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Prime minister Cerar at the World Economic Forum in Davos

 

Slovenian prime minister Dr Miro Cerar is attending the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), which is taking place this year under the title of “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”. A number of discussions on various topics will take place at the 48th Forum. The Slovenian prime minister will focus most strongly on the importance of the circular economy for sustainable growth and development, and on a vision for the future of Europe. Dr Cerar today took part in a panel looking at the issue of the circular economy, where he presented the achievements so far and Slovenia’s plans in this area.

 

Slovenia is one of the countries that have placed the transition to a circular economy among their strategic priorities. To this end, it has identified four key areas, which represent the first epicentres of circularity: manufacturing, timber chains, food systems and mobility. A circular economy is a systemic orientation on the part of the state and has been installed as one of the 12 objectives of the Slovenian 2030 development strategy, which has set the framework within which the state will achieve the sustainable development objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted at the UN summit of September 2015.

 

The circular economy, which is also a green economy, represents an opportunity for the development of new green technologies, the creation of green jobs, the more effective management of natural resources, and the promotion and development of Slovenian know-how. It provides an opportunity for economic growth and for strengthening international competitiveness, at the same time reducing environmental risks, which have a negative impact on quality of life and prosperity. Slovenia is therefore systematically formulating a series of measures and activities towards realising the vision of Slovenia as a green reference country in a digital Europe.

 

“The rapid tempo at which we are using up our natural resources – a trend that shows no sign of stopping – threatens the future of life on our planet. From a moral standpoint, this is simply not acceptable. Slovenia’s rapid economic growth gives us encouragement, but at the same time sets us the challenge of how to formulate policy in such a way that allows economic growth to continue without leading to a growth in the consumption of our natural resources. Slovenia is actively supporting projects towards a circular economy: at the national level, in local communities and among enterprises,” said Dr Cerar at today’s panel in the Swiss town of Davos.

   

“We are also taking part in this year’s meeting in Davos because we are acknowledged to be one of the most progressive countries in terms of introducing a circular economy,” said the Slovenian prime minister. He also announced that Slovenia would, in cooperation with the Netherlands, Finland and Luxembourg, be preparing an initiative to support a transition to a circular economy with the aim of ensuring that the 2030 Agenda is realised. At the forum, PM Cerar also announced that Slovenia would be setting up a “Circular Hub” in 2018 as part of the global Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE).

 

Tomorrow, Dr Cerar will attend a meeting with Malala Yousafzaias, events forming part of “Europe Day” and a panel on the future of Europe; he will also attend the economic summit organised by president of the World Economic Forum Børge Brende. His working day will conclude at the FutureHack Awards Ceremony, at which he will present Slovenia’s award.

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