In 2001 the 2nd phase of the country's integrated research programme was developed as a framework programme entitled 'Slovenia's Competitiveness 2001-2006'. This framework programme was established by the MSZS in co-ordination with other ministries and the Cabinet.
The programme aims at combining the RTD activities of various sectors according to national priorities. The national framework programme takes account of the country's long-term development strategy, the state budget, regional planning and other development programmes.
Transport research projects form part of the national RTD programme to strengthen the economic infrastructure.
The national RTD (Research and Technical Development) framework programme 2001-2006 comprises 9 main research themes which cover economic, social, political and infrastructure topics. Transport research projects form part of the programme as transport infrastructure is seen as a means to strengthen the economic infrastructure.
For the transport research projects of year 2002, some EUR 200 000 have been allocated under the national RTD programme. They are financed by 3 ministries:
- MSZS: 43 %
- Ministry of Transport: 28.5 %
- Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning: 28.5 %.