The OECD Regulatory Policy Review of Slovenia assesses the regulatory management capacity
of Slovenia. It takes stock of regulatory policies, institutions and tools; describes
trends and recent developments; and identifies areas for improvement in the design,
delivery and evaluation of regulations. The government of Slovenia has made great
strides in regulatory policy, but challenges in implementation remain. This review
provides policy recommendations based on best international practices and peer assessment
to strengthen the government’s management and oversight of regulatory policy.
Over the past decade, the National Assembly of Slovenia has made a political commitment to a whole-of-government regulatory policy, which is reflected in a number of policy documents and government resolutions.
Slovenia has successfully put in place many of the essential tools of better regulation, including guidance on impact assessment and stakeholder consultations, as well as a new tool to measure regulatory compliance costs for small businesses called the SME Test.
A number of line ministries, centre-of-government offices and other institutions are involved in regulatory policy oversight. However, none has the authority or resources to perform a thorough quality check of RIA, stakeholder engagement or ex post analysis.
Slovenia should maintain the momentum of reforms and ensure that regulatory policy tools are implemented evenly across all ministries.
The Government of Slovenia should relaunch better regulation along with a high-level strategic plan to prioritise the implementation of regulatory policy.
The better regulation agenda should move beyond administrative burden reduction and strengthen the institutional frameworks and ministries’ capacities to effectively use RIA, stakeholder engagement, and ex post evaluation.
The Government of Slovenia should centralise oversight in one body and give this body stronger powers. An oversight body should also monitor whether ministries perform ex post evaluation on regulations passed by urgent procedure.
RIA is time consuming and resource intensive. Prioritising which proposals should be subject to a full RIA could be done at an early stage, e.g. when the development of the regulation is added to the government’s work programme.