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RIO Country Report Slovenia 2016

The annual RIO Country Report offers an analysis of the R&I system in Slovenia, including relevant policies and funding, with particular focus on topics critical for EU policies. The report identifies the main challenges of the Slovenian research and innovation system and assesses the policy response.



Executive summary


  • —Slovenia’s real GDP continued increasing in 2015, with positive forecast for 2016 and 2017.
  • —The country had an upward trend in gross domestic expenditure in R&D until 2013, when it stalled and then dropped in 2015 to 2.21% of GDP.
  • —The Operational Programme earmarks €1b to instruments in the area of R&D&I, €0.8b to the promotion of entrepreneurship and €0.05b to human resources in the R&D&I area
  • —The government has published a first call to co-finance research programmes/projects under the Smart specialisation strategy in the spring of 2016 and more calls were published in the fall of 2016
  • —The preparation of the Law on Research and Innovation in line with the 2011 Research and Innovation Strategy of Slovenia is still an on-going process. However, it has been singled out as one of the main areas of policy activity for 2016/17.


Main R&I policy challenges

  • —Ensure the sustainability of R&D&I funding. Total R&D expenditure grew until 2013, but since then it stalled or decreased, mainly due to the reduction of the government's R&D budget and the end of the EU's programming period (2007-2013).
  • —Development of a well-co-ordinated and transparent R&I governance. A modern, transparent, well-coordinated and comprehensive national innovation system has been a challenge for Slovenia for a number of years. The 2011 Research and Innovation Strategy tried to overcome this, but most the measures planned have not yet been fully implemented.
  • —Improve the links between R&D&I investment and performance. Evidence suggests that in terms of productivity (innovation performance) Slovenia is below the EU average.

Main R&I policy developments in 2016

Whereas some major policy developments took place in precedent years, 2016 has mainly been about implementation, with the publication of the first calls of the Slovenian Smart Specialisation Strategy and the set-up of Strategic Research and Innovation Partnerships in the nine specialisation areas. 

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Official publication date
Monday, 8 May, 2017
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