The government has adopted a national program to promote the development and use of artificial intelligence in the period until 2025 fulfilling its commitment to prepare a national strategic document focusing on artificial intelligence. It has appointed the Ministry of Public Administration (MPA) to coordinate the implementation and monitoring of measures set out in the program. In collaboration with all ministries the MPA must prepare a plan for the implementation of individual measures as well as for financing and defining financial resources within six. These have to be in accordance with the envisioned amount of funding allocated for these measures within the adopted national program.
Furthermore, the government instructed the ministries to include or take into account the planned measures of the national program in their strategic orientations and documents, and to plan and provide adequate funds for their implementation in accordance with their financial capabilities.
With the adoption of the national program for the promotion of the development and use of artificial intelligence in Slovenia until 2025, the commitment to prepare a national strategic document focusing on artificial intelligence is being fulfilled. For successful cooperation, Slovenia must create a set of coherent support measures, increase financial support, ensure uniformly coordinated and targeted implementation of all activities, and encourage the public and private sector to prepare for socio-economic changes dictated by further development and introduction of artificial intelligence in Slovenia.
At the first meeting of the members of the Global Partnership for Artificial Intelligence which was held in December last year, the Minister of Public Administration Boštjan Koritnik announced that Slovenia was preparing a national program for artificial intelligence. As he explained at the time, it will serve as the basis for activities on both the national and international level. Koritnik also mentioned Slovenia’s presidency of the EU Council in the second half of 2021 and pointed out that the field of digitalisation, and in this context artificial intelligence in particular, would receive special attention. Shortly afterwards, the Directorate for Information Society and Informatics at the Ministry of Public Administration, in cooperation with key stakeholders, prepared a draft national program of the document. In January, the Strategic Development Innovation Partnership Smart Cities and Communities estimated that Slovenia would use its national program to “use its potential to improve the lives of its citizens, to start and increase the competitiveness of the economy and to support the company’s functioning in a successful way in order to effectively tackle future challenges”.