Earmarked Funds of EU Foundations Are Effectively Spent in Slovenia
The EU continues to implement projects aimed at improving the living and working conditions of Slovenian citizens.
Programs and projects co-financed by the European Social Fund, the European Regional Development Fund and the Integration Support Fund have helped many Slovenian citizens find work, improve their qualifications and gain new experience for successful interaction with government agencies.
For 7 years, 5,700 European projects have brought Slovenia a huge benefit—almost 760,000 Slovenian citizens received assistance in employment and education, the country has opened great prospects in many areas.
The Slovenia’s Government Department for European Integration and Policy Coordination will tell about the successfully implemented projects at the Open Door Day, which will be held on 9–10 June under the name of EU-PROJEKT, MOJ PROJEKT 2017.
Until 2023, Slovenia has more than 3 billion euros of European funds and is currently working on 190 projects, programs and state tenders worth 900 million euros. The overall goal of the projects is to ensure economic growth and create new jobs in Slovenia.
Over the past 6 years, European funds have implemented many projects in the field of transport, environmental protection, regional infrastructure, education, employment and support for the economy of Slovenia.
- more than 150 km of state railways were modernized (for example, the site of Pragersko–Hodoš);
- 100% coverage was achieved by the GSM-R signal within a 1,200-kilometre state railway network;
- more than 100 km of road sections were built and modernized, which reduced travel time and saved 48 million euros;
- 141,222 square meters of sound-proof panels were installed on motorways;
- 7 belt roads were built in major cities;
- 84 motorway crossings through railways were improved;
- more than 40 km of bicycle lanes were built;
- the sea channel for the entry of cargo transport vessels to the port of Luka Koper was deepened, which increased the capacity of the harbour;
- the Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport (Letališče Edvarda Rusjana Maribor) was modernized;
- 12 parking areas were built (2,068 new parking spaces) in 9 municipalities and a unified public transport system was established with the introduction of a single ticket.
- 670 km of sewerage lines were constructed, 43 waste treatment facilities were built/modernized;
- more than 630,000 people use high-quality drinking water through a new water supply network;
- 5 regional waste recycling centres were built;
- 3 projects on flood protection and the creation of an integrated system for monitoring and analysis of the aquatic environment in Slovenia were implemented;
- over 360 inspections were conducted to monitor the work of power networks and cable lines in hospitals, secondary and higher educational institutions, nursing homes and other institutions;
- street lighting, district heating systems and autonomous heating systems were reconstructed saving energy consumption, increasing the amount of energy produced from renewable sources, and reducing the level of greenhouse gas emissions.
- more than 15 thousand new broadband Internet access points were created;
- a network of emergency medical centres is organized;
- 33 cultural monuments were repaired and restored;
- approximately 340 thousand square meters of sports facilities were built/modernized.
Education, Employment and Support of Slovenia’s Economy:
- 4,200 enterprises were supported;
- about 1,500 inventions and patents were created;
- more than 540 young scientists were involved into the economic sphere;
- more than 760 applied technologies, patents and innovations were created to meet the needs of the economy;
- over 18,800 start-ups and self-employed persons were supported;
- more than 8,800 scholarship holder were supported;
- 300 enterprises conducted refresher courses for 14,000 employees as part of the Competence Centres operation;
- over 19,000 subsidized jobs for the unemployed were created;
- approximately 8,000 people received national professional qualifications;
- more than 380,000 participants in education and training programs were trained;
- more than 1,000 foreign teachers and scientists were arrived to the country;
- 30,000 children were included into the healthy lifestyle promotion program (Zdrav življenjski slog);
- 43 electronic textbooks were created;
- approximately 28,000 teachers mastered vocational training programs,
- over 3,800 jobs for socially vulnerable categories of the population were created;
- approximately 70,000 children indirectly participate in the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Programs;
- more than 900 electronic administrative services are now available online;
- the average duration of law suits reduced from 9.5 months to 3.1 months.