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We have a responsibility to our own future

06.11.2015

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At a time when the world is being shaken by scandals, unrest and various crises, we are all trying to find the right way, the right direction, relying on different points of orientation. The extraordinary extent of the migration crisis which has become part of our everyday life is a good indicator of the current situation. We cannot deny it, as we are an active part of the bigger global story; but it is our duty to respond to the tremors correctly and in time. The government agrees that Slovenia needs a clear long-term vision of development. We have a responsibility to our future that is proportionate to the expectations of citizens. Therefore, the government has decided to write publish the vision in a people-friendly way that also takes account of their contribution.

One of major goals is to make a transition to a circular economy, which is the only way to ensure sustainable development and long-term prosperity. The government is aware that all policies, from tax and fiscal policy to public procurement and research, need to be systemically modified and is prepared for this. By recently approving the framework programme for the transition to a green economy it has taken the first step, and the action plan already includes activities for this year and the next to promote the transition to the new model. Environment commissioner Karmenu Vella is very optimistic about the European Commission’s ambitious package, as it will preserve high goals for waste and clearly link the smarter use of material and smart design with re-use, upcycling and recycling. He is also inspired by Slovenia’s example, as it has taken big steps in short time in the area of recycling.

Encouraging news also comes from the industry. According to the PM, Krka pharmaceuticals, with its speed, responsiveness, credibility and clear development strategy, is an excellent example for the whole of Slovenian society. This was obvious at the opening of Notol 2, the new Krka plant for manufacturing solid usage forms. Cerar compared Krka’s clear view of the future with Slovenia’s, which also needs a strategy of development and close collaboration between politics, the business sector and other stakeholders.

That people in Slovenia know how to work together and make decisions is also proven by the recognition of the Commission, which considers Slovenia’s smart specialisation models one of the best in the EU. By approving the document, we are transitioning to the implementation stage of a package of measures, including establishing management structures that help create the conditions for comprehensive support for research and innovation activities in order to transition to the market in priority areas.

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