Central Europe

SLOVENIA: Support to preparation of spatial and other public policies

On 8th of October 2014 Ljubljana the workshop of the project ESPON on the Road in organisation of ESPON contact point Slovenia (Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning) took place.

The purpose of the event of the project was to promote and support the transfer of results and policy recommendations to different national, regional as local stakeholders and experts in various disciplines and to promote previous experiences with ESPON to encourage greater cooperation between experts and researchers and users of research results in Slovenia for more effective integration of Slovenian partners in projects in the new programming period 2014-2020. The event has presented some selected results of the projects and their messages for the preparation of spatial planning and other policies. Results were promoted in the light of preparation of new national spatial policy and vision for the future development of national territory.

Greater integration between research and their results, administrative structures and policies should be achieved through improved   communication process between this communities and ESPON. Results have the potential to be a great support in the process. ESPON has prepared an extensive knowledge on the territorial development that enables better strategic decisions in the field of spatial development as the contents of the research reflect policy objectives. For the nation-state, it is important that the program allows a direct comparison with neighbouring countries and regions and comparison with countries in the macro-regional context.

The event was designed core messages for the renewal of the national spatial policy in the fields of: the concept of attractiveness and results for Slovenia; the characteristics of small and medium-sized cities; rural definitions and the role of the new service orientated rural areas  in developing future policies; the role of Ljubljana as a metropolitan area and the centre of the polycentric urban system; scenarios and vision of EU by 2050  and a role of a new Slovenian national spatial development model in its development policy.

The event was integrated with other activities promoted by the ministry as by non-governmental and scientific organisation celebration of World habitat day. The entire October is celebrated as The Month of Territory in Slovenia. Additionally the event was incorporated to the process of preparation of national spatial policy enabling us to directly link the results of ESPON as a knowledge base for this process. The results of ESPON are therefore upgraded with the results of national studies on territorial levels (municipality settlement) not covered by ESPON.

The event itself was composed of presentations, moderated discussions with participants and a round table discussion. The participants of the round table were expert from national level, representative of a ministry of public administration, representative of national agency responsible for promotion of foreign investments, representative of a Pomurska region and a mayor of municipality of Tolmin.

The event was held in Slovenian. Detailed programme, photos and presentations, as well as short proceedings are available below.
Slovenian Information Materials are available here.