Centre for European Perspective is hosting the 5th International Study Visit in Slovenia this week. The event begun on Monday, 13th of May at Jable Castle.

There are currently 17 local officials, entrepreneurs and business associations from Ukraine taking part in the study visit. The topic of the visit is “Role of Business Organisation’s cooperation with local communities”.

The first day started by an opening delivered by our Executive Director Katja Geršak who welcomed the participants and introduced keynote speakers, mag. Aleš Cantarutti, State Secretary and Marko Drofenik, Director General from the Directorate for Regional Development, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Slovenia. All the speakers welcomed our participants, expressed their satisfaction that such projects are happening, and hope they will continue in a meaningful manner.

We were also thrilled to host Andrii Borodenkov and Oleksandra Yanushevska from the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Slovenia, who have been present in all of the study visits so far.

The content part of the visit started by a presentation delivered by Irena Meter, from SPIRIT Slovenia – Public Agency for Entrepreneurship, Internationalization, Foreign Investments and Technology, who focused on incentives for companies in Slovenia, its program and activities. The presentation that followed was organized by Zoran Stamatovski, who focused on Systemic approach to business environment development; Small business assistance programs and Local communities in the developing business environment.

Third on the agenda was Gorazd Jenko, expert on Smart specialization strategy of Slovenia from the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy, who focused on Challenges of Slovenia and answers from the S3 strategy, projects under the S3 strategy, bilateral national and local partnerships.

Finally, participants were addressed by Matej Rogelj  from Chamber of commerce and Industry of Slovenia, who focused on Forms of organization in associations and chambers; Local and regional forms of associations and Cooperation between the Private and Public Sector.

In the following days, the participants will learn more about doing business in Slovenia and about Slovenian business associations. They will meet representatives from the Local Entrepreneurs Club in Kamnik, visit their incubator Kik Štarter, as well as Technology Park Ljubljana, join a business breakfast with Local Business Global Network, meet the mayor of Kamnik and visit Graz and the region of Styria.

The visit is taking place in the framework of the multi-donor action U-LEAD established by the European Union and its Member States Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Poland and Sweden. It aims at contributing to the establishment of multilevel governance that is transparent, accountable and responsive to the needs of the population of Ukraine. U-LEAD with Europe is supporting the Ukrainian Government, represented by the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine (MinRegion) as a key political partner in the coordination and implementation of the decentralization and regional policy reforms. The Program carries out demand-driven and targeted trainings for officials at the national, regional and local level.