Public governance

Regulatory Policy in Slovenia

Oversight Matters

In series:OECD Reviews of Regulatory Reformview more titles

Published on March 09, 2018

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.


Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Country profile: Slovenia
Macroeconomic and political context: From independence to post-crisis recovery
The context for Better Regulation in Slovenia
Institutional framework and capacities for regulatory policy
Stakeholder engagement and access to regulations
The development of new regulations in Slovenia
The management and rationalisation of existing regulations in Slovenia
Goal setting, priorities, monitoring and indicators
Compliance and enforcement
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  • 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.





For further information, please contact Daniel Trnka, Regulatory Policy Division, OECD.