COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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Slovenia/ 7. Public institutions in cultural infrastructure  

7.1 Cultural infrastructure: tendencies & strategies

Re-allocation of public responsibilities such as privatisation or outsourcing of activities hasn't occurred in practise yet. However, a new Public-Private Partnership Act (Official Gazette No. 127/06), 2007, has provisions for public institutions offering public-private partnerships as a credible alternative to privatisation. Unlike in the case of privatisation where government gives up its control, the private-public partnership means shared risks as well as shared benefits. The sharing of responsibility between the public sector, non-profit civic sector and for-profit business sector is possible if cooperation goes along the line of their different interests. PPP is basically just a different method of procuring public services and infrastructure by combining the best of the public and private sectors with an emphasis on value for money and delivering quality public services. Until now, no long-term contract under which a public body allows a private-sector enterprise to participate, with or without a financial contribution, in designing, constructing and operating a public work has been realised. Nevertheless it has been reported that the first pilot cases are emerging in different fields, mainly digitalisation (e.g. national archive, national library). Most of these cases are based on the role of the private partner as an investor providing much needed technological infrastructure and the role of the public partner providing access to the material. Business models are mostly based, or are expected to be based, on joint exploitation of digitalised content.


Chapter published: 11-02-2015

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