Slovenia is one of the many non-member economies with which the OECD has working relationships in addition to its 30 member countries. 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, as well as four other prospective new members.
As one of the most successful reformers among the new EU members, Slovenia not only learned from OECD members’ expertise, but also had important reform experience to share with OECD members and others, e.g. in the field of regulatory management. Until end-2006, Slovenia also participated in SIGMA, in a programme assisting the new EU members’ decision makers and administrations in meeting the conditions for EU Membership.
The OECD’s co-operation with Slovenia now takes place primarily in the context of the country’s accession to OECD membership. Slovenia’s government has appointed a representative to co-ordinate the accession process on its side; on the OECD side, the process is co-ordinated by Deputy Secretary-General Ms Thelma Askey. However, Slovenia will continue to participate in the OECD’s global relations programme. The OECD’s Centre for Co-operation with Non-Members develops and oversees the strategic orientation of this relationship and ensures that the dialogue remains focused, forward-looking and mutually beneficial.
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 policy.