This OECD Pension Review provides an assessment of Slovenia’s retirement income provision from an international perspective and focuses on the capacity of the pension system to deliver adequate retirement income in a financially sustainable way. The review highlights OECD best practices for the design of pensions by covering all components of pension systems: safety nets, public pensions and private funded plans. The analysis is based on both OECD flagship pension publications, Pensions at a Glance and Pensions Outlook, and country-specific sources and research. This Pension Review was written in the context of a technical support project financed by the European Union through the Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP) and implemented by the OECD in co-operation with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM).

The report was prepared by a team of pension analysts from the OECD’s Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs and the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs and the Economics Department: Pablo Antolin, Hervé Boulhol, Wouter De Tavernier, Elsa Favre-Baron, Diana Hourani and Maciej Lis. Editorial assistance was provided by Lucy Hulett.

The OECD is very grateful to numerous public officials at the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities (MDDSZ), particularly Mateja Ribič (State Secretary), Katja Rihar Bajuk (Director General), Danijel Kovac (Head of Division), Gonzalo Carlos Caprirolo Cattoretti, Janja Kaker Kavar, Nuša Kerč, Klavdija Mihelj Korenika and Liza Sitar, as well as to Franci Klužer (Director, Ministry of Finance), Andraž Rangus (Director, Pension Disability Insurance Institute, ZPIZ), Boris Majcen and Jože Sambt (Institute for Economic Research) and Tilen Božič (former State Secretary). The report benefited greatly from discussions with a wide range of experts and officials during both the OECD missions – in Ljubljana and virtually – and the Workshop “Improving the pension system is Slovenia” co-organised by the EC, the OECD and MDDSZ in June 2021. The OECD is very thankful to Marc Vothknecht (Head of sector, DG REFORM, EC) for his guidance and invaluable inputs over the whole process.

The authors are also grateful to Stefano Scarpetta (ELS Director), Mark Pearson (ELS Deputy Director), Monika Queisser (ELS Head of Social Policy Division), Andrew Reilly (ELS Pension Analyst), Jessica Mosher (DAF Policy Analyst) and Delegates of the OECD Working Party on Social Policy for their useful comments.

This review is published with the financial assistance of the European Commission. The opinions expressed and arguments employed herein should not be taken to reflect the official views of the European Commission or the Government of Slovenia.

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