Slovenia signed the Convention founding the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on 21 July 2010, thereby pledging its full dedication to achieving the Organisation’s fundamental aims.
In March 1996, Slovenia applied for OECD membership. The OECD Council at Ministerial level adopted a resolution on 16 May 2007 to open discussions with Slovenia for its membership of the Organisation.
On 30 November 2007, the OECD Council approved the 'roadmap to accession' for Slovenia for Slovenia, as well as four other prospective new members.
On 10 May 2010, OECD countries issued an invitation to Slovenia to become a member of the OECD.
Slovenia signed an Accession Agreement on 1 June 2010.
Samuel Žbogar, Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs speaking to the press in Paris on 21 January 2010 after the signature of the OECD's Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Agreement.
What does the permanent delegation do?
Like all member countries, the Slovenian government maintains a permanent delegation to the OECD, composed of an ambassador and diplomats.
As a member of the Council, Slovenia's ambassador, in consultation with his peers, agrees the programme of work which is described in the annual report and establishes the volume of the annual budget, contributions being assessed according to the relative size of each country’s economy.
Members of the Slovenian Delegation monitor the work of the OECD’s various committees.
Delegations thus play a vital communication role in providing liaison between the OECD Secretariat and national authorities. They represent their governments’ positions in multilateral negotiations, indicate areas in which their governments seek OECD expertise and endeavour to help disseminate OECD recommendations in their respective countries. In doing so, they ensure that there is a good fit between OECD work and the issues of concern in their country.
Areas of work
In the context of a bilateral programme with the country (1995-2000), the OECD undertook an Economic Survey of Slovenia in 1997. Since then, other OECD studies on Slovenia have focused on its national accounts system, education, labour market and social policies, agriculture and investment.
Slovenia’s participation in OECD general activities
In September 2001, Slovenia acceded to the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions. Slovenia signed the OECD Declaration on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises in January 2002 and the Council Act related to the Mutual Acceptance of Data in the Assessment of Chemicals in May 2004. Slovenia is a participant in several OECD committees and Working Groups and a regular observer in another five OECD committees as well as all committees of the Nuclear Energy Agency. Slovenian Ministers also participate in the OECD Ministerial Council Meetings. Furthermore, Slovenia participates in the Co-operative Action Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED), in the Bologna Process and in the International Transport Forum.
What are the benefits of OECD membership?
The benefits for countries are many. Through its country surveys and comparable statistical and economic data, the OECD provides its member countries tools with which to analyse and monitor their economic, social and environmental policies. Countries can draw on the OECD’s reservoir of expertise, including peer reviews, and they can access all of the research and analysis conducted by the Secretariat. Covering the full economic and social spectrum, this work could not be carried out by any one country alone.
In addition to its economic intelligence functions, the OECD is above all a forum within which countries can discuss and share national experience, identify best practices and find solutions to common problems. The OECD having working relationships with over 70 non-member economies, members benefit from dialogue and consultations with all players on the world scene, in a context of increased interdependence that demands global rules of the game.
>> Consult the background information note and Slovenia's accession to the OECD for information on Slovenia's accession process.