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LEADERSHIP

Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning

Simon Zajc

25. 6. 2019

 
Simon Zajc has a degree in criminal justice and security. Until his nomination as Minister, he was a state secretary responsible for environment. He is a member of the inter-ministerial working group for the implementation of the final judgement of the arbitration tribunal on the border between the Republic of Slovenia and the Republic of Croatia, the head of the negotiating team that will represent the Republic of Slovenia in negotiations with Austria regarding the possibility of filing a compensation claim against the company responsible for the flooding of the Drava river in 2012, and the head of the inter-ministerial working group for the harmonisation of legislation upon ratification of the amendment adding the right to drinking water to the Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia. Earlier he held the office of deputy to the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia. As the Vice-Chair of the Agriculture, Forestry and Food Committee, he focused on the development of Slovenia's agriculture and the revival of the forest-wood chain, and was a public advocate for the regulation of cannabis.

 
Prior to his election to the National Assembly, he was a sole proprietor and later a co-owner and director of UPLU d.o.o., whose primary activity is video production. He established the company after many years of work in the media world. He was a member of the Ceh za smeh team, and worked as a journalist for Radio Gama MM, Paprika TV, Cosmopolitan magazine, Net TV and Radio Orion. Simon Zajc is also a volunteer firefighter.
 
 

State Secretary for Spatial Planning

Aleš Prijon

 

Aleš Prijon holds a degree in Architecture. He is an authorized architect and spatial planner, and  the former President of the Chamber of Architecture and Spatial Planning of Slovenia (ZAPS). He was employed with the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, worked as an assistant at the Faculty of Architecture, and most recently was the Director of the Prima company. Prijon has participated in multimedia projects and theatre set designs; he was also a member of The Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) art movement. He has published several articles in professional journals and newspapers. Over the past fifteen years he has worked as an architect, a responsible design engineer for architecture or a responsible head of project, in designing projects for obtaining a building permit, and leading the production of site development documentation and main dossiers of plans for obtaining a building permit. As a responsible spatial planner, he led the production of spatial planning documents. As the President of the ZAPS, he constructively cooperated with the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning in adopting new spatial and construction legislation.

 

State secretary for Environment

Marko Maver

Marko Maver graduated in environmental policy and economics from the University of Maryland (USA) and obtained his master’s degree in globalisation and development and his PhD in international environmental protection law at the University of Sheffield (United Kingdom). He has published numerous professional articles and has lectured at universities and organisations abroad, primarily on the topic of environmental protection and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from industry.

 
He was employed as an advisor at Ernst & Young Slovenia and managed environmental projects organised by Bellona Europa aisbl, Brussels (Belgium); as a State Secretary at the Office of the Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning he was engaged in the most demanding tasks of managing, advising on and designing key system solutions.
He has participated in major Slovenian projects, served a traineeship at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington, USA, during the Slovenian EU Council Presidency, and was also involved in organising the 5th Bled Strategic Forum.

 
In his spare time, he is a keen runner and aviation enthusiast; he encourages others to live a healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle.