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Partnership agreement EC – Slovenia 2021 – 2027

The Partnership Agreement between the European Commission and Slovenia covers funding through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund+ (ESF+), the Cohesion Fund, the Just Transition Fund (JTF) and the European Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF). In total, under the Cohesion Policy Slovenia will benefit from the EU 3.26 billion euros between 2021-2027. From that, 2.3 billion euros will be under the ERDF and 976 million from the ESF+. 

The Partnership agreement follows the five policy objectives of the 2021-2027 EU cohesion policy:

  • A more competitive and smarter Europe (PO 1)
  • A greener, low carbon transitioning towards a net zero carbon economy (PO 2)
  • A more connected Europe by enhancing mobility (PO 3)
  • A more social and inclusive Europe (PO 4)
  • Europe closer to citizens by fostering the sustainable and integrated development of all types of territories (PO 5)

1. Policy objectives relevant to social services and their brief justification

Policy Objective 4:  A more social and inclusive Europe implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights

To achieve the objectives of the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan and Slovenia’s 2030 national targets, the following action points will be taken:

  • Implementing measures primarily on reducing the long-term unemployment rate and with a view to prolonging working life. Using ESF+ resources, the focus is on finding measures on putting in place an inclusive and responsive labour market.
  • Active employment policy measures will be targeted at mitigating the impact of crises and reducing structural disparities. They will also focus on the functioning and integration of labour market institutions and the modernisation of their services. 
  • Closing the gap on the labour market by focusing on raising the competencies and skills of jobseekers and employees and supporting access to employment. 
  • ESF+ resources will be used to support the acquisition of knowledge and skills that are key to an individual’s success in society, adapted to the future of work and to global changes. 
  • Promoting adult education and greater participation in lifelong learning, paying particular attention to vulnerable groups such as older people, including the over-65s, the low-skilled and less qualified, etc. 
  • Organizational changes will be invested in and access to inclusive and high-quality education will be improved. In line with the needs, funding will be allocated in both cohesion regions, with a slightly higher intensity in the ESCR.
  • With the help of ESF+ resources measures will be adopted to improve social inclusion and improve the employment opportunities of vulnerable groups, especially the long-term unemployed.
  • Supporting social inclusion and social activation programs to make it easier for those who are inactive or who have been unemployed for a prolonged period. 
  • Measures to develop and provide social care services and community-based services. This will require the continuation of the deinstitutionalisation process and the consolidation of long-term care services. 
  • Integrating provision, protection, and promotion, and integrate treatment and addiction prevention programmes. 
  • Improving the health of the population and reduce health inequalities, providing organisational and substantive upgrades to primary care by integrating prevention activities, facilitating access to emergency medical assistance. 
  • All actions aimed at investing in social and health care infrastructure under any policy objective will be planned in accordance with needs assessments and will be based on a mapping of services and infrastructures.

Policy Objective 5: A Europe closer to citizens by fostering sustainable and integrated development of urban, rural and coastal areas and local initiatives.

Slovenia’s objective is to continue to promote endogenous potentials to reduce development disparities. ERDF resources will be allocated to building an inclusive society and to the further comprehensive socio-economic development of urban and rural areas, with particular attention to be paid to reducing the gap between socio-economically disadvantaged people and areas.

2. Distribution/breakdown of funds in national/regional programs. Coordination between national and regional programs.

In relation to the implementation of the Partnership Agreement in Slovenia, there will be coordination, demarcation, and complementarity between the ERDF, ESF+, CF, JTF and EMFAF, as well as coordination between national programmes:

  1. ECP 2021–2027 programme (source: ERDF, ESF+, CF, JTF); 
  2. Programme to Eliminate Material Deprivation in Slovenia 2021–2027 (source: ESF+) 
  3. Maritime and Fisheries and Aquaculture Programme (source: EMFAF)

This will be based on a centralised approach provided by the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy (SVRK). The SVRK is the managing authority of the ECP 2021–2027 programme, which will be financed by the Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund with the aim of achieving the Objective for Growth and Jobs. The SVRK is also the managing authority for three European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) programmes (SI-AT, SI-HU, SI-HR), the national authority for 11 ETC programmes and the national coordinator of all 13 ETC programmes in which Slovenia participates — four cross-border (SI-AT, SI-HU, SI-HR and IT-SI), five transnational (Alps, Central Europe, Danube, IPA ADRION, Euro-MED) and four inter-regional (Interreg Europe, Interact, ESPON, URBACT).

