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Government adopts Slovenia's Development Strategy 2030 

Ljubljana, 7 December 2017 – Government of the Republic of Slovenia adopted Slovenia’s Development Strategy 2030 at today’s regular session. The document was drafted under the auspices of the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy, the Ministry of Finance and the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development in close cooperation with all government departments and the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia. At the beginning of the mandate the government set the design of the strategy as one of the priorities.


In the years of independence Slovenia has successfully achieved important goals; the country has joined some of the most important international integrations and became an active player in global efforts for peace and security, respect for human rights, cultural diversity, and rule of law. Global financial crisis showed that our system needed to be improved. Slovenia ranks considerably high in some areas, but needs to catch up with more developed countries in domains such as productivity, economy, demographic change adaptation and environmental protection. Because of changing conditions and the fact that the previous national development strategy was to expire, the government started an-all inclusive process of designing the future development strategy covering the period until 2030. After a demanding consultation process involving government departments, coalition, political parties, unions, Economic and Social Council, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, and representatives of both cohesion regions and others, the government took note of draft document. A public consultation was launched to invite the stakeholders and the public to comment on the draft between 12 October and 9 November. Social partners, citizens, civil society, experts and many others provided comments to further strengthen the draft.


Slovenia’s Development Strategy 2030 is a development framework which builds on the Vision of Slovenia and current state of the economy, the society and the environment; it takes into account the global challenges and trends, and is designed to incorporate the UN Sustainable Development Goals. First and foremost, the document is intended for policy makers who are responsible for delivering on it, while the outcomes are oriented on results that benefit and count to Slovenian citizens who are at the centre of the agenda – both at the level of individuals and at the level of society as a whole.


The overarching objective of the strategy is to pursue and achieve a high quality of life for all, which is defined by five strategic orientations:

•    Inclusive, healthy, safe and responsible society;  
•    Learning for and through life;
•    Highly productive economy that generates added value for all;
•    Well-preserved natural environment; 
•    High level of cooperation, competence and governance efficiency. 


The five strategic orientations underpinning the achievement of the overarching objective of the strategy will be pursued through actions in interlinked and interdependent areas which have been grouped around twelve development goals of the strategy. The goals serve as a starting point designing future priorities and measures of the government, regional policy makers, local communities and other stakeholders and include:

Goal 1: Healthy and active life  
Goal 2: Knowledge and skills for quality of life and work
Goal 3: Decent life for all
Goal 4: Culture and language as main factors of national identity
Goal 5: Economic stability
Goal 6: Competitive and socially responsible corporate and research sectors
Goal 7: Inclusive labour market and quality jobs
Goal 8: Low-carbon circular economy
Goal 9: Sustainable resource management  
Goal 10: Trustworthy legal system
Goal 11: Safe and globally responsible Slovenia
Goal 12: Efficient governance and high quality public service


The goals will only be achieved through a balanced economic, social, and environmental development where learning for and through life and effective governance system and cooperation play a key role. 


The strategy serves as a roadmap and identifies the key intervention areas where action should be taken to achieve a better quality of life for all. This means that future sector-specific development policies, programmes and actions will be designed to be in coherence with the strategy. As each of the development goals combines different sector-specific policy priorities under the responsibility of different ministries, this dictates the need for strengthening the effectiveness of inter-ministerial coordination and cooperation in order to successfully deliver the strategy. The policies and actions of each government department will be designed to facilitate and support the achievement of the goals of Slovenia’s Development Strategy 2030 which will be monitored and followed up by a set of 30 performance indicators with associated target values assigned to each of the twelve development goals.


Minister Alenka Smerkolj: ‘’I welcome this long-term development strategy which paves the way for Slovenia towards a better quality of life for all. By pinpointing the five strategic orientations and the twelve development goals we have proved that our action can be concrete and that working together brings us forward and helps break down silo mentalities. The identified performance indicators which will be used to track our progress towards delivering the strategy signal there is a bumpy road ahead of us. Yet, it is perfectly legitimate that the citizens have high expectations of all of us here who create policy, and of those to come after us; at the end of the day, we are the ones responsible for its delivery.  I sincerely believe Slovenia can move forward and progress, and that its scores in global balanced economic, social and environmental development rankings will be better than many of its counterparts’ by 2030. Only targeted investment in knowledge and competence, in a system that works well and is focused on achieving common goals will make sure that the strategy does not become a dead letter. I am sure we can deliver this strategy through effective governance, and by coming and working together.’’  


Slovenian Development Strategy 2030 in brief