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Slovenia to aMaze

13.02.2015

Editorial

Slovenia needs the champion spirit and Tina Maze showed us how to achieve our goals – being ourselves, not afraid of steep slopes and falls, but determined to continue on our way. Photo: STA
Amazing! How else can we start this week’s editorial if not in a winning mood. The Slovenian ski champion Tina Maze has passed another landmark, and with her strong focus, dedication, energy and talent has found her optimal balance. Politicians, policy makers and all of us in general should strive for such efficiency and apply it in practice whenever possible. We need this champion spirit and Tina showed us how to achieve our goals – by being ourselves, not afraid of steep slopes and falls, but determined to continue on our way.

The Slovenian government is facing several crucial decisions, including the preparation and adoption of the development strategy. In this respect, infrastructure is of key significance, as it is a prerequisite for the development of other areas. According to the prime minister Miro Cerar, the main challenge will be how to design development projects within the perspective of sustainable principles and criteria. In the development of infrastructure, the government is trying to equal account of environmental and economic sustainability. Together with experts, the government will promote infrastructural shifts which the country urgently needs. Slovenia must build many things it has not managed in the past, and become more ambitious and active, said the PM. He stressed that he understands the infrastructure that needs development more broadly, not only in terms of energy and transport, but also through the significance and range of education, personal relationships and civic and political culture. This entails both the modernisation of railways, roads, improving the energy efficiency of buildings, and training in personal relationships, civil and political culture. “If we do this, and I am an optimist, Slovenia will exit the crisis to become a dynamic and developmentally successful country, which will also do something for future generations.”

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