3. Thematic concentration

Member State complies with thematic concentration requirement 31.59% social inclusion
Programmed under specific objectives (h)–(l) of Article 4 ESF+ Regulation
Planned ESF+ programmes.
1 ECP programme 2021–2027
4.42% support to the most deprived
Programmed under specific objective (m) and in duly justified cases (l) of Article 4 ESF+ Regulation
Planned ESF+ programmes:
1 ECP programme 2021–2027
2 Programme to Eliminate Material Deprivation in Slovenia 2021–2027 (specific objective m).
… % support to youth employment
Programmed under specific objectives (a), (f) and (l) of Article 4 ESF+ Regulation.
Not applicable to Slovenia.
Planned ESF+ programmes:
1 ECP programme 2021–2027
  …% support to tackling child poverty.
Programmed under specific objectives (f), (h)–(l) of Article 4 ESF+ Regulation.
Not applicable to Slovenia.
Planned ESF+ programmes:
1 ECP programme 2021–2027
1.8% capacity building of social partners and NGOs
Programmed under all specific objectives except (m) of Article 4 ESF+ Regulation.
Planned ESF+ programmes:
1 ECP programme 2021–2027

4. Preliminary financial allocation from each fund covered by the Partnership Agreement, by policy objective, JTF-specific objective and technical assistance, at national and where appropriate regional level

Policy objectives, JTF-specific objectives, or technical assistance ERDF Cohesion Fund allocation at national level JTF ESF+ EMFAF allocation at national level Total
Allocation at national level Category of region Allocation by category of region Allocation at national level Article 3 JTF resources Article 4 JTF resourcesAllocation at national level Category of region Allocation by category of region
Policy Objective 1 More developed                              241,306,488 More developed            727,173,813  
Less developed                       485,867,325 Less developed
Policy Objective 2 More developed                                      111,714,305            295,533,041 More developed               13,678,134             806,712,567  
Less developed            385,787,087 Less developed
Policy Objective 3 More developed            405,142,679 More developed            511,031,159  
Less developed            105,888,480 Less developed
Policy Objective 4 More developed More developed            153,307,283             769,326,617  
Less developed            129,891,813 Less developed            486,197,521
Policy Objective 5 More developed               17,627,973 More developed                  8,897,000               94,127,785  
Less developed               67,602,812 Less developed
JTF-specific objective            248,773,600            108,931,414            139,842,186            248,773,600  
Technical assistance pursuant to Article 36(5) CPR More developed               12,972,706               17,516,893                9,950,943 More developed                  6,244,291                  1,354,507            108,871,553  
Less developed               41,126,313                  4,357,256                  5,593,687 Less developed                19,615,900
Total More developed            383,621,472            718,192,613            258,724,543 More developed            159,551,574               23,929,641        3,265,997,094  
Less developed        1,216,163,830 Less developed            505,813,421
Total            1,599,785,302              718,192,613              258,724,543                      665,364,995                23,929,641          3,265,997,094  

5. Existing and future initiatives aimed at facilitating access to EU funds

For the implementation of EU cohesion policy 2021–2027, the area of governance quality will be addressed in more detail under the specific ‘Strengthening Good Governance and Administrative Capacity for Cohesion Policy 2021–2027’ roadmap. As a parallel document to the Partnership Agreement, the roadmap arises from the Commission’s practical ‘Roadmaps for Administrative Capacity Building’ toolbox, which is based on the lessons learned from the pilot action on maximum administrative capacity building. In future, technical assistance resources will, where relevant, be engaged in the form of a flat rate and will focus primarily on the education and training of entities performing management and control tasks, entities, and other actors to which the performance and control bodies have delegated tasks, and other entities involved in the implementation of European cohesion policy with a view to effective and efficient implementation, monitoring, and management. Technical assistance funds will also be used to ensure adequate administrative capacity in both cohesion regions and among other entities so that they are better able to absorb funds at regional and local level, and to provide external expertise (area-specific experts for better project preparation and implementation).

Planned investments.

Labour market measures: 

  • Programmes to keep in the labour market those groups whose employment or self-employment is threatened or temporary, to reduce and prevent precarious work and to prevent the transition back to unemployment for target groups facing atypical forms of work or precarious work.
  • Measures to strengthen labour market institutions and services or to modernise their services to address target groups in the labour market more effectively, 
  • Development, establishment, and operation of a national tool for short, medium, and long-term competency forecasting – PNK, 
  • Measures to improve health and safety at work, raise awareness of the importance of intergenerational cooperation and tackle intergenerational stereotypes, 
  • Measures to prolong working life and promote intergenerational knowledge transfer.

Actions in the field of education and training: 

  • Career centres for young people, including career guidance for learners, o Strengthening the key competences of learners, such as digital competences, language competences, creativity, media literacy, critical thinking, entrepreneurship, creativity, healthy self-esteem, prevention of violence and addiction, cultural awareness and expression, and promotion of talents.
  • Strengthening education and labour market cooperation in vocational and technical schools, higher education Pupil/student – knowledge institutions – business/non-business (PKP) networking programmes,
  • Establishment of a supportive environment in tertiary education, 
  • Strengthening the competences of professionals and managers in education and training, 
  • Measures to promote lifelong learning.
  • Provision of ICT equipment and infrastructure conditions
  • Scholarships. 
  • Measures in the field of socio-economic inclusion of disadvantaged groups, promoting their active inclusion in society and increasing their employability and poverty prevention, including housing and social services.

6. Useful resources


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Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.


Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.
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