Funding opportunities for upskilling and reskilling to support the digital competences of individuals and organizations are available in form of loans, grants and financial instruments. For the period 2021 – 2026 most of the activities in digital transformation are financed through Recovery and Resilience facility (RRF) but also as activities in Horizon, Erasmus+, ESIF and EEA grant schemes. You may find more on the page of the Slovenian National Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition.
Recovery and resilience facility
The Slovenian Recovery and Resilience Plan contribute to the digital transformation of Slovenia’s society and economy with 21.4% of the plan’s total allocation. supports the digital transition with reforms in the digitalisation of the public administration, in skills and cyber security. A strategy for digital transformation and reforms on electronic identification aims to increase the use of public e-services and digitalisation of companies.
Slovenian Recovery and Resilience Plan has a total volume of €2.5 billion (€1.8 billion in grants and €0.7 billion in loans) and dedicates 21% of its resources to digital transformation. Slovenia’s Recovery and Sustainability Plan support the transition to digital technologies through investments in the digitalisation of public administration, skills and Cybersecurity. In the plan, the strategy of digital transformation and reforms in the field of electronic identification aimed at expanding the use of public electronic services and digitalization of companies is accompanied by investments of €260 million in the public administration sector, including in key public sectors such as healthcare (€83 million). Furthermore, €144 million are allocated to enhance the digital skills of different segments of society and in improving connectivity in schools. The government is also planning to dedicate €44 million to supporting the implementation of advanced digital technologies in companies. Several portals are being established to centralize information and calls available, you may find some of them on the web page: Digitalna preobrazba (Digital transformation) with the list of ministries responsible for reforms and investments planned in the Slovenian recovery and resilience plan.
Digital transformation of the economy (business and industry) is supported by the adoption of the Strategy for the Digital Transformation of Enterprises, guidelines for innovative procurement, and the operationalisation of a single digital identity (e-identity) for companies. The Strategy provides for the transfer of different registers to one single business register. In accordance with the Strategy, at least 200 businesses shall acquire an e-identity.
Strengthening the digital transformation of public administration aims to improve the governance of digital transformation in public administration. This will be achieved through the adoption of a Digital Public Services Strategy 2021-2030 and the establishment of an Informatics Development Council as a coordinating body of digital solutions. The Informatics Development Council was set up in February 2022. It functions as a management body, coordinating operations related to IT investment in the public sector, to its standards, the back-office systems and other technological developments where the compatibility of the systems is essential for their operation and maintenance. The Digital Public Services Strategy 2021-2030 was adopted in December 2022. It strives towards ensuring data for better services and decision-making and providing a secure, trustworthy and inclusive digital environment.
Cross border and multi-country projects – European Common Data Infrastructure and Services aims to develop and deploy the new generation of low-power infrastructure and services from Edge to Cloud, to ultimately equip the EU with global, forward-looking, ultra-secure, green industrial data processing capabilities. By mid-2024, at least seven projects should contribute towards the development and initial rollout of the next generation of innovative cloud and edge solutions to ultimately contribute to the building of a European Common Data Infrastructure and its associated innovative Smart Processing.
DIGIT 55+ projects subsidized non-formal education to increase the digital competences of the population older than 55 years of age.
Voucher for raising digital competences for social enterprises. The purpose of the voucher is to encourage the target groups – social enterprises – to ensure the appropriate skills of the employees of the management staff for the key areas of digitization.
Other funding options
The Google.org Impact Challenge: Tech for Social Good is an open call for European nonprofits, academic or research institutions, civic entities, and social enterprises in search of technical help and funding for projects focused on sustainability, economic opportunity, or cyber security. It provides up to six months of full-time support from a team of Google.org Fellows and up to €3M funding.
Different funding options are also available on the Digital Skills and Jobs platform, you may find a listing for Slovenia on this link.