educational attainment of Slovenia’s population is relatively high and rising, but not all knowledge and skills are sufficiently adjusted to the current or future needs of the economy and society.


·         Social inclusion and participation in society are relatively high, but improving the financial situation of older people and the health status of the population remains a challenge, particularly in light of demographic change.

·         The quality of life is increasingly affected by the ability to adapt to demographic change, which happens to be very intense in Slovenia.


·         The natural environment in Slovenia enables a high quality of life, but it is excessively burdened by economic activities.


·         The public sector is not sufficiently efficient, nor does it provide a supportive business environment, but the efficiency of the judicial system has improved.


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.

Two to three main performance indicators are defined for each of the development goals in the Strategy, with input and target values which represent the desired target values. In its annual development report, which includes a broad range of other development indicators in addition to the indicators defined in the Strategy for purposes of analysis, the  Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development monitors the achievement of the goals set out in the Slovenian Development Strategy. When feasible and where the data allow it, the indicators are monitored and analysed separately by sex, age group and statistical region.


The appendix to the 2018 Development Report presents indicators for monitoring the implementation of the SDS in more detail. Thirty performance indicators – for which the SDS set target values for 2030 – are complemented by indicators that provide a detailed overview of progress in individual areas. These represent the main analytical basis of the report, which is complemented by an overview of other data, studies and research reports particularly for those areas where no appropriate indicators for comparisons between countries or over time are available (for example because of their specific content).

The report uses data sources available as of 31 March 2018.


To illustrate the methodological approach, we add the list of indicators for strategic orientation 4 A preserved healthy natural environment:


A low-carbon circular economy

4.1 Resource productivity

4.2 Share of renewable energy sources in final energy consumption

4.3 Emission productivity

4.4 Energy efficiency

4.5 Modal split of transport

4.6 Waste

4.7 Environmental taxes







Sustainable natural resource management

4.8 Utilised agricultural area

4.9 Quality of watercourses

4.10 Ecological footprint

4.11 Air quality

4.12 Agricultural intensity

4.13 Intensity of tree felling

4.14 Functionally derelict areas





The full list(s) of indicators as identified by a study commissioned by Eurostat can be downloaded here:


This Country Profile has been last updated on: Monday, 25 February 2019

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