Ministry of the Economy

Minister Responsible for Development and European Affairs, Mitja Gaspari, will temporarily lead the Ministry of the Economy

Mitja Gaspari, MSc

Mitja Gaspari, MSc

Mitja Gaspari was born on 25 November 1951 in Ljubljana. In 1975, he graduated in ‘financial and monetary economics from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana. He earned his MSc in monetary economics at the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade. He began his career at the Bank of Slovenia where he first worked as an analyst in 1981 and then as the Director of the Analysis and Research Centre. In 1987 he became Deputy Governor of the Bank of Slovenia and then Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Yugoslavia. In September 1991 he went to work for the World Bank in Washington D.C. for a year. He worked as a Senior Financial Economist in the Trade & Finance Division, Technical Department and the Europe & USSR Region. Between 1992 and 2000 he was Minister of Finance of the Republic of Slovenia. In the autumn of 2000 he was elected an MP, but gave up his seat in April 2001 to become Governor of the Bank of Slovenia. During his mandate Slovenia successfully introduced the euro as the country’s currency. He has written several articles for international journals and publications and participated in numerous debates and conferences. Before he became Minister for Development and European Affairs, he worked at the Economic Institute of the Law School.




Mitja Gaspari, MSc

Phone: +386 1 400 36 21

fax: +386 1 400 35 22

e-mail: gp.svrez[@] 



Head of the Office

Dr Klemen Grošelj

Phone: +386 1 400 35 11

fax: +386 1 400 35 22




Dr Miloš Šenčur

Phone: +386 1 400 35 84

fax: +386 1 /400 35 44

e-mail: milos.sencur[@] 


Public Relations:

Stanka Ritonja

Phone: +386 1 400 35 05

fax: +386 1 400 37 09

e-mail: stanka.ritonja[@]


Suzana Zagorc

Phone: +386 1 /400 3320

fax: +386 1 400 37 09

e-mail: suzana.zagorc[@]



Dr Miloš Šenčur

Phone: +386 1 400 35 84

fax: +386 1 /400 35 44

e-mail: milos.sencur[@] 


Enterprise and Competition Directorate

Kotnikova 5, 1000 Ljubljana

Director General: Edita Granatir Lapuh

Phone: +386 1 400 32 17 

fax: +386 1 400 32 62



Tourism and internationalisation Directorate

Kotnikova 5, 1000 Ljubljana

Director-General: Marjan Hribar, MSc

Phone: +386 1 400 32 00, 400 35 21

fax: +386 1 400 32 62

e-mail: marjan.hribar[@], 



Internal Market Directorate

Kotnikova 5, 1000 Ljubljana

Acting Director-General: Vinka Soljačić, MSc

Phone: +386 1 400 35 64

fax: +386 1 400 36 22

e-mail: vinka.soljacic[@]


Energy Directorate

Kotnikova 5, 1000 Ljubljana , 1000 Ljubljana

Director General: Janez Kopač

Phone: +386 1 400 33 41

fax: +386 1 /400 33 48



Maribor Unit

Vetrinjska ulica 2

Phone: +386 1 400 31 45

fax: +386 2 252 11 89



Phone: +386 1 400 36 21

Main Areas of Activity

The Ministry of the Economy is divided into four directorates, covering: the internal market, enterprise and competition, foreign economic relations, tourism and energy.

There are also bodies operating within the ministry, performing tasks in the areas of  intellectual property, consumer protection, protection of competition, economic promotion and promotion of foreign investment, market inspection and energy sector inspection.


Bodies Affiliated to the Ministry

Competition Protection Office

Kotnikova 28/VII, 1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 478 35 97

fax: +386 1 478 36 08



Acting Director: Damjan Matičič

e-mail: damjan.maticic[@]



The Competition Protection Office performs specific tasks relating to competition rules and carries out the procedures in accordance with the competition regulations.



Consumer Protection Office

Kotnikova 5, 1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 478 36 18

fax: +386 1 478 34 40



Acting Director: Anton Horžen

e-mail: anton.horzen[@] 


The activities of the Consumer Protection Office are the following: technical and administrative tasks relating to preparation and implementation of the programme for consumer protection in administrative bodies, professional organisations and non-governmental organisations.



