Chronology of events in Slovenia’s accession process to the OECD
• March 1996: Slovenia applied for OECD membership.
• September 2006: The OECD started the procedure of identifying potential membership candidates.
• 16 May 2007: Slovenia received an invitation for membership from the OECD Ministerial Council; in addition to Slovenia, the OECD also invited Russia, Estonia, Chile and Israel.
• 30 August 2007: The Government of the Republic of Slovenia appointed Minister for Development Žiga Turk as the national coordinator and the main negotiator in accession negotiations for the accession of Slovenia to the OECD.
• 30 November 2007: The OECD Council adopted the accession roadmap (pristopni program), which determines in more detail the substantive elements of the integration and accession process of the Republic of Slovenia to the OECD.
• December 2007: Meeting of Janez Janša, then-Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, with Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, in Paris.
• 20 December 2007: Appointing an interministerial working group for Slovenia’s accession to the OECD.
• 4–5 February 2008: Visit of the OECD delegation led by Thelma Askey, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD responsible for enlargement, to Ljubljana, which marked the beginning of the technical part of the accession process. She was accompanied by colleagues in charge of legal affairs, environment, finance and entrepreneurship, taxation policy and administration.
• 10 July 2008: The Government of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the Initial memorandum for Asccession of Slovenia to OECD (Izhodiščni memorandum).
• June 2008: Slovenia got its own presentation website on the OECD website, www.oecd.org/slovenia.
• 15 January 2009: The Government of the Republic of Slovenia appointed the Minister of Development and European Affairs, Mitja Gaspari, as coordinator and main negotiator in the accession negotiations.
• 4 February 2009: Visit of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, and the ministers for development and European affairs, economics and finance to OECD Secretary-General Ángel Gurría and OECD Deputy Secretary-General Thelma Askey in Paris.
• 1 July 2009: Visit of the Secretary-General Ángel Gurría to Slovenia
• 21 January 2010: Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Samuel Žbogar to the OECD Secretary-General Ángel Gurría and signature of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on the Privileges, Immunities and Facilities Granted to the Organisation
• 10 May 2010: At its session in Paris, the OECD Council decided to invite Slovenia to accede to the organisation
• 27 May 2010: Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor received the official invitation for OECD membership at the ministerial Council meeting in Paris
• 1 June 2010: In Ljubljana, Minister for Development and European Affairs Mitja Gaspari and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría signed the Agreement on conditions for Slovenia's accession to the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
• 18 June 2010: Slovenian National Assembly adopted Act ratifying the Agreement on the Terms of Accession of the Republic of Slovenia to the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development
• 21 July 2010: Slovenia formally becomes the 32th member of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. The Chargé d’Affaires a.i. at the Slovenian Embassy in Paris, Ms Darja Golež, deposits an instrument of accession of the Republic of Slovenia to the OECD Convention with the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs which is a depositary of the Convention.
Implementation of the accession roadmap
Slovenia received the invitation for membership negotiations at the OECD Ministerial Council held in May 2007. In November 2004, the OECD Council adopted Roadmaps for the Accession to the OECD Convention for five acceding states (Slovenia, Estonia, Chile, Israel, and Russia), setting out in detail the substantive elements of Slovenia’s integration and accession to the OECD.
Accession obligations included acceptance of the applicable OECD acts. In the first stage of the accession process, the interministerial working group examined more than 200 applicable OECD acts and recommendations. On the basis thereof it prepared and coordinated the Initial Memorandum for Accession of Slovenia to the OECD, which Slovenia submitted to the OECD in July 2008. This was an initial document presenting Slovenia’s position to all OECD acts and documents (recommendations, declarations, etc.). It reflected the actual positions regarding the acceptance or possible reservations that Slovenia might wish to put forward with respect to individual acts. The final positions taken by Slovenia with regard to OECD acts and other instruments were the key element in the Council’s assessment of Slovenia’s readiness and capacity to become a member of the OECD.
Substantive examinations of Slovenia’s ability and willingness to accede to the OECD by individual working bodies (from autumn 2008 to spring 2010)
Public Governance Committee (1st examination)
Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions (1st examination)
Environment Policy Committee
Working Group on Private Pensions
Working Group on International Investment Statistics
Committee on Consumer Policy
Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Committee
Committee on Financial Markets
Economic and Development Review Committee
Working Group on Export Credits
Steering Group on Corporate Governance
Public Governance Committee
Working Group on Biotechnology
Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions (2nd examination)
Working Group of Trade Committee
Committee on Fiscal Affairs
Insurance and Private Pensions Committee
Investment Committee (2nd examination)
Committee on Statistics
Steering Group on Corporate Governance (2nd examination)
Insurance and Private Pensions Committee
Steering Group on Corporate Governance (3rd examination, written procedure)
Based on official reports of individual OECD committees and bodies on Slovenia’s readiness for accession and reviews by the OECD Secretariat, the Secretary-General prepared a document thereon for discussion on accession at the OECD Council. The OECD Council took the final decision on the terms and conditions of an invitation to Slovenia to accede to the OECD Convention.
Slovenia had to officially confirm its interest in accession, accept the obligations of membership and decide on participation in the optional programmes. On the basis of this statement, and having regard to recommendations of the competent bodies and the Secretary-General of the OECD, the Council decided by consensus to finally invite Slovenia to accede to the OECD Convention on 10 May 2010. Following this invitation, an Agreement between Slovenia and the OECD was signed on 1 June 2010 in Ljubljana. On 18 June, the international agreement was also ratified by the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia.
Costs and financing of the accession process
In accordance with the planned process of negotiations, the accession programme determines the obligation of paying the one-time costs associated with accession, which include OECD staff time and costs associated with missions, meetings, documentation, co-ordination and management of the accession process, communication, etc. Slovenia must settle annually the required amounts in advance of expenditure on the basis of OECD Secretariat estimates of likely costs. At the end of 2009, Slovenia settled EUR 1.62 million of the 2010 non-recurring costs associated with its accession, in line with the Accession Roadmap. Any surplus or deficit will be settled according to the costs actually incurred. The same costs totalling EUR 4.85 million were paid for the years of 2008, 2009 and 2010.
(Last change: 24 January 2012)