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RIO Country Report Slovenia 2017

The R&I Observatory country report 2017 provides a brief analysis of the R&I system covering the economic context, main actors, funding trends & human resources, policies to address R&I challenges, and R&I in national and regional smart specialisation strategies. Data is from Eurostat, unless otherwise referenced and is correct as at January 2018. Data used from other international sources is also correct to that date. The report provides a state-of-play and analysis of the national level R&I system and its challenges, to support the European Semester.



Challenges for R&I policy-making in Slovenia

1. Ensuring the sustainability of R&D&I funding. The Research and Innovation Strategy of Slovenia planned a constant increase in the resources for R&D, in order to achieve the Europe 2020 target of 3% of R&D intensity. However, in 2016, GERD was at 2.0%, a decline from 2.58% achieved in 2013. Only a very slow increase of GBAORD is planned in the budget for 2017-2018.

2. Development of a well co-ordinated and transparent R&I governance. Slovenia lacks an effective governance structure for R&I due to weak coordination across responsible departments and collaborative links between major stakeholders in innovation policy. Yet, no change has been observed in this area except for the new coordination body for the implementation of RIS3.

3. Human resources in S&T. Slovenia has managed to increase the enrolment of youth in tertiary education significantly. With special measures to promote doctoral studies, the number of students engaged in them has increased too. With the diminishing public resources for R&D, Slovenia experienced a situation of a much larger outflow of PhDs than the research sector was able to absorb. This led to increased unemployment among the high-skilled, with some leaving to find jobs abroad and others accepting work below their qualifications level.

Smart specialisation

Slovenia adopted its Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3) in 2015. RIS3 identifies three priority areas: a) Digital, b) Circular and c) (S)Industry 4.0. Delays in the preparation of RIS3 have also resulted into a delay in implementation. Over the period 2016 – 2018, Slovenia plans to invest €1.9b through the Operational Programme in accordance with the thematic priorities of the Smart specialisation strategy (RIS3) (€1b on R&D&I, €0.8b on entrepreneurship and €0.05b on human resources).

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Official publication date
Monday, 26 March, 2018
National expert name
Maja Bucar, Andreja Jaklic
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