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Social enterpreneurship as a new opportunity

16.01.2015

Editorial

The Slovenian company Elan Inventa equipped three sports halls in Quatar with sports equipment for the handball championship. Photo: Elan Inventa photo archives
In the past week, Slovenia paid respect to the victims of the attacks in France: as a gesture of opposition against violence and the support of the freedom of expression the Slovenian journalists raised their pens, while the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs attended the mass unity rally commemorating the victims of atrocities in Paris.

“We support the freedom of expression and thought, this is why we are here and to show that we will strive for this constantly. We should not attribute violence to some religions,” said Mr Cerar, who visited the French Embassy in Ljubljana before leaving for Paris and signed the book of condolences.

Slovenia remains a safe country. The terrorist attacks in France have not affected national security. Therefore, the National Security Council, which was convened by the PM following Paris attacks, decided to keep the security threat level with regard to international terrorism unchanged, i.e. low. Nevertheless, the government and competent bodies are carefully monitoring the situation and cooperating with security services of partner countries.

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In this week, the government focused particularly on determining priority projects that will be carried out in 2015 or later. One of the crucial criteria was the developmental aspect and direct benefit or improvement it will bring to users and providers.

One of such projects is definitely the project of promoting the development of social entrepreneurship, cooperatives, creative industries and economic democracy, which was the subject of consultations between the representative of the government, social economy sector and the support environments.

This is one of the ten strategic projects defined in the coalition agreement of the current government.

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