The Government of the Republic of Slovenia met on Thursday on a working consultation dedicated to the issues of circular economy. Prime Minister Miro Cerar invited the former European Commissioner and Co-President of the United Nations International Resource Panel (IRP) Janez Potočnik to attend the consultation panel.
The panel is the first event in the month dedicated to the circular economy, in which numerous activities aimed at promoting and encouraging circular economy on the national and local level will be organised. These events confirm the commitment to pursue the set objective for "Green. Creative. Smart." Slovenia.
The global platform "Green Destinations" declared Slovenia the world's first green destination. The renowned Yale University ranked it as the fifth greenest country in the world. This year, Slovenia's capital Ljubljana is the European Green Capital. Green, that is what Slovenia is. The commendations received confirm that Slovenia sets an example for many. It is not merely the magnificent unspoilt nature, but the fact that Slovenians live and act in a responsible and sustainable manner in all areas.
The transition to a circular economy offers an economic model that replaces the current wastage of natural resources with a more responsible attitude. The circular economy is essential for completing the transition into a sustainable society and provides an opportunity for a new innovative kick-start. The implementation of the circular economy also creates opportunities for economic growth and strengthening international competitiveness, and, at the same time, reduces the environmental risks that adversely affect the quality of life and the prosperity of people. And let’s not forget, that Slovenia is already one of the top performers among the European states as regards recycling of waste.
The Government has been implementing this vision at an accelerated pace, by introducing a series of measures aimed at supporting the developing green economy and smart specialisation. At the beginning of October, Slovenia has also joined the international Circular Economy 100 Ellen MacArthur Foundation programme as a Government and Cities member, in order to develop new opportunities, advance circular economy thinking and practices, and to collaborate with business and academic community on innovative solutions.