Lawyer at the Conference on the Establishment of Regions

Lawyer Rok Pleterski Puharič presented the impact of establishing regions on accessing European cohesion funds at a session of the expert group for drafting regional legislation on October 9, 2020, in the hall of the National Council. Our lawyer's paper was published in the Proceedings of the Regions in Slovenia (drafts of regional legislation with an overview of regional jurisdiction), Ljubljana: National Council of the Republic of Slovenia, 2020.

Lawyer Rok Pleterski Puharič again participated in a conference on the establishment of regions at the National Council on Monday, February 26, 2024, organized by the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia in collaboration with the Institute of Constitutional Law. The conference's purpose was to address issues related to the implementation of the constitutional provision on regions, adopted with wide political consensus, and to encourage preparations for their establishment.

The conference was chaired by Dr. Ciril Ribičič, Director of the Institute of Constitutional Law, and Leopold Pogačar, Deputy of the Working Group of the National Council for the Preparation of Regional Legislation.

Conference participants agreed that the constitutional provision (Article 143) from 2006 is binding for the establishment of regions and that both global and domestic crises have demonstrated the need for regionalization. This could contribute to more effective preventive measures and faster response to crises. Regions, as an intermediate level of governance between the state and municipalities, could stimulate cohesive regional development with their decisions on regionally significant investments, thereby reducing economic, social, and territorial disparities among different parts of Slovenia. Coordinated regional development is also crucial for a successful transition to a green and digital future.

When planning the optimal structure of regions, it is crucial to consider all relevant stakeholders and prevent excessive fragmentation. This means that regions should match the population size to realize regional development opportunities and contribute to more balanced regional development.

In addition to determining the regional structure, it is essential to ensure adequate human and financial resources for regions to effectively perform their tasks. The transfer of tasks from municipal and state authorities to regions requires a thoughtful approach, with public funds directed towards realizing local and regional interests rather than increasing bureaucratic apparatus. Conference participants emphasized the need to lead such a demanding project as the establishment of regions with great prudence.

For more details about the conference and the speakers, please visit the National Council website.

The full recording of the conference, held at the National Council, is available on the portal.

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