ARNES strives to provide efficient infrastructures and services which allow Slovenia equal opportunities for cooperation in the unified European research and educational area. The members of the ARNES Board of Directors are appointed by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. The Board of Directors adopts the operating plan and accounts, while the Technical Board deals with programme and development issues. ARNES cooperates professionally and collaborates on various projects with the Directorate for Information Society, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport.
The ARNES network links over 1,500 Slovene organisations, making its services available to nearly 250,000 people. International connections with educational and research networks in other countries are provided through the several-dozen-gigabit GEANT2 network, which is co-financed by the European Commission. With regards to the strategic development of the Slovenian educational and research network, ARNES cooperates professionally and on a project basis with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and the Ministry of Public Administration. Users can therefore co-operate in national and international projects which require fast and reliable information-communications connections, stable video-conferencing transmissions and the transmission of large amounts of data. ARNES also plays an active role in the European Commission projects SAFE-SI and Spletno oko ("Web Eye"), which are part of the European action plan Safer Internet.
ARNES is a full national member of TERENA (the Trans-European Research and Educational Networking Association), a founding member of GÉANT, a co-founder of DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe Ltd.), a member of CEENet (Central and Eastern European Networking Association) and a member of RIPE, NREN PC, CENTR, EURid, FIRST, and Euro-IX. It also participates in many European projects in the field of network technologies and network services.