The Development Council of the Western Slovenia Cohesion Region approves a draft document for securing EUR 3.2 billion of EU funds at meeting
On October 7th 2022, the 4th regular meeting of the Development Council of the Western Slovenia Cohesion Region (hereinafter: the Development Council) led by the Council Chair and Director of the Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region, Lilijana Madjar, was held at the Ljubljana Town Hall. At the meeting, which was also attended by the Minister for European Cohesion Policy, Aleksander Jevšek, and State Secretary at the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy, Marko Koprivc, the 2021–2027 European Cohesion Policy Programme (hereinafter: the Programme) worth EUR 3.2 billion of EU funds was approved.
After lengthy negotiations among various partners, the programming process was finally completed. The Development Council is extremely pleased that Slovenia will approve the document in time (i.e., by the end of the year), and thus make sure none of the EU funds are lost.
The Development Council gave its consent to the Programme and familiarised itself with the adopted government material that allocates national funds in the amount of EUR 828.8 million to the Programme. This means that the Western Slovenia Cohesion Region will receive slightly more funds from 2021 to 2027 than it did in the 2014–2020 programme period.
At the national level, the 2021–2027 EU cohesion policy funds are planned to be absorbed within a single programme (i.e., the Programme), which includes four funds:
- The Cohesion Fund (entire Slovenia): EUR 718.19 million;
- The European Regional Development Fund (separately for the eastern and western cohesion regions): EUR 1,599.79 million;
- The European Social Fund Plus (separately for the eastern and western cohesion regions): EUR 635.97 million;
- The Just Transition Fund (for the Sava and Savinja-Šalek coal-mining regions): EUR 258.72 million. From 2021 to 2027, this fund will provide additional support for people, businesses and the environment in areas dealing with serious socioeconomic challenges arising from the transition to the EU’s 2030 climate and energy targets, and a climate-neutral EU economy by 2050.
The EU Cohesion Policy Programme pursues green targets, and environmental protection and sustainable development principles, and seeks to prevent or reduce the harmful impact of planned activities on the environment. The measures focus on promoting and directing the kind of social development that ensures long-term conditions for human health, well-being and quality of life, and the conservation of biodiversity.