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Slovenia in green



Slovenia is a land of forests, which have great economic potential. Photo: STA
Like it or not, figures are always deployed used by government policies to compare with others and analyse results. They may or not be positive, but they always provide (good) orientation and should never be a reason to rest on laurels.

Slovenia has received an example of such “laurels” from the Swiss Institute for Management Development, which ranked it 49th on a global competitiveness scoreboard among 61 countries, and said that the higher place was due to the recovery of the global economy, and largely due to exports and price competitiveness. The figure can be understood negatively, but it looks different if one considers that Slovenia has risen by six places since last year (while it ranked 32nd in 2009) and escaped several years of stagnation. Despite favourable rankings, Slovenia does not intend to ignore observation that there are many opportunities for improvement in the business environment, the labour market, the implementation of structural reforms, including health and pension reform, and in the area of foreign investment…

In order to attract foreign investors, Slovenian government recently approved a programme to promote internationalisation 2015-2020, as it is aware that foreign direct investment is one of the fastest- growing and most significant forms of international cooperation. The purpose of the programme is to provide the basis for creating an effective support environment for Slovenian companies which want to expand their business to the global market, and domestic and foreign companies that want to invest in Slovenia, which would naturally also help to promote the companies and the country. The government’s operational goal was to increase the number of new exporting companies by 0.5% annually, and the number of all companies supported by the programme by 5%.

Close economic cooperation can also extend to areas which may not seem important at first glance. This has been proven by the fact that Slovenia and China signed a memorandum on cooperation in forestry against the backdrop of ASEM meeting, thereby committing to strengthen cooperation by exchanging good practices and open possibilities to cooperate on the entire forestry wood chain.

Slovenia is also a land of forests, covering 58.4% of the country, which makes it the third most forested country in Europe, behind Sweden and Finland.

This week is the traditional week of forests in Slovenia, which is dedicated to forest management as the basic tool of the forester and forest owner to steer forest development. In this respect, PM Cerar said that wood should be defined as nationally strategic raw material for production and construction, which would open many new jobs and raise the value of the wood-processing industry. Many people are saying increasingly more often that forestry is and should be of even more exceptional significance for Slovenia.

In 1996, a 28-metre spruce from Slovenia adorned St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Perhaps when PM Cerar is visiting Pope Francis now, and with the coming 25th anniversary of Slovenian independence, there might be another initiative for a Christmas gift for the Pope from a Slovenian forest.

PM Cerar met Pope Francis at the Vatican

Prime Minister Miro Cerar met Pope Francis at the Vatican. They discussed relationships between Slovenia and the Holy See, which are amicable. They have similar views on a number of international issues. more...

International challenges and the internationalisation of the Slovenian economy

At it's session, the government adopted the programme to promote internationalisation 2015-2020, which is an inseparable part of the efforts for Slovenia’s development strategy, which is intended to achieve prosperity and sustainable development of Slovenia. more...

Government approves the act on the repayment of LB savers

The government approved the draft act on the method of executing the judgement of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Ališić and others vs. successor states of the former Socialist Former Republic of Yugoslavia. more...

Presidents of Slovenia, Austria and Hungary meet at Tromejnik to celebrate the European Day of Parks

Slovenia’s president, Borut Pahor, and Heinz Fischer and János Áder, presidents of Austria and Hungary, respectively, met at Tromejnik to honour the European Day of Parks. more...

Slovenia and China to boost cooperation in forestry

Against the backdrop of the ASEM meeting, Slovenia and China signed a memorandum on cooperation in forestry. The memorandum will mean greater cooperation in forestry, particularly the exchange good practices, and opens up other opportunities for cooperation in the entire forest wood chain. more...

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