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Infrastructure Challenges

20.02.2015

Editorial

Train to the future - railway infrastructure is one of Slovenia’s main priorities. Photo: Mostphotos
According to finance minister Dušan Mramor, a strategy for a network of railway, road and other infrastructure, one of Slovenia's main priorities, can present Slovenia’s great competitive advantage, which can be used as a basis to build growth in the future. In order for Slovenia to keep its position on the European transport corridor, the modernisation of the entire rail connection from Koper to the Hungarian and Austrian borders, including building a second track, is strategically important. The infrastructure ministry will submit funding proposals to upgrade and modernise the railways to an EU call for proposals.

Appropriate rail and road infrastructure is particularly important for opening up and further developing the Port of Koper. With the transhipment of 674,000 containers in 2014, the Port ranked as the largest container port in the Adriatic for the fourth year running. With the deepening of the harbour, it can now allow larger ships to dock, and there is a plan to extend the first pier. This week, the first larger container ships from Asian ports to Koper arrived. For the cargo ships of the Danish Maersk Line and Swiss MSC, and French CMA-CGM, Chinese CSCL and Arab UASC, Koper is the first port of call in the Adriatic, which is especially important for business partners seeking the shortest transit times.

Prime Minister Miro Cerar recently discussed measures to boost the competitive edge of Slovenia's economy with members of the Slovenian Business Club, promising that the government would examine their proposals and respond to them soon. The PM highlighted that the government and the Slovenian Business Club share the same principle goal, as they both seek a more competitive, predictable and simple business environment which enables the development of a successful and socially responsible economy.

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić came for a two-day visit to Slovenia to discuss with his Slovenian counterpart Miro Cerar the further strengthening of economic cooperation, the integration of Serbia in the EU, regional cooperation and current international issues, such as the situation in Ukraine. The PMs are now attending a joint government session at Brdo pri Kranju, which will be followed by the signing of an agreement on cooperation on protection against natural and other disasters, and a memorandum of cooperation in the field of youth and sports by the education ministries.

Construction of the second track between Koper and Divača also with EU funding

According to the infrastructure minister, Peter Gašperšič, meeting the standards for European transport corridors is an urgent and crucial government priority. At its latest meeting, the government discussed the application to the CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) call for proposals and the possibility of acquiring funding for the construction of the second track of the rail connection between Divača and Koper. more...

Shared vision of development of Slovenia's economy

Prime Minister Miro Cerar recently discussed measures to boost the competitive edge of Slovenia's economy with members of the Slovenian Business Club, promising that the government would examine their proposals and respond to them shortly. In the discussion on the vision of Slovenia's economic policy, club members presented their proposals for concrete measures to improve the competitiveness of the economy in four areas: personal income and social security contributions, employment relationships, taxes and scholarships. more...

Brussels approves rural development programme 2014–2020

The European Commission confirmed Slovenia's Rural Development Programme for 2014–2020. This confirmation ensures 1.1 billion euros for the development of Slovenian agriculture and rural areas, with 838 million euros coming from the EU budget. Slovenia has thus been included in the first group of countries that will be able to implement the measures of the new programme period. Slovenia’s RDP focuses primarily on enhancing biodiversity, water and soil management, the competitiveness of the agrisector, and social inclusion and local development in rural areas. more...

Revamped Sinfo magazine

The Government Communication Office (UKOM) has been publishing Sinfo, an informative and promotional magazine in English, for several years. This year, the printed edition has been redesigned, with additional topics and pages added. Sinfo is a bi-monthly magazine that promotes Slovenia. It targets readers who already have business, political, cultural, scientific, sports, culinary or fashion links with Slovenia, foreigners living in Slovenia and elsewhere who are interested in the country and tourists who are only getting to know it. The new Sinfo is richer in content and pictures, and has more in-depth coverage of topics, publishing a diverse selection of interesting articles about Slovenia. more...

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