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Basic information

Year of approval of the
SD strategy and updates

NSDS was adopted by the Government in 2001, followed by the Action Plan for Sustainable Development which was adopted and published in 2005.

Based on the Partnership Agreement there is a plan to prepare a new strategic document for SD in the near future (exact date not specified but it is expected in 2017).

Type of SD strategy

NSDS covers three dimensions of SD plus the additional dimension of culture.

Lead ministry/institution in
the SD strategy process

Deputy Prime Minister’s Office for Investments and Informatization of the Slovak Republic - Department for Coordination of Agenda 2030


Link to the SD strategy


National Strategy for Sustainable Development for the Slovak Republic (2001)

The full list(s) of NSDS objectives as identified by a study commissioned by Eurostat can be downloaded here: NSDS objectives (2001).

Further information about
the SD strategy process

Action Plan for SD (2005)

Assessment Reports for SD


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National Implementation of 2030 Agenda for SD



The Slovak Government has adopted Baselines for the national implementation for the 2030 Agenda for SD and SDGs in March 2016. According to the document the Slovak Government agreed with divided responsibility for the implementation for the 2030 Agenda between the Government Office (national implementation) and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (activities of Slovakia and Slovak entities abroad). The first overall assessment of achievement of objectives should be done by the end of 2019. The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs should prepare and realize the Concept of the implementation for the 2030 Agenda in the international environment. Currently this Agenda of the Government Office is supposed to be transferred to the Office of Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Information Society.

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Leading Ministry and
respective unit


Office of Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Information Society  - Department of Cross-Sectoral Priorities

Other ministries involved


Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Statistical Office

Main contact point for the
implementation process

Links to main websites/
documents on national
implementation of the
2030 Agenda and SDGs

Voluntary National Reviews [No information available]


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Mechanisms of Vertical Integration

National — sub-national linkages

During the preparation of the NSDS, the local level was involved via the two Associations of Local Authorities (one for cities, the other one for municipalities). Representatives of the Associations participated in working groups that also involved other stakeholder groups. The regional self-governments did not exist at the time of NSDS preparation.

Regarding implementation, there is no direct link between the NSDS and the activities at the sub-national levels. Policy-making is generally undertaken through regulations and rules. Several other sub-national activities and projects are undertaken in the context of EU and UN resources. These activities sometimes contribute to the implementation of NSDS objectives, however, no strategic link to or coordination with the NSDS is made.

LA21 initiatives exist on the municipal level. However, there is no formal or institutionalised link between the NSDS and LA21 activities.

EU linkages

The renewed EU Strategy for Sustainable Development (EU SDS) that was adopted in June 2006 foresees that Member States bi-annually report about how they address the priorities of the EU SDS. Slovakia has published its first national report on implementing the EU SDS in Summer 2007.


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Mechanisms of Horizontal Integration

The Government Council for Sustainable Development, originally established in 1999, gained new statutory rights in 2004, however it was cancelled together with other subsidiary governmental councils. 

Currently, the horizontal integration of SD issues is ensured by the Government Office which holds an overall responsibility for SD. More specifically, it is responsible for the Horizontal Priority Sustainable Development which is being implemented in all operational programmes under the National Strategic Reference Framework in this programming period. Similarly the Government Office will implement a Horizontal Principle Sustainable Development in the forthcoming programming period.

The Government Office is also a coordinator of activites of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region in Slovakia which constitutes an SD concept on the regional level.


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Evaluation and Review

Progress reports about implementation of objectives defined in the NSSD and the Action Plan on SD were submitted to the Government once every year on the basis of indicators.


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Indicators and Monitoring

The current NSDS formulates 10 'long-term priorities' and 71 indicators.

One of the 13 tasks outlined in the Action Plan for SD (2005-15) is the creation of a database of basic SD indicators, continuous assignment of indicators to individual objectives and assessment of these indicators. Monitoring of the transition of the Slovak economy towards SD should be based on the assessment of the implementation of the objectives of the action plan.

The full list(s) of indicators as identified by a study commissioned by Eurostat can be downloaded here:


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The NSDS wad developed as a bottom-up process based on a broad public consultation process that involved over 200 experts which were coordinated by a steering committee.


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Sub-national activities

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This Country Profile has been last updated on: Thursday, 31 August 2017

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