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REGION OF THE WEEK:

Slovenia

(20 September 2013)

Slovenia

Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn is in Slovenia today to talk to the Slovenian authorities about current implementation and future programming of Cohesion Policy. He will be meeting Slovene Prime Minister Alenka Bratušek, Slovenian Minister for Infrastructure and Spatial Planning Samo Omerzel, Slovene Minister of Economic Development and Technology Stanko Stepišnik and Members of the Slovene National Assembly. The Commissioner will be visiting EU funded projects as well.

What are the country's priorities and how is EU regional policy contributing?

Innovation, research & development being one important priority for the country, Slovenia has set up 8 EU-co financed Centres of Excellence for the period 2009-2013. The inter-disciplinary centres provide the research and development support to companies in innovative sectors like Biosensors, Instrumentation and Process Control (COBIC), Polymer Materials and Technologies (PoliMaT) and Biotechnology, Pharmacy and Physics of Matter (EN-FIST). The objective is topromote the transition to a low carbon society and low carbon economy.

Other areas where EU Regional policy funding is being invested include:

  • Support for entrepreneurship, particularly the development of small companies
  • Modernisation and construction of Slovenia's road and rail infrastructure
  • Development of tourism infrastructure
  • Waste and water management systems
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency
  • Job creation, social inclusion and equal opportunities

For the 2007-2013 period, Slovenia has been allocated more than €4 billion of Structural Funds and Cohesion Fund financing under the Convergence Objective. 

Between 2007 and 2010, more than 500 local development projects were supported, over 150 tourism infrastructure projects, 700 projects assisting Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to purchase technological equipment, and two projects supporting higher education infrastructure (Medicine faculty in Maribor and Politehnika Ljubljana) have been set up with EU co-financing. 52 km of new motorways were constructed and fifteen major environmental projects (water and waste management) are ongoing.

Slovenia has an open economy that relies heavily on external trade, particularly with other EU countries.  Slovenia is taking full advantage of European Territorial Cooperation by participating in several cross-border, transnational and interregional programmes with its neighbours.

 

Project examples

Better Observation for Better Environmental Response project – BOBER

EU contribution: € 27.7 million

In order to enhance flood security and improve drinking water, the operational system for forecasting the flow rates of the rivers in the Sava and Soča river basins has been set up as a part of the project 'Upgrading the system for monitoring and analysing the water environment in Slovenia' (BOBER). The upgrade will contribute greatly towards making the system more uniform and user-friendly, as well as simpler and clearer.

MIC Velenje – Energy training facility for teaching and development

EU contribution: € 2 million

The ‘MIC Velenje – Energy training facility for teaching and development’ project includes various sub-projects with the goal of utilising renewable energy sources and energy efficiency to run various forms of education and training. The energy training facility is intended to demonstrate, for teaching purposes, how green energy is acquired and to show the principle of sustainable development being put into practice.

Centre of Excellence for Polymer Materials and Technologies (PoliMaT)

EU contribution: €10.000.000

PoliMaT employs 84 researchers, of which 42 are from enterprises and 42 from research institutions. The aim of the center is to develop innovative and commercially successful productsin the sectors of technical products for advanced applications and energy, coatings and adhesives, renewable resources and health that are in line with a low-carbon society in the future. 

Centre of Excellence Biosensors, Instrumentation and Process Control (COBIC)

EU contribution: €10.000.000

COBIK is a private found research institution that employs 75 highly qualified researchers in natural and social sciences who work together to develop innovative application and products in the fields of bio-chemistry, bio-instrumentation, optics, new materials and advanced new cleaning processes in pharmacy. The Centre consists of six laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment.

 

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