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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. 

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Municipal Competencies in Slovenia

The Law on Local Self-governance divides municipal competences into original and transferred ones. Original competences include those which are set by municipal statutes and other acts and are a standard element of local self-governance (communal utility services, local public services, etc.) and local competences of public importance set by local legislation in municipalities. Transferred competences include those which the state transfers to municipalities to perform them on behalf of the state. The state must provide the required funding.

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