The Annual Growth Survey 2016 highlighted that investing in R&I at national level is critical for growth and that therefore Member States should continue to prioritise public investments in R&I, ensuring their efficiency and leverage with regard to business investment. Member States need to keep up the pace of reforms to ensure an investment-friendly environment. See more information about the European Semester.
The European Semester supports Member States' structural reforms in different policy areas to promote jobs, growth and investment. Research and innovation play a key role in this context. That is why the Commission gives recommendations to and closely work with the Member States to increase the performance of their national R&I systems.
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Improvements in the efficiency of R&D spending could help to increase productivity and potential growth. Although R&D investment as percentage of GDP is above the EU average, the efficiency of spending is low. This is due to the low performance of the public research system. In addition, Slovenia lacks an effective governance structure for R&I in view of weak coordination across responsible departments and collaborative links between major stakeholders in innovation policy. The implementation of policy reforms in line with the research and innovation strategy appears to be on hold. Moreover, the new Law on R&D is not yet in place.
Some initial steps have been taken to foster openness of the public research system and its cooperation with businesses. At the request of the Slovenian authorities, a specific support exercise will be conducted during 2017 under the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility which will be concluded in conceiving policy recommendations.