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Knowledge for development

Slovenia is strengthening the factors which support a knowledge-based society. In late 2005, the Resolution on National Research and Development Programme for the Period 2006-2010 was adopted as the central development document for research and development. The amount of public funds from the national budget for R&D is set to increase, with the objective of reaching 1% of GDP by 2010.

According to data published in the European Innovation Scoreboard 2005 (EIS), Slovenia made progress in the field of innovation, innovativeness and patent applications in 2005, and is second among new EU members (and 14th overall among EU countries) in terms of scores on the summary innovation index. In 2003, Slovenia filed 50.43 patent applications per million residents (the EU average was 136.6).

Measures in industrial policy for the stimulation of cooperation between R&D activities and the business sector are included in the Programme of Measures to Promote Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness for the Period 2007-2013. The Young Basic Researchers for Business and Industry Programme stimulates a flow of knowledge into the business sector, as it encourages the funding of basic research projects of young researchers by companies.

The measures for the stimulation of new innovative companies include establishing an infrastructure for economic developmental logistic platforms to create an environment, favourable for newly created spin-off companies and other new, innovative companies, and a number of financial measures for the support of young innovative companies.

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