Slovenia aims to become a leader in the circular economy

Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

The 2nd International Conference on the Circular Economy – the Circular Change Conference – was held in Ljubljana and Maribor on Thursday and Friday. The conference was organised by the integrative platform Circular Change , and its honorary sponsor was Prime Minister Miro Cerar.

The entire conference was designed as a two-day journey through three key aspects of the transition to a circular economy: systemic (regulatory), business (transformation of business models into circular models) and cultural (recalibration of values), which is synthesised into the concept of a circular triangle.

The various aspects of the transition to a circular economy were covered by different speakers at the conference, and the programme included an exceptionally high-quality international panel of speakers. The international policy aspect was addressed among others by the Italian and Dutch ambassadors to Slovenia, Paolo Trichilo and Erik Van Uum.

A transition to a circular economy is paramount for a higher quality of life, speakers stressed at the outset of the Circular Change Conference in Ljubljana. Moreover, several speakers highlighted the financial benefits of a transition to circular economy.

Slovenia, a green reference country in digital Europe

PM Miro Cerar. Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar attended the Circular Change Conference in Maribor. Addressing participants at the event, he said that he saw the conference as a unique opportunity for Slovenia to present itself as an ambitious country that has set itself the goal of standing side by side with global green leaders. 

Slovenia aims to become a green reference country in a digital Europe and a regional leader in the field of the systemic transition to a circular economy. The Government of the Republic of Slovenia is aware that the transition to a circular economy involves major systemic changes, Mr Cerar said, "but at the same time it does not wish to merely follow global trends. Instead, it wishes to play an active part in shaping them in the future." Slovenia, he underlined, enjoys numerous comparative advantages such as natural riches, a favourable geostrategic position, strong research institutions, circular pioneers both in the business enterprise sector and in local communities, and, above all an informed and motivated population. The Government's vision will thus be to establish Slovenia on the global map as a circular leader.