OECD Territorial Reviews: Slovenia 2011

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Despite its relatively small size, Slovenia is a good illustration of the potential of regional development policy. Its internal diversity, openness and experience of rapid structural change all reinforce the need for efficient reallocation of resources, while underscoring the need to take account of the potential positive and negative externalities associated with the shifting structure of economic activity.  

With 36% of the national territory falling under Natura 2000 protection, spatial planning is particularly challenging and yet also particularly important. Given the absence of a regional tier of government and the extreme fragmentation of the municipal level of authority, Slovenia needs to develop capacity at intermediate levels, to address policy problems that are best tackled at a scale in between the local and the national. 




The OECD Secretariat would like to thank the Slovenian authorities at the national and sub-national levels for their co-operation and support during the review process. Special thanks are given to Mr. Gorazd Jenko, Mr. PeterWostner, Mr. Igor Strmšnik and Ms. Zlata Ploštajner, from the Government Office for Local Self-Government and Regional Policy (GOSP), for the overall co-ordination of the project, as well as to the other experts from the Slovenian team. The OECD is also grateful to the authorities of Dolenjska and Bela Krajina, Gorenjska, Južnoprimorska and Pomurska for hosting on-site OECD study missions.


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