The Association of Urban Municipalities of Slovenia (AUMS; ZMOS – Združenje mestnih občin Slovenije) is the only representative association of municipalities in Slovenia that exclusively represents the interests of 11 urban municipalities. Out of 212 municipalities, the 11 urban municipalities, all members of AUMS, cover more than a third of the population and act as regional urban centres, with a high concentration of economic, social, governmental and other public services.
Membership of AUMS consists of all 11 urban municipalities (35 % of population of Slovenia):
AUMS is the intermediate body for project selection in the integrated territorial investments (ITI) mechanism for sustainable urban development in Slovenia.
ITI mechanism in Slovenia provides EU and state funds for the implementation of sustainable urban development strategies, adopted by urban municipalities in 2015. The mechanism covers three priority axes of the Operational programme which include energy efficiency of public housing, sustainable mobility and urban regeneration.
AUMS is responsible for publishing calls for projects and project selection. An expert commission for the implementation of ITI was established, comprised of 11 experts from urban municipalities. Members of the expert commission evaluate project applications, mainly from the viewpoint of their consistency with sustainable urban development strategies of individual urban municipalities. Projects that meet the selection criteria are selected by the Assembly of mayors. Selected projects are then submitted to ministerial intermediate bodies for final approval.
A list of approved projects is published here (in Slovenian language).
AUMS is a “HIGHER” project partner.
Nine European institutions collaborate in the framework of the Interreg Europe Program for the implementation of HIGHER. The project has the objective to improve the innovation framework and the smart specialization strategy of different EU regions. HIGHER will analyze and exchange experiences and good practices on themanagement and implementation of regional policy instruments designed to promote the innovation projects under the collaboration between research centers, industry and public authorities.
The HIGHER project is addressed to achieve innovative models of public private partnerships suitable to mobilize investment in related smart specialization areas and fostering an entrepreneurial discovery process in driving innovation process of the policy instruments. This will be achieved through the analysis of nine policy instruments from one of each region involved in the project to promote the innovation projects under public private partnerships. The partners of the project will evaluate these instruments and try to identify which are their main weaknesses, developing a learning process to overcome the main obstacles around them and enhancing a better and more efficient implementation.
Thought basic methods, as workshops, study visits and thematic summits and developed ones, as joint analysis, peer reviews and e-learning modules, the different regions will exchange the experiences and good practices for the future improvement of the policy instruments of each region.
For latest updates on project activities please visit the HIGHER project website.