Keeping Slovenian hospitals running efficiently and effectively

Filed under - Integrity Pacts Programme

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In 2016 the European Commission teamed up with Transparency International to pilot the use of Integrity Pacts for 17 projects in 11 Member States, including Slovenia, worth a total of over EUR 900 million. To find out more about each project click here.

Despite the fact that Slovenia has a fairly well-developed framework for public procurement, practices don’t always live up to the rules on paper. Corruption remains a serious issue for which Slovenia has been sanctioned by the European Commission in the past. The Slovenian Commission for the Prevention of Corruption has said that public procurement is a key risk area for corruption and conflict of interest. Energy, construction, urban planning and healthcare are considered particularly susceptible given their close connection to the political domain.

A succession of corruption scandals, some involving the highest levels of government, have caused the public to lose faith in their government. Infrastructure projects are the major source of corruption, but misconduct in the health sector has been particularly high-profile after a prominent surgeon stepped forward as a whistleblower. Hospitals were built incorrectly with little oversight, and equipment costs were many times higher than they should have been. However, in recent years Slovenia has increased its efforts to improve the national procurement system with several ambitious projects that promote transparency and public access to information.

This makes the TI Slovenia’s work monitoring the energy renovation of the Trbovlje General Hospital through the Integrity Pacts project particularly relevant. Trbovlje is a town with a long history of coal mining 60km east of Slovenia's capital, Ljubljana. In November 2016, TI Slovenia signed an Integrity Pact with the Slovenian Ministry of Health. The Trbovlje Hospital signed in October 2017. Once the winning bidder has been selected, they will also sign. TI Slovenia will be using the Integrity Pact as an opportunity to get the local community involved so that those closest to the project will be able to make sure their money is spent as it should be.


On the 11 May 2018 Transpareny International Slovenia signed the Integrity Pact with Rudis, the company who won the tender to undertake the energy rennovation in Trbovlje General Hospital. This is important news since Rudis was not legally obliged to sign the IP but rather did so voluntarily. In the week following the signature, the 16th May, representatives from Rudis met with TI Slovenia for the very first project meeting to discuss how they would cooperate and how the project would run.

Project details

  • Project: Hospital energy renovation
  • Civil society monitor: Transparency International Slovenia
  • Contracting Authority: Slovenian Ministry of Health
  • Private sector contractor: Rudis
  • Progress: Contract implementation
  • Project website:

Country / Territory - Slovenia   
Language(s) - English   
Tags - Health sector   |   Public procurement   |   public health   |   Integrity Pacts   |   Transparency International Slovenia   |   Energy   |   Slovenia   

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