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Slovenia must take advantage of its geostrategic position to strengthen its logistics

The Infrastructure Minister Peter Gašperšič at the Transport & Logistics Conference in Brussels today stressed the importance of logistics and transport for the economy and pointed out that it is imperative that Slovenia strengthens its role in the field of transport logistics. He added that in doing so Slovenia should take utmost advantage of its geostrategic position. "Logistics is an important part of the economy, and transport is a key part of logistics. Today the share of road transport in total transportation is over 80%, and this creates numerous challenges, linked to the need to shorten travel times, establishment of adequate infrastructure and incessant search for new quality solutions.

The Ministry of Infrastructure is committed to development, modernisation and maintenance of public road infrastructure, therefore currently much more funds than in the past are being are being destined for renovation of the existing road network. "We are aware that the exceptional geostrategic position of Slovenia within Europe requires good infrastructure. Recently huge advancements have been made on key infrastructure projects, such as the second track between Divača and Koper, the third road development axis between Dravograd and Vinica on the border with Croatia, and second tube of the Karavanke Tunnel; construction of these projects are planned to commence in the following years," said the Slovenian Minister.
 
Logistics is also one of the priorities in the Transport Development Strategy of the Republic of Slovenia to 2030. The Strategy considers all types of transport, but emphasises the importance of developing intermodal hubs in addition to the main Slovenian hubs already included in the core trans-European transport network. Our attention is also turned towards the development of small logistic centres and secure parking areas and protected car parks along Slovenian motorways.
 
The importance of intermodality and the modernisation of railway traffic was also highlighted by Mr Jure Leben, State Secretary, along with the importance of the Port of Koper within Slovenian and European logistics. "The Port of Koper is the shortest link between the Far East via the Suez Canal to Europe, this route is almost 2,000 nautical miles shorter than the route to Northern European ports and shortens sea time by almost five days", said the State Secretary.
 
He pointed out that the development of the Port of Koper, which will enable Slovenia to take advantage of its geostrategic position at the crossroads of key European transport corridors significantly depends on the construction of the second railway track between Divača and Koper.
 
Keynote speakers at the conference also included the Prime Minister of Slovenia Dr. Miro Cerar and the European Commissioner for Transport Ms. Violeta Bulc. The conference was also attended by other representatives of the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (Voice of European Railways). The conference was organised by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Slovenian Business and Research Association (SBRA).