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Development Strategy 2030, with its primary objective of “Slovenia, a country with
a high quality of life for all” and its twelve development goals is the
country’s core development framework, and is supported by sectoral strategies,
regional and municipal strategies and programmes and operational measures.
implementation, the Structural Funds/Cohesion Funds were already in the past
decade the main focus of Slovenia. In this context, SD was addressed in
regional development programmes. Regional bodies are involved in this process,
mainly in cohesion fund programming.
context of the implementation of the SDS 2030, it will also be necessary to
strengthen multi-level management mechanisms in order to ensure more harmonised
regional development, where spatial planning is one of the most important
levers for achieving development synergies.
between the objectives of the SDS 2030 and the regional programmes is fostered
by a coordination mechanism in the Regional
Development Directorate within the
Economic Development and Technology that coordinates multi-level
governance issues with national bodies and the Regional Development Councils. In the field of regional development, with the vision
of realizing regionalism, it, in the given conditions, realises the set
strategic objectives and forms regional policy of the Government of the
Republic of Slovenia; this also includes the promotion of sustainable
development in its widest sense which activates the potentials in the Slovenian
regions by not reducing the sources and opportunities for the development of
future generations, and promotion of regional development of border areas and
strengthening cross-border cooperation in the framework of the European
territorial cooperation (ETC) programmes and the Instrument for Pre-Accession
Assistance (IPA). 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 (for 12 statistical
regions, NUTS-3 level).
According to the OECD Environmental Performance Review
for Slovenia, the considerable autonomy enjoyed by municipalities, and the
absence of regional administrative level, have resulted in an important
environmental governance gap between national and local levels. Therefore one
of the Review’s key recommendations was to strengthen the oversight by the
responsible Ministry of local spatial planning, and provide incentives for
municipalities to develop joint regional spatial plans.
for the drafting of the Slovenian Development Strategy 2030 were the overviews
changes, trends and forecasts published by the Organization for Economic
Development (OECD), the European Commission, the World Bank and other relevant institutions,
and an analysis of Slovenia’s development baselines.
active in the process of implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the EU level.
Slovenia is involved, along with other countries,
in three macro-regional strategies that are all oriented towards sustainable
development: EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), EU Strategy for the
Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR), and EU Strategy for the Alpine Region
This Country Profile has been last updated on: Monday, 25 February 2019
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