Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning


dr. Roko Žarnić (photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA, source: UKOM)

dr. Roko Žarnić

Prof. Dr. Roko Žarnić, Civ.Eng. was born in Ljubljana on 9 April 1950.  He is married and has one son.  He  graduated in 1974 from the Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy of the University of Ljubljana, and received his master's degree there in 1985 and his Ph.D. in 1992.  After graduation in 1974, he was employed at the Institute for Research into Materials and Structures (ZRMK) in Ljubljana, started his career as a researcher and reached the position of Acting Director-General in 1992. In 1993, he obtained the position of Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy of the University of Ljubljana.  In addition, he remained employed on a part time basis at ZRMK in leading positions until 2  February 2010. In 1999, he visited the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA as a Fulbright Scholar and in 2006 spent six months at the Research Institute of the European Commission JRC IPSI ELSA in Ispra, Italy as a national detached expert.


He was elected Assistant Professor in 1993, Associate Professor for the first time in 1998 and again in 2003, each time in the field of testing materials and structures. In 2009, he was elected to the title of Full Professor in the field of construction materials.  In 1995, in the process of the reorganization of the faculty, he established the Chair of Testing Materials and Structures, which he led until February 2010.


His research career in ZRMK started in earthquake engineering, in which he performed a number of laboratory and field investigations and research into the behaviour of structures. In particular, he focused on research into the seismic resistance of masonry buildings, most of which belonged to the cultural heritage.  He has developed and field-tested methods of repairing and consolidating masonry structures. He contributed to the post-earthquake renovation of the Posočje region after the first earthquake in 1977 and in Montenegro after the earthquake in 1979.  His significant contributions to international knowledge in the field of earthquake engineering include the development of an experimentally supported computational model for non-linear analysis of the response of buildings with masonry infilled frames, which was the basis of his master's and doctoral studies.  On his arrival at the university, he continued his work on brick and wooden construction elements and, in the last eight years, also on the development of structures of reinforced plastic.  His research interest has recently also extended to the field of modern constructions of load-bearing laminated glass.  He has participated in the preparation of a new generation of Eurocodes for reinforced plastic and glass constructions. A major part of his research efforts was devoted to the protection and preventive conservation of buildings of the cultural heritage. He established the Slovenian Construction Technology Platform in 2004, has coordinated Group 4, for the Environment and Civil Engineering at the Council on Competitiveness of the Republic of Slovenia since 2008 and since 2009 he has been a member of the scientific council of the programming guide for the national budget of Slovenia. Since the establishment of the European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP, ) in 2004, he has been a member of its leadership and coordinator of the Focus Area Cultural Heritage (FACH).


He has taken part in a number of national and international research projects. The most significant were six bilateral, eight EUREKA, six COST and 14 projects funded under framework programs of the European Commission. The first two were already funded in the 4th FP (1992-1996), the last four have been funded within the 7th FP.  He coordinates an international consortium for one of these projects. He has co-organized three international conferences in the field of renovation of the cultural heritage (1995 Ljubljana/Bled, Cavtat 2006, Ljubljana 2008) The results of his research have been published in three monographs, nine chapters in books, fifty three  contributions to national and eighty seven to international conferences and thirty four articles in national and international journals. In the ISI database there are 46 citations of his work and even more in contributions at conferences and in books by foreign authors.  He has participated in more than ten committees of scientific conferences, as documented in their journals. He is a reviewer of project proposals for the Italian Ministry of Science and Higher Education and in Slovenia.  He has been invited to give a total of about thirty lectures at universities and institutes in the USA, Mexico, China, India, Italy, Croatia, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Hungary and Turkey. His research achievements have been recognised by the Boris Kidrič Fund Award in 1986, Municipality of Ljubljana Bežigrad Award in 1987, Slovenian Chamber of Engineers Award in 2008 and gold plaque of UL FGG at its 90th anniversary.


His research and professional activities have been supported by the research work of students who have achieved professional degrees under his supervision. A total of sixty students have completed graduation, six have achieved their master’s degree and four a doctoral degree.


The results of his teaching, research and technical work have been published in a number of titles, listed in the database under code  05772.



