Name / Title
Case Study Region
Goriška region, Slovenia
SočaValley, Northern Primorska
Business; funding scheme; training scheme, government
Main activity / focus
State support programme for Upper Soča Valley started in 2002 after the area had been severely damaged by two earthquakes (in 1998).
Target beneficiaries / market
Public and private sector in Upper Soča Valley
Current Funding source(s)
National budget: 17 million €
Soča 2013 is a development programme (followed by special Law on Upper Soča Valley) resolving the differences within the region and ensuring the integrated development of the Upper Soča Valley. Increasingly important is also the process of rapid opening of the transit areas of Posočje and the regions of Idrija and Cerkno towards Gorenjska, the Valley of Vipava, Ljubljana and Italy. The region is also interesting in revitalising the Soča (railway) corridor and in the improvement of the infrastructure and services.
This project is an operational outcome of the second development priority (innovation in economy) indicated in Regional Development Programme 2007-2013 with two objectives:
The objectives are to be realised via three measures:
The Upper Soča Valley managed to absorb approx. more than 90 % of appointed financial means (Delo, 26. 5. 2009, p. 11).
Potential quantitative indicators at the end of financing period (Delo, 16. 10. 2009, p. 13):
Project, conceived as a special support to peripheral, endangered areas that have been severely damaged by natural catastrophes, has been quite successful in some fields (infrastructure development), and modest in the others (entrepreneurial investments, creation of new jobs, students are abandoning grant scheme).
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