Market Inspectorate

Parmova 33, 1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 280 87 02

fax: +386 1 280 87 40

e-mail: gp.tirs[@]



Chief Market Inspector: Andrejka Grlić

e-mail: predstojnik.tirs[@]


The Market Inspectorate directly monitors the implementation of acts and decrees relating to consumer protection, product safety, trade, hospitality, crafts, services, prices, tourism, competition protection and the protection of copyright.


Slovenian Intellectual Property Office (SIPO)


Kotnikova 6, 1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 620 31 00

fax: +386 1 620 31 11

e-mail: sipo[@]


Director: Dr Jurij Žurej


The Slovenian Intellectual Property Office carries out proceedings in the field of intellectual property rights, namely proceedings for the grant of patents and supplementary protection certificates, proceedings for the registration of trademarks, industrial designs, topographies of integrated circuits and geographical indications, with exception of those relating to agricultural products, foodstuffs, and vines and other grape and wine products. In the field of copyright, it has competence to issue authorisations to organisations for collective management of authors’ and related rights, and to supervise the operation of such organisations.


In addition to these administrative tasks, the Office also prepares legal regulations in the field of intellectual property, and represents the Slovenian Government, in accordance with adopted positions, in the bodies of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the European Patent Organisation (EPO), as well as in intellectual property working parties of the EU Council, European Commission and OHIM - Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs).


The Office also provides a number of information services, and performs administrative tasks for the Conciliation Board which solves disputes between employers and employees that concern inventions created during employment, and for the Copyright Board.




Energy and Mining Inspectorate


Grajska ulica 2, 1410 Zagorje ob Savi

Phone: +386 1 420 44 02

fax: +386 1 433 10 31


Chief Energy Inspector: Jože Dimnik, MSc

e-mail: joze.dimnik[@]


The Energy and Mining Inspectorate performs assignments that involve overseeing implementation of the regulations and general documents regulating electrical and thermal energy. The inspectorate oversees whether legal persons or individuals adhere in their work to the laws, technical regulations, standards and other regulations governing the areas of electrical and thermal energy, the gas and oil pipeline networks and pressurised containers.



Institutions Operating within the Ministry s Area of Activity

Institute for Commodity Reserves

Dunajska 106, 1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 589 73 00

fax: +386 1 589 73 47

Director: Anton Zakrajšek


The Slovenian Institute for Commodity Reserves is a commercial public institution charged with establishing and utilising the national commodity reserves.



Public Agency of the RS for Entrepreneurship and Foreign Investments (JAPTI)

Verovškova 60, 1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 589 18 70

fax: +386 1 589 18 77


Director: Igor Plestenjak, MSc

e-mail: japti[@]


The mission of the Public Agency of the RS for Entrepreneurship and Foreign Investments (JAPTI) is to expand the effective support environment for faster development of the entrepreneurial sector, small businesses and self-employment in Slovenia, and to promote a culture of enterprise. The activities of the JAPTI proceed from the presumption that for successful development businesspersons require assistance in accessing information and consultancy services, accessing markets, obtaining access to partners and associates of high quality, accessing various forms of financing, obtaining premises and space, shortening administrative and other procedures in setting up companies, and expanding their operations.


Slovenian Tourist Board

Dimičeva 13, 1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 589 18 40,

fax: +386 1 589 18 41


Director: Maja Pak, MSc

e-mail: info[@]


The Slovenian Tourist Board is the umbrella national tourist organisation. Its activities include:

-promoting Slovenia as a tourist destination, tourist areas, programmes, integrated tourist products of national importance

-collecting, analysing and distributing information on the development of tourism which provides information support for strategic planning, and drafting the annual policies of tourist institutions at all levels and areas of operation

-establishing, maintaining and updating a comprehensive tourist information system

-promoting the integration of tourist services and the entrepreneurial innovation of providers, in particular with regard to developing and introducing new, integrated tourist products of national importance

-promoting partnerships between private and public tourist institutions on a local and regional level by introducing joint cooperation and the partnership financing of common promotional campaigns.


Official Slovenian Tourist Portal  – complete information about Slovenia for travel Europe.