State Secretary

Peter Gašperšič

dr. Peter Gašperšič

Peter Gašperšič, born on 19 September 1965 in Novo mesto, holds a PhD in Civil Engineering. In October 1996, he was employed at IMOS d.d. as a research project manager. In 1997, he passed the Construction Act's professional examination in the field of construction. Between 1998 and 2003, he continued to work as a project manager with IMOS d.d. during the construction of the Mostec residential neighbourhood in Ljubljana and on other projects.  During his career, he became knowledgeable with all aspects of project management in construction, such as: obtaining the work, designing, project execution and supervision. From April 2003 he worked at the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning. He was responsible for the preparation of construction and technical regulations, which ensured the meeting of key requirements for buildings, in accordance with the Construction Act. Starting in March 2009, he served as the Head of the Motorways division at the Roads Directorate at the Ministry of Transport, and since May 2010 he has been employed at the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning as the Deputy Director-General of the Environment Directorate.




Dr Roko Žarnić

Phone: +386 1 478 73 00

fax: +386 1 478 74 27

e-mail: roko.zarnic[@]


State Secretary

Peter Gašperšič

Phone: +386 1 478 7350

fax: +386 1478 7446

e-mail: peter.gaspersic[@]


Minister's Office

Head of the Office:

Klemen Grebenšek, MSc

Phone: +386 1 478 7429

fax: +386 1 478 7427

e-mail: klemen.grebensek[@]



Radovanka Petrić, MSc


Phone: +386 1 478 7370

fax: +386 1 478 7423

e-mail: radovanka.petric[@] 


Public Relations Department

Head: Darija Dolenc

Phone: +386 1 478 74 93

fax: +386 1 478 74 15

e-mail: darija.dolenc[@]




Environment Directorate

Phone: +386 1 478 73 10

fax: +386 1 478 74 25

Director-General: Barbara Avčin Tržan

e-mail: barbara.avcin-trzan[@]


Spatial Planning Directorate

Phone: +386 1 478 70 14

fax: +386 1 478 70 10

Director-General: Dr Mitja Pavliha

e-mail: mitja.pavliha[@]


European Affairs and Investments Directorate

Phone: +386 1 478 73 40

fax: +386 1 478 74 19

Director-General: Bojan Dejak

e-mail: bojan.dejak[@]



Main Areas of Activity

The Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning ensures a healthy environment for all the inhabitants of Slovenia, encouraging and coordinating efforts aimed at sustainable development grounded in social well-being, and based on the prudent use of natural resources. As Slovenia is a member of the EU, the Ministry ensures that environmental infrastructure standards and measures are in line with EU legislation, especially regarding adequate water supplies, water quality, and the sustainable exploitation of surface and subterranean waters and the sea, since water is one of Slovenia’s most important natural resources. It also ensures the inclusion of environmental costs at the company level and in the national economy.


In achieving the aims of sustainable development, the Ministry establishes cooperation with local communities on the principles of partnership and subsidiarity. It ensures flexibility in creating and implementing policies and measures of sustainable development by promoting cooperation among individuals, groups and organisations of civil society. Because adaptation to ever more severe climate changes is one of the key challenges of our time, the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning strives to strengthen awareness of the shared responsibility of all the inhabitants of Slovenia for the environment and the way it is used.


It strives to increase public awareness of the need to preserve a natural balance and biological diversity in Slovenia, in the conviction that this represents an important birthright for future generations.


The Ministry directs the spatial development of our cities, towns and villages in such a way as to retain and develop characteristics of the architectural heritage of the built environment, as well as the cultural landscape, while facilitating economic, social and cultural development. It also promotes and regulates all the necessary instruments for achieving the quality of buildings and civil engineering works. It thereby ensures the quality of the built environment and devises the rules and mechanisms necessary to ensure the safety of people and their property.


It ensures spatial development in such a way that human activity will be least affected in the event of natural disasters, and also creates mechanisms for relief in times of natural disaster.



Bodies affiliated to the Ministry

Environmental Agency of the RS

Vojkova cesta 1b, 1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 478 40 00

fax: +386 1 478 40 52

e-mail: gp.arso[@]



Director General: Dr Silvo Žlebir

e-mail: silvo.zlebir[@]


The Environmental Agency of the RS performs expert, analytical, regulatory and administrative tasks in the area of the environment on the national level. Its mission is to monitor, analyse and predict natural phenomena and processes in the environment, and to reduce the danger to people and their property from natural phenomena. The range of duties in this area includes the national services for meteorology, hydrology and seismology. The Agency also monitors environmental pollution and ensures the quality of public environmental data. To this end, it has at its disposal a suitable measurements network and laboratories. Extremely important here, too, is fulfilment of the requirements of environmental protection deriving from the valid regulations, preserving natural resources and biodiversity and ensuring Slovenia’s sustainable development.


