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Factsheet for measure SI-2021-31/3230 – measures in Slovenia

Investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency, water quality, and wastewater treatment

Zeleni prehod

Country Slovenia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 28 July 2021 – 28 June 2026
Context Green Transition, European Semester
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Access to finance
Author Maja Breznik (University of Ljubljana) and Eurofound
Measure added 08 June 2023 (updated 13 June 2023)

Background information

The Recovery and Resilience Plan investments support the objectives of the National Energy and Climate Plan of the Republic of Slovenia and the European Green Deal. The goal is to transition Slovenia to a low-carbon circular economy to promote the long-term productivity and resilience of society. The Recovery and Resilience Plan supports projects for energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable mobility, and adaptation to the effects of climate change. It also provides investments to improve the quality of public services related to drinking water supply and wastewater collection and treatment.

Content of measure

The Recovery and Resilience Plan addresses five components:

  1. Renewable energy and energy efficiency , which includes the following targets: the deployment of more renewable energy technologies in the electricity sector; integration of renewable energy installations into the grid; promotion of energy efficiency investments in the industry; the energy efficiency of district heating and cooling systems; modernisation of the electricity distribution network.
  2. Energy renovation of public buildings ;
  3. Clean and safe environment with measures to strengthen prevention, preparedness, response and recovery in the event of climate-related disasters;
  4. Sustainable mobility with the reorganisation of public transport, the building of new recharging stations, and the digitalisation of rail and road infrastructure;
  5. Circular economy to increase material productivity, promote eco-innovations, improve waste management and strengthen the wood processing chain.

Use of measure

As of May 26 2023, €197 million was spent on the Recovery and Resilience Plan. Most funds being used for the railway infrastructure improvement (€177 million), €1 million has been spent on a tool for digital management of space, environment, real estate, water and nature (‘green Slovenian location framework’). A unspecified amount of money has also been spent on modernising vocational education in order to improve preparedness for the digital and green transition. Agency SPIRIT runs a one-stop point for all activities aimed at supporting businesses in the transition to a circular economy €0.17 million (spent out of €7 million) was used for Agency SPIRIT's one-stop point for activities that support businesses transitioning to a circular economy model. Fifty-five companies received subsidies worth €8 million for de-carbonisation projects in the wood industry.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
European Funds
National funds
National Recovery and Resilience Facility

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No information available.

Views and reactions

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) pointed out that the Recovery and Resilience Plan does not give enough resources directly to the economy. GZS said that more resources should be provided to address the challenges in the energy sector, particularly the development of new technologies.


  • 30 May 2023: Večer, About 200 million spent so far. Who has received the most and what for? (Do zdaj izplačanih slabih 200 milijonov. Komu in zakaj je šlo največ? (
  • 06 June 2023: Government of RS, Green Transition (Zeleni Prehod (


Eurofound (2023), Investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency, water quality, and wastewater treatment, measure SI-2021-31/3230 (measures in Slovenia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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