By a decree in 2000, Slovenia has been divided into 12 statistical regions
(NUTS-3 level), which are grouped in two cohesion regions (NUTS-2 level). In
the field of regional development,
the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology is responsible for the
system and legislation in the field of harmonious regional development, preparation
of the national development programme and the coordination of the 12 regional
development programmes. Their mission is the promotion of sustainable
development in the widest sense of the word which activates the potentials of
the Slovenian regions and does not reduce the resources and development
potentials of the future generations.
The competences and tasks of local
authorities are determined by the Local Self-Government Act. Municipalities
have regulatory and management functions with respect to provision of
environmental services (e.g. water supply and sanitation, waste
collection and disposal, protection against noise).
Municipal communities may also adopt their own environmental protection
programmes, while larger urban communities are obliged to do so (The
Environmental Protection Act, 2006). In 2007, the Ministry for Environment and
Spatial Planning issued recommendations to the
local municipalities for preparation of their environmental protection
programmes. The document was designed in the participatory process.
In the Recommendations to the local municipalities in preparing local
programmes for environmental protection the use of indicators at three levels
The environmental indicators
The indicators for the operational goals
The indicators for monitoring the implementation of the measures.
Local Agenda 21: according to the survey conducted in 2010 by the NGO Union of
Environmental Movements of Slovenia (ZEG), almost 25 % of the participating local
communities (46) had adopted guidelines or a programme for implementation of
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