The Agency contributes towards dealing with environmental problems to the greatest extent by implementing environmental legislation. It conducts administrative procedures with those liable to pay environmental contributions: water rates, water burden taxes, taxes for burdening the air with carbon dioxide emissions and taxes for burdening the environment through waste disposal.


It issues a variety of environmental protection permits, and mention should be made here of an especially challenging project of issuing permits for large-scale polluters – IPPC permits. It keeps records of emissions, orders and monitors the implementation of rehabilitation programmes and so forth.


It works to provide comprehensive solutions to issues in the area of climate change. This change is the consequence in part of excessive emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The Agency monitors these emissions, records them and through appropriate systemic measures brings influence to bear in reducing them. Since climate change is manifested in Slovenia through changes in the precipitation regime, temperature change and more frequent violent weather phenomena, the professional services at the same time monitor the consequences of climate change and through individual departments draw up programmes to reduce its consequences and adapt to it. A special part in this process is played by water management.


Special attention is paid to raising public awareness about the environment and environmental issues. To this end, they have obtained a certificate for a system of quality management according to the international standard ISO 9001:2000, and prior to this they obtained a certificate for the calibration laboratory and chemical analysis laboratory. They have been led to establish the system of quality and as a consequence of acquiring the quality certificate in part by special requirements in the area of aviation meteorology.


Surveying and Mapping Authority of the RS

Zemljemerska ulica 12, 1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 478 48 0,

fax: +386 1 478 48 34




Director-General: Aleš Seliškar

e-mail: ales.seliskar[@]


The Surveying and Mapping Authority of the RS is responsible for handling primary data on the physical environment and real estate in organised databases. It provides services related to the recording of changes in the physical environment and real estate, acts as coordinator in the area of the real estate system and the spatial data infrastructure, and in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance, conducts mass real estate evaluation in order to ensure the basis for successful and efficient real estate management, as well as to ensure the data for objective and comprehensive taxation and improvement of the real estate market. It ensures conditions for the execution of geodetic measurements and for a state coordinating system, which is compliant with the European coordinating system. The strategic goals support the development of the real estate system and the topographical system in order to support the implementation of spatial and environment planning policy, as well as agricultural and land policies on the basis of real estate and spatial data or other indices based on this data.


Furthermore, the development of a primary geodetic system in order to develop modern methods for geodetic measurement, data gathering and the introduction of new services based on satellite technology for determining location (location services) is also one of the strategic goals of the administration.


Slovenian Nuclear Safety Administration

Železna cesta 16, 1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 472 11 00

fax: +386 1 472 11 99

e-mail: snsa[@]



Director- General: Dr Andrej Stritar

e-mail: andrej.stritar[@]


The Slovenian Nuclear Safety Administration (SNSA) is responsible for undertaking specialised expert and developmental administrative tasks and inspection supervision in the following areas: radiation and nuclear safety; the execution of radiological activities and the use of sources of radiation (with the exception of health-care and veterinary medicine); the protection of the environment against ionising radiation of traffic, transport and the handling of nuclear and radioactive materials; the supervision and material balance of nuclear materials; non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and the protection of nuclear items; monitoring the state of radiation in the environment; responsibility for nuclear damage; qualified personnel who use nuclear facilities and their training, ensuring quality in this area; prompt announcements of nuclear and radiological accidents; and international cooperation in the administration’s areas of work.



Inspectorate for the Environment and Spatial Planning

Dunajska cesta 47, 1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 420 44 88

fax: +386 1 420 44 91



Chief National Inspector: Aleksandra Velkovrh

e-mail: aleksandra.velkovrh[@]


The Inspectorate of the RS for the Environment and Spatial Planning supervises the implementation of legislation, other regulations and general acts regulating: the protection of the environment and the countryside, and the ecological control of the national border; the water regime, water regulation and management; spatial planning, urban planning and construction work; the meeting of basic building requirements; housing affairs; geodesic activities.