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Slovenian Development Strategy 2030

Slovenian Development Strategy 2030 is the new national development framework

Slovenian Development Strategy 2030, adopted by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia in December 2017, presents a new long-term national development framework. Its primary objective is titled “Slovenia, a country with a high quality of life for all.” With five strategic orientations and twelve interconnected development goals, it sets a new foundation for the future development of Slovenia. By including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the United Nations, Slovenia is recognizing the importance of a sustainable, inclusive and more conscious future where society as a whole can flourish.

Why new development strategy?

The changed development context of Slovenia after the financial and economic crisis, new global situation along with the global trends and challenges required preparation of the new, long term strategy for the country. Furthermore, period of previous national development framework set by 2005 – 2013 National development strategy expired.

While paving the development path towards well-being of all Slovenian residents defined in the Vision of Slovenia, we are aware of our global responsibility. Slovenian Development Strategy 2030, therefore, also pursues the global development goals of UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

High Quality of life and well-being for all

Primary objective of the Slovenian Development Strategy will be pursued through balanced economic, social and environmental development that generates the conditions and opportunities for present and future generations.

High quality of life for all Slovenian residents will manifest in:

  • better opportunities for work, education and creativity;
  • decent, safe and active life in the well - preserved natural environment;
  • active inclusion in democratic decision making and co-governing the society.

The country’s strategic orientations to achieve a high quality of life are:

inclusive, healthy, safe and responsible society,
learning for and through life,
highly productive economy that generates value added for all,
well - preserved natural environment and
high level of cooperation, competence and governance efficiency.

We will implement five strategic orientations for the attainment of the strategy's primary objective by operating on different mutually connected and interdependent (policy) areas that are covered in Strategy's twelve development goals. Each goal contains rationale of the goal's relevance, key guidelines that require further activities in order to attain the high quality of life for all, two to three core outcome indicators that represent desired outcomes in the area of each development goal, and link to the Sustainable Development Goals.


Implementation of the strategy

The Slovenian Development Strategy 2030 will serve as a basis for a comprehensive process of medium-term planning that entails how the priority tasks and actions are determined and validated. For their realization it is necessary that long-term sustainability of the public finances is ensured and – in that framework - the drawing up of the budget and budget implementation as well. Policies, actions and measures ought to contribute to the achievement of the goals of the Slovenian Development Strategy 2030. The goals constitute the basis for the designation of priority tasks and actions of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia, local authorities and other stakeholders. The attainment of the goals of the Slovenian Development Strategy 2030 will be monitored by 30 outcome indicators with set target values for each goal. Among these indicators, six are highlighted, as they will serve for the monitoring of strategic orientations.  

Experience shows that development planning, design of individual development documents and public finance system should be addressed equally and in an integrated way. The strategy’s delivery will therefore build on medium-term planning. To this end, a Four-Year National Development Programme and a Medium-term Fiscal Strategy will be prepared. The Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development will keep monitoring the progress towards the strategy’s objectives in its annual development reports.

Additionally, a special advisory body – Government Council for Development - will be set up to oversee the delivery and potential revision of the strategy. The council will include a range of stakeholders - representatives of social partners, private sector, civil society, professional institutions, and representatives of regional and local communities and the government.

Drafting of the Slovenian Development Strategy

Drafting of the new long-term strategy began during the summer of 2016. Nine topical debates on the individual contents were held in June 2016, in which more than 200 professionals and government officials participated. This was followed by a workshop in September 2016, at which a discussion was held about the first potential range of indicators for monitoring the Strategy. On the basis of the expert discussion, the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy together with the Ministry of Finance and the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development compiled the first draft of the strategic orientations and goals of the Slovenian Development Strategy 2030. In December 2016 and January 2017, all of the relevant government departments issued opinions on the enclosed document. An interactive conference was held in January 2017 at the level of key government officials, at which views were exchanged on the content of the individual goals and discussions were held about their mutual connections.

The contributions of the departments and participants served as an important basis for the further development of the Strategy. The connections between the individual areas were simultaneously determined through a survey which was sent to professional stakeholders in February 2017. Professional harmonisation was carried out in March and April, followed by the compiling of the first draft of the Strategy, which was sent to the departments for harmonisation in May 2017. Parallel discussions were held regarding the key performance indicators and the placement of sustainable development goals in the strategic document, and regarding the implementation and monitoring of the document. In cooperation with the OECD, an adapted long-term framework for assessing the impacts of the individual scenarios or agreed measures is being prepared, through which we will monitor the achieving of the Strategy’s goals.

On the basis of the discussions and the comments received, a second draft of the Strategy was drawn up, which included a proposal for the key performance indicators. The draft was sent to all government departments in July 2017 with a request for the determination of target values for the key performance indicators. After another thorough review of the Strategy together with the indicators and target values, the third draft of the Strategy was discussed on 22 September 2017 by the Permanent Interdepartmental Working Group for Development Planning, which approved the draft with various additional changes.

On 12 October 2017, the Slovenian government was briefed on the draft Slovenian Development Strategy 2030 and found that the materials were interdepartmentally consistent, and adopted a resolution that the document constitutes an appropriate basis for the commencement of public consultation. Public consultation on the draft Slovenian Development Strategy 2030 began on 12 October 2017 and ran through 9 November 2017. During this time, we received several contributions from various organisations and interested parties. In addition to the public consultation, several discussions were held with interested stakeholders, who wanted a more detailed presentation of the Strategy and a discussion of the draft document. After the public consultation, the draft Slovenian Development Strategy 2030 and a report on the consultation were drawn up. After a final round of interdepartmental harmonisation, the draft Strategy was discussed by the Slovenian government at its 159th regular session on 7 December 2017.