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SI14_SI0_Rural Development Programme for the Republic of Slovenia_2014

Name of the country Slovenia
Sector Regional development
Name of the document (original) Program razvoja podeželja za obdobje 2014-2020
Name of the document (English) Rural Development Programme for the Republic of Slovenia 2014-2020
Administrative level National
Type of the document Programme
Year of adoption 2014
Foreseen duration 2020
Sector Regional development
Territorial unit (NUTS/LAU) SI0
Authority Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Agency for agricultural markets and rural development
Availability in English Yes
Legally binding Non-binding
SGI coverage SGI/telecomunication
Integration as a concept Yes
Integration elements
Actors
Policies
Adm. levels
Fin. sources
Others
Description Actors: The beneficiaries of the EU funding when establishing broadband are the municipalities (intermunicipal associations) with the co-investors. Public-private partnerships are formed.
Major objectives 1. “preserving and enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry – 29 % of farmland will be placed under funded contracts to improve biodiversity, with land also under contracts for improving water and soil management.
2. competitiveness of agri-sector and sustainable forestry – 3.4 % of farms will receive support for economic and environmental investments (including in greater resource efficiency)
3. social inclusion and local development in rural areas – 66 % of the population will be covered by local development strategies and nearly 600 jobs will be created “ (1/3)
Short Summary The Rural Development Programme (RDP) for Slovenia outlines Slovenia’s priorities for using the European funding available for the development of rural areas for the 7-year period 20014-2020, as Rural Development is the 2nd pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy. In general, the RDP states the conditions for the incentives entitlement, the amount of support for certain activity, the ways of obtaining the incentives, legislative background and risks related to the funding of specific development activities. The RDPs from member states are confirmed by the European Commission.

According to the European Commission’s Factsheet (2015) the RDP focuses on three priorities:
1. “preserving and enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry – 29 % of farmland will be placed under funded contracts to improve biodiversity, with land also under contracts for improving water and soil management.
2. competitiveness of agri-sector and sustainable forestry – 3.4 % of farms will receive support for economic and environmental investments (including in greater resource efficiency)
3. social inclusion and local development in rural areas – 66 % of the population will be covered by local development strategies and nearly 600 jobs will be created “

Out of the three listed priorities the last one “social inclusion and local development in rural areas” is most relevant for the SGI provision. In order to achieve the social inclusion and development, the RDP sets the following priority fields:
a) Promoting diversification, establishing and developing SMEs, and creating jobs
b) Fostering the local development of rural areas
c) Encouraging the accessibility to information communication technologies (ICT)

According to the RDP, these priorities are to be achieved by taking the measures like Development of farms and SMEs (measure M06), the aim of which measure is to create and develop non-agriculture activities in the rural areas, in order to enhance the local economy and create jobs. Financial support is available for young farmers, with the objectives to encourage young people to take over the farms and crate full time job for themselves, and non-agricultural activities development, which would boost the local economy, create permanent green jobs and contribute to social inclusion and security.

As stated in the RDP the measure named “the SGI and the renewal of villages (measure M07)” is also very important, however, when inspected in detail the measure only focuses on the provision of broadband in the rural areas. Other services or sectors are not specifically mentioned. The objective of the measure is to enable the access to ICT to the inhabitants, enterprises, offices etc. in rural areas, which will have a positive effect on the creation of jobs, social inclusion, and local economy, and will also contribute to the increased competitiveness of the countryside. The beneficiaries of the EU funding are the municipalities (intermunicipal associations) with the co-investors, therefore the public-private partnership, as well as the public procurement legislation must be considered.

The RDP also sets the LEADER programmes as one of the measures to boost local development and ensure social integration and equality.
Centralised/decentralised Not applicable
Governance model
Public services
Concession
Public-private partnership
Co-operative
Others
Comments
Type of finance
EU
Federal/national
State/cantonal/provincial
Regional
Local
No sources available.
Sources of finance
Private
Public
Stakeholders' list
Federal/national
State/provincial/departmental
Regional LAG(local action groups)
Inter-communal Intermunicipal associations
Local Municipalities, young farmers, SMEs
Stakeholder comment The programm only states how the EU funding can be obtained and for what purpose, it does not state how the stakeholedrs interact, except in the case of ICT where pubic-private partnerships are to be established
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