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SLOVENIA’S CHALLENGES 2020: A vision for the development and regulation of blockchain technology in modern society

Speech of the PM Miro Cerar

Dear attendees,


We live in a time of extraordinary opportunities and fundamental changes in our business and personal environments. We are continually faced with new challenges. Our country is part of global flows, and we are becoming an increasingly well-recognised player on the world map. Our goals and endeavours are reflected in our slogan “Slovenia – a green reference country in a digital Europe”. 


We are aware of the responsibilities brought by the dynamically changing digital environment, which affects all aspects of our livelihood. Comprehensive systemic solutions are a prerequisite for management of the digital environment. In Slovenia we have modernised our technology by transitioning to cloud-based solutions and are gradually building a centralised national key information infrastructure. We are increasing access to public data and we take the position that data which does not affect the interests of the individual or commercial enterprises is a public asset. 


At the same time, we have not forgotten about overhauling educational processes so that they will be more focused on understanding modern technologies, systems thinking and above all functional knowledge. We place particular emphasis on the use of business analytics and mega data as key factors in the understanding and smart management of complex social systems. The Slovenian Government has adopted strategic documents which define the development of the information society up to 2020. 


All strategies require individuals who believe in them and are willing to work unselfishly towards the realisation of the strategic objectives. And this means you, the new digital generation, who will help turn Slovenia into a “Green reference country in a digital Europe”. You are the people who will build our society’s digital transformation. You are aware that the exceptional technological developments in the area of digitalisation and the introduction of new technologies require a different, innovative approach, a visionary attitude and bold planning. You are characterised by fast responsiveness, lifelong learning, acceptance of change and the ability to work in groups. You are becoming a development visionaries. The state is here to help you and support you.


Successful Slovenian companies in the field of the use of blockchain technology are already ranked among the world’s leading developers of digital investment platforms, and therefore we want to position Slovenia as the most recognised blockchain destination in the European Union, which will have established all of the infrastructure necessary for its implementation and development. The regulatory bodies and ministries are already studying blockchain, and the state is participating in activities at European level in the area of the introduction and regulation of this technology. We are also already laying the foundations for the initial pilot testing of the technology in the state administration.


In order to transfer and spread this information, in cooperation with the Slovenian Digital Coalition we have established a “Blockchain Think Tank”, which connects all of the stakeholders and will also serve as a single contact point for discussions with the state. The think tank’s activities will be focused on education and awareness-raising, the drafting of legislative proposals and solutions, and linking Slovenian knowledge and awareness with respect to Industry 4.0. 

Slovenia as a whole is therefore setting itself up as a blockchain-friendly destination, and to that end it is establishing the pillars of a national blockchain ecosystem in the area of the transfer and spread of information, the adoption of legal regulations and the promotion of a supportive environment for the development of companies working in the area of blockchain technology.


After the difficult ordeal of the economic crisis, which drastically affected your generation as well, we are coming back to life, we are growing again, and we are finding that we are creating numerous success stories, which inspire us but also obligate us. We have emerged from the crisis stronger. I believe that using blockchain technology, you too will contribute to the writing of a new Slovenian success story.


We stand at the threshold of major changes. I shall always advocate for progress and modern technology. But alongside all of the new concepts in everyday life, we cannot forget about the most important one – people. We will have to work to ensure that the new technology is an asset to and improves our quality of life. Only then will we be able to say that we have made progress.


I wish you successful chaining of ideas.

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