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Government discusses progress in Cohesion Policy implementation

Ljubljana, 10 May 2018 – Government takes note of the Report on the Implementation of the 2014-2020 European Cohesion Policy under the Investment in Growth and Jobs Goal in the Period January 2014 – March 2018. Slovenia has a total of over EUR 3 billion available by the end of 2023. The Report will be submitted to the National Assembly.
 
301 projects, programmes or calls for proposals worth a total of EUR 1.84 billion have been approved during the period in consideration, which represents 60 % of the available funding (EU part). Additionally, grant decisions in the amount EUR 38 million have also been issued by the managing authority, which altogether stands at EUR 1.88 billion in approved funding.
 
Contracts worth EUR 1.73 billion have been signed by the end of March 2018, which makes up 57 % of the foreseen contracts, while over EUR 414 million has been paid out from the national budget and under financial instruments, which accounts for 13 % of the available funding and 23 % of the approved funding respectively. Reimbursement claims totalling EUR 253 million were submitted to the Commission by Slovenian authorities by the end of 2017, i.e. 8 % of the available funding, while EUR 168 million was reimbursed from the EU budget. 
 
The Report provides an overview of implementation activities by individual priority axes of the Operational programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion policy in the Period 2014-2021, and identifies the challenges associated with the achievement of the performance framework by the end of 2018.
 
Slovenian authorities are actively working on information and communication measures – Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy is launching the EU Project, My Project campaign for the fourth consecutive year. A number of EU-funded projects will open their doors in more than 20 town and cities across Slovenia between 12 and 19 May.  
 
Full Report will be available on the dedicated website of the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy and at www.eu-skladi.si. The website provides an array of information about 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy, including the list of co-financed projects, open and upcoming calls for proposals, legislative framework and programming documents. The website also contains press releases and interpretations to make the information on EU Cohesion Policy consistent and to allow for its streamlined implementation.