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Slovenia / Regional development / Promotion of Balanced Regional Development Act

SI10_SI0_Promotion of Balanced Regional Development Act_2011

Name of the country Slovenia
Sector Regional development
Name of the document (original) Zakon o spodbujanju skladnega regionalnega razvoja
Name of the document (English) Promotion of Balanced Regional Development Act
Administrative level National
Type of the document Legislation
Year of adoption 2011
Foreseen duration Unlimited
Sector Regional development
Territorial unit (NUTS/LAU) SI0
Authority Ministry of economic development and technology
Availability in English No
Legally binding Legally binding
SGI coverage SGI
Integration as a concept Yes
Integration elements
Actors
Policies
Adm. levels
Fin. sources
Others
Description Integration as a concept: The document defines the way of coordination between the state and the municipalities in the preparation of the regional policy and the implementation of the regional development tasks. The document also states that the development partners (municipalities, cooperatives, NGOs and other associations) shall collaborate in the pursuit of their development interests, and make decisions together in accordance with the principle of sustainable regional development. Actors: Municipalities, cooperatives, NGOs and other associations shall collaborate in the pursuit of their development interests. The government and the municipalities shell also cooperate to implement the provisions of this act. Policies: Integration of various objectives of different sectoral policies in the regional development plans Administrative levels: The document states that the “decision-makers at all territorial levels shall cooperate in accordance with the partnership principle in the implementation of this Act.”
Major objectives 1. Encouraging a balanced regional development of the countries’ development and cohesion regions
2. Laing down the legislative framework for the preparation of the regional development policy and the implementation of the development tasks
3. Setting demands for the cooperation of all governance levels, as well as development partners in the implementation of their regional development interests, which should be coherent with the principle of sustainable regional development
4. Regulating the preparation and implementation of the regional policy at national and regional level
5. Encouraging the “endogenous regional policy” which is part of a regional policy that is focused on the execution of the territorial development objectives and is implemented through the integration of the regions’ internal development initiatives, using a bottom-up approach (5/5)
Short Summary As stated, this law defines the way of coordination between the state and the municipalities in the preparation of the regional policy and the implementation of the regional development tasks, the activities and execution of the development tasks within the development region, and the regional policy measures.
The document also states that the development partners (municipalities, cooperatives, NGOs and other associations) shall collaborate in the pursuit of their development interests, and make decisions together in accordance with the principle of sustainable regional development. Furthermore, the “decision-makers at all territorial levels shall cooperate in accordance with the partnership principle in the implementation of this act.”
The basic functional unit of the regional development policy is a development region (NUTS 2), which joins the municipalities of common settlement, economic, infrastructural and natural systems, which form the basis for the cooperation of development partners. The development regions can be joined in the so called cohesion regions (NUTS 3), to implement the objectives of the EU cohesion policy.
Main objectives:
1. Encouraging a balanced regional development of the countries’ development and cohesion regions
2. Laing down the legislative framework for the preparation of the regional development policy and the implementation of the development tasks
3. Setting demands for the cooperation of all governance levels, as well as development partners in the implementation of their regional development interests, which should be coherent with the principle of sustainable regional development
4. Regulating the preparation and implementation of the regional policy at national and regional level
5. Encouraging the “endogenous regional policy” which is part of a regional policy that is focused on the execution of the territorial development objectives and is implemented through the integration of the regions’ internal development initiatives, using a bottom-up approach
The document does not specifically focus on SGI, however it is crucial for the implementation of regional development projects, which in majority one way or another include the services of general interest. It is also an important act for mountainous and remote regions, as it encourages a balanced development, in addition to suggesting and defining various forms of cooperation and networking among the government, regions and municipalities. Examples of such cooperation are “the local development partnership” which is a contract, public-private interest cooperation of development partners in a given area, “an agreement for the development of regions” which is a bilateral implementing act for the execution or the regional development programme in a way which determine the key regional and sectoral development projects to overcome the development and funding obstacles of the region, and “the regional development network” which is a form of contract cooperation of various development institutions for the execution of the development priorities.
Sectoral project of different ministries, where ministries and the regions cooperate, also have an important impact on the accomplishment of the regional development objectives. According to this act the government is also responsible for the management of actions of the local action groups related to the LEADER measures.
As stated in the document the development issues and the coordination of various development objectives are resolved through the “territorial development dialogues” of different territorial levels.
The projects for regional development are financed through the public fond for the encouragement of balanced regional and rural development.
Centralised/decentralised Not applicable
Governance model
Public services
Concession
Public-private partnership
Co-operative
Others Stakeholedrs cooperate on the "partnership principle",which is based on the local development partnership - an agreement for the development of regions, and the opration of the regional development network
Comments
Type of finance
EU
Federal/national
State/cantonal/provincial
Regional
Local
No sources available.
Stakeholders' list
Federal/national Government, ministries
State/provincial/departmental
Regional Develpoment regions (NUTS2), cohesion regions (NUTS3)
Inter-communal
Local Municipalities
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