In Slovenia there is no legal obligation for local authorities to implement a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP). However several SUMPs were developed in the last decade, the majority of them within EU projects, one as a pilot in a national project and one as an initiative of a local authority. In the past few years Slovenian experts tested the SUMP process on three different scales: EU-recommended city size (100 000+), small municipality and region. Experience showed that a SUMP works well on all three levels. The SUMP for the urban region of Nova Gorica is the only SUMP prepared on the regional level; all others were developed for municipalities.
The Ministry of infrastructure responsible for urban transport recognised the importance of SUMPs several years ago and started to support SUMP actions on different levels. Main activity was the development of a national platform for sustainable mobility. The platform is a service for cities, municipalities and regions providing assistance for developing SUMPs with inputs such as national guidelines for SUMPs, regular lectures, trainings and workshops; newsletters, site visits, integration and co-ordination with the European Mobility Week.
The Ministry of infrastructure assigned part of its cohesion funds for the development of SUMPs in cities and for the implementation of sustainable mobility measures based on SUMPs. This programme started in 2015 and is co-financed by an operational programme for the implementation of the European cohesion poliby over 2014-2020. In 2014 and 2015, more than 60 consultants and experts were trained to develop the SUMP according to the National SUMP guidelines. The development of 60 new SUMPs and revison of 3 existing SUMPs started in the year of 2016, all co-financed from the above mentioned fund. With this actions, all municipalities with bigger and mid-size urban centers in the country will develop their SUMP by the summer of 2017. The Ministry of infrastructure will also participate in the H2020 project PROSPERITY (2016-2019), which will allow to further develop national framework for SUMPs in Slovenia. All these activities ensure that SUMPs become and are developing as a regular planning practice in Slovenia.
Cities and regions in Slovenia with SUMPs are:
- Nova Gorica (2006, 2014) – first limited version of a SUMP on the municipal level developed already in 2006, regional SUMP prepared in the EU PUMAS project is in the procedure in municipal councils in the region (status March 2015)
- Ljubljana (2012) – draft version prepared within the CIVITAS Elan project, revised version accepted by the city council in 2012 (in Slovene)
- Ljutomer (2012) – SUMP developed as a pilot for small cities within national project, shortlisted among three best SUMPs in EU in 2013, (in Slovene)
- Maribor (2014) – prepared within EU project TRAMOB, in the procedure in city council (status March 2015 – in Slovene)
- Piran (2014) – SUMP developed in EU project Adria.Move IT (was not submitted to council for approval)
- Murska Sobota (2008) – not available online