Ljubljana Urban Region
Ljubljana Urban Region is the most prosperous Slovenian region, with strong development potential and economic strength, since it generates a third of the Slovenian gross domestic product. It includes 26 municipalities, including the City of Ljubljana which is the capital of Slovenia and the centre of Ljubljana urban region. Ljubljana is the main political, economical, cultural and educational centre of Slovenia. At the national level it is being developed as a national centre of international importance and the most important transport hub, where there are concentrated the highest functions, elite institutions, the central businesses, cultural, service and utility operations, and institutions relevant to the whole country. Ljubljana is geographically situated centrally in Slovenia at the extremely passable and strategic position, between the Alps and the Mediterranean and is also called the "Ljubljana gates" on the route from central Europe to the Danube region and Italy - Adriatic ports. Both Slovenia and Ljubljana are included via their public service infrastructure in the Trans-European Networks (TEN), which are being implemented in Slovenia within the framework of the Trans-European Corridors V and X, the TEN energy corridor, a maritime transport corridor and by transverse links between transport corridors. With the entry of Slovenia into the EU and the Schengen area (2004), the international transport and transit position of Ljubljana and Slovenia has further strengthened in recent years.
Photos: left: E. Kase, middle: J. Skok, right: D. Wedam
Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU)
The Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts is one of the leading re-search institutions in Slovenia. Its primary advantage is in interdisciplinary organisation and diverse mixture of researchers and themes ranging from social and earth sciences to regional planning and humanities. The Anton Melik Geographical Institute of the ZRC SAZU has a wide experience of transport planning since its collaborators have coordinated several projects of national importance and have thus been involved in shaping transport policies in Slovenia.
Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region (RDA LUR)
The Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region (RDA LUR) provides the necessary educational, financial, entrepreneurial, environmental and social infrastructure for the development of the region. The development agency connects all the regional development efforts, ideas and subjects, creates conditions for reaching a consensus about the development strategy of the region and its implementation among all social partners, authorities, management of companies, organisations, employers and employees, civil society and opens space for dialogue and establishing quality information flow among all the interested parties.
RDA LUR directs development in the region in the operational conurbation, which enables the best access to public services and at the same time preserves the close proximity of nature and cultural goods to all citizens, harmonises regional structural policies and also prepares projects that apply for European funds.