Slovene Enterprise Fund

Trubarjeva 11, 2000 Maribor

Phone: + 386 2 234 12 60

fax: + 386 2 234 12 82


Director: Maja Tomanič - Vidovič, MA

e-mail: maja.tomanic-vidovic[@]


The Slovene Enterprise Fund is a central public finance institution established as a public financial fund on the basis of the Public Funds Act by the government of the Republic of Slovenia to improve access to financial sources for small and medium-sized companies.

In accordance with the Act Regulating the Supportive Environment for Entrepreneurship it became the Public Fund of the Republic of Slovenia, or the Slovene Enterprise Fund.

Its activities include the regulation of and contribution to the more efficient operation of business, financial leasing, other forms of loans and other financial intermediation.



SIST - Slovenian Institute for Standardization

Šmartinska cesta 140, 1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 478 30 13

fax: +386 1 478 30 94


Director: Marjetka Strle Vidali, MSc

e-mail: sist[@]


The Slovenian Institute for Standardisation (SIST) is the national standards authority, and is responsible for establishing, managing and maintaining the national system of standardisation in the area of electrical technology, information technology, telecommunications and also in general areas, and represents the national interests in international standardisation organisations (ISO, IEC) and in European standardisation organisations (CEN, CENELEC, ETSI).


SIST was set up by the RS to provide the permanent activity of Slovenian national standardisation in the public interest and to perform proprietary activities in the interest of users. The SIST secretariat, headed by the director, is the professional and administrative service that provides professional and technical support for official bodies and technical working bodies, and performs the marketing of products and services.



SA - Slovenian Accreditation

Šmartinska 140, 1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 478 30 80

fax: +386 1 478 30 85


Director: Dr Boštjan Godec

e-mail: bostjan.godec[@]


Slovenian Accreditation (SA) is a national accreditation institution which establishes and maintains an unbiased and independent system of accreditation in line with the SIST EN ISO/IEC 17011:2004 standard, thereby facilitating the transparency and credibility of accredited bodies for conformity assessment, such as calibration and testing laboratories, and certifying and control bodies.

In the manner and under the terms applicable to the public service, it performs the tasks of the national accreditation service in the Republic of Slovenia in accordance with the Accreditation Act and the Decision on the Establishment of the Public Institute of Slovenian Accreditation. SA operates as an independent service, performing accreditation procedures in such a way as to ensure that accreditations and accredited activities as well as the service itself are recognised as competent and reliable at the national and international level.

SA was established as a public institute by the Republic of Slovenia to perform accreditation procedures in the public interest, so that accreditations and accredited activities as well as the service itself are recognised as competent and reliable both nationally and internationally.



Agency for Radwaste Management (ARAO)

Parmova 53, 1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 236 32 00

Fax: +386 1 236 32 30


E-mail: public.arao[@]

Director: Vladislav Krošelj


The Agency for Radwaste Management (ARAO) is authorized for performing the public service of radioactive waste management, and therefore holds an important role in environmental protection and management. It was established in February 1991 by the Slovenian Government.

The most important missions of the ARAO are the following:

- Providing the conditions for final disposal of radioactive waste.

- Implementation of the public service of radioactive waste management.

- Communication with public, education and providing information.


Energy Agency of the Republic of Slovenia

Strossmayerjeva ulica 30, P. O. Box. 1579, 2000 Maribor


T+386 2 234 03 00

F+386 2 234 03 20

E info[@]

The Energy Agency has been operating since 2001. The mission is to provide for the impartiality and equality of all the participants in the energy markets, and to help set up the conditions necessary for an effective operation of these markets.


Fund for Financing Decommissioning of the Krsko Nuclear Power Plant and Disposal of Radioactive Waste from the Krsko NPP

Actin Director: Aleksandra Špiler

Cesta 4. julija 42, 8270 Krško


Tel.: +386 (0)7 49 01 710

Faks: +386 (0)7 49 02 841


E-mail: sklad[@]

Fund for Financing Decommissioning of the Krsko Nuclear Power Plant and Disposal of Radioactive Waste from the Krsko NPP has been entrusted a highly responsible task by the Slovene state - to collect the funds needed for a secure reposition of nuclear waste and the decommissioning of the Krsko NPP within the set time-frame. The Fund's operation and policies are expertise based, achieved results show that we are successful at what we do.