Investment Opportunities in Slovenia

Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 11. – 13. september 2017


11 September 2017 – local regions, majors and opportunities of public-private partnerships
12 September 2017 – Presentation of the State strategy and new investments options
13 September 2017 – future investments and partner synergy in Slovenia and abroad


Simultaneous translation into English will be provided.


  • 11.9.2017
  • 12.9.2017
  • 13.9.2017

Local regions, majors and opportunities of public-private partnerships


Zoran Janković, Major of the City of Ljubljana

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Public-private partnership - opportunities to develop our environment

Nevenka Kržan, senior partner at KPMG


  • Public-private partnership as a widespread form of public and private cohabitation
  • Examples from global practice
  • Opportunities of public-private partnerships in Slovenia
9.15 am – 9.45 am

Intelligent Community strategy

Mitja Kumar, partner at Deloitte


  • What are the trends in Intelligent Communities, how are cities and municipalities influenced by challenges, such as limited budget, higher infrastructure demands, social and economic inequality, urbanisation, populism, etc.
  • Do politics stimulate the growth of intelligent communities in Slovenia?
  • How can innovations be stimulated in municipalities?
9.45 am – 10.15 am

BREAK from 10:15 am to 10:30 am

Eco Fund and its financial incentives

Hinko Šolinc, general manager


  • Investments for which favourable loans and grants are available
  • How to gain favourable loans and grants
  • Amount of incentives and available resources
10.30 am – 11.00 am

Reducing and managing investment risks

Angelo Žigon, general manager at Elea IC


  • Long-term hidden investment savings
  • Main differences between inexpensive and expensive construction
  • Important factors for experienced real estate investors
  • New directions within the evolution and construction of buildings
11.00 am – 11.30 am

Invest in Maribor

Andrej Fištravec, Mayor of the City of Maribor
Marko Kovačič, representative for economic activity


  • strategic projects
  • potentials for industry development
11.30 am – 12.05 pm

Invest in Ormož

Karmen Štumberger, vodja oddelka za gopsodarske dejavnosti MO Ormož

Jurij Dogša, upravitelj TSO 


  • potenciali za razvoj industrij
  • strateški projekt  TSO
12.05 pm – 12.15 pm

BREAK from 12:15 pm to 12:30 pm

How can one win elections by attracting foreign investors?

Domen Kos, general manager of the Institute for Political Management

12.30 pm – 1.00 pm

Round-table: How can city elections be won with a successful vision and strategy?

Zoran Janković, Boris Popovič, Andrej Fištravec, PhD, Gregor Macedoni

Round-table moderated by: Igor E. Bergant

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

LUNCH BREAK from 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Smart system of integrated healthcare

Peter Pustatičnik, leader of eZdravje and eOskrba department at TELEKOM Slovenije


  • Trends in the evolution of remote healthcare
  • How to ensure a longer, safer and a higher quality of living of seniors in their homes
  • How to ensure a more efficient use of resources for healthcare
  • The innovative E-oskrba service as a global example of good practice
  • The Varni in Povezani na Domu project (senior-friendly municipalities)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Nanotourism: an opportunity for villages and small towns

Aljoša Dekleva, general manager at Dekleva Gregorič architects and programme manager at AA Visiting School nanotourism



  • Opportunity for villages and small towns
  • Constructive criticism of negative influences of mass tourism
  • Co-creating and socially-responsible experiences with the use of local resources
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

New developmental partnership models in the field of rural development

Tanja Čajavec, general manager at GRIFFIN


  • Innovative strategic networks for the rural development
  • Presentation of partnership model in the construction of accommodation units
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

How can a development obstacle become a development opportunity?

Janko Boštjančič, general manager at Park of Military History


  • Park of Military History – example of successful use of EU funds
  • Ravne Manor, the castle of Sleeping Beauty is waking up – concept of redecorating an abandoned manor into an extraordinary tourism facility
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Energy renovation of buildings and European funding

Franc Pojbič, general manager at Eips


  • An opportunity for science and technology (public and private sector and owners)
  • The role and tasks of municipalities during the energy renovation – task management for acquiring European resources
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Afternoon workshop for majors

Gorazd Ocvirk, PhD, general manager at Deloitte

Polona Čufer Klep, senior manager at Deloitte


  • How to achieve the bankability of a project
  • How to prepare a great feasibility study and CBA
  • What is invested and how to create an investment platform
  • What do EIB/SID/financiers look for
  • How to gain resources to prepare projects via EIB Advisory Hub

Presentation of the State strategy and new investments options

State measures in the field of development of industry and opportunities for investors

Ministry of Economic Development and Technology


  • Presentation of the draft for the new Act on Foreign Investments
  • Presentation of development and investments opportunities
8:30 am - 9:00 am

Global flows of foreign direct investments and their importance for Slovenia

Matej Skočir, Spirit sector leader


  • Comparison of Slovenia and foreign markets
  • Slovenia’s advantages compared to foreign markets
9:00 am - 9:30 am

Models of management of State RE property and challenges for Slovenia

Tomaž Klemenc, D.S.U., d.o.o., Ljubljana


  • EU and examples of good practices of managements State RE property and challenges for Slovenia
  • D.S.U. and its activities in management of RE property and investment
9:30 am - 10:00 am

BREAK from 10:00 am to 10:15 am

Brussels’ standpoint on Slovenia and its opportunities

Draško Veselinovič, PhD, President of the Slovenian Business and Research Association (SBRA), Brussels


  • How is Slovenia seen politically
  • How is Slovenia seen macroeconomically
  • How is Slovenia seen in business and investments
  • Real opportunities for Slovenia seen by Brussels
  • What has Slovenia to offer and what it actually offers
10:15 am - 10:45 am

Make the future - invest today in circular economy

Ladeja Godina Košir – leader and CEO of Circular Change platform


  • Circular economy – a positive disruption
  • sLOVEnia – an excellent playground in which models of circular businesses develop
  • Circular Change – an international inclusive stakeholder platform for new ground breakers in the circular economy
10:45 am - 11:00 am

BAMC - opportunities of a joint development and partnership

Domen Nahtigal, PhD, Head of Real Estate Portfolio, DUTB d.d.


  • Land for development (development is an English word)
  • Opportunities to establish a public-private partnership for the development and completion of projects
11:00 am - 11:30 am

Investments in real estate funds - opportunities for private and institutional investors

Luka Podlogar, Chairman of the Board at KD skladi, d.o.o.


  • Why invest in real estate funds? – pros and cons
  • Presentation of the KD Adriatic Value Fund
11:30 am to noon

BREAK from noon to 12:15 am

Slovenia’s macroeconomic environment as investment destination

Mojmir Mrak, PhD, professor at the Faculty of Economics


  • Slovenia as part of the Euro area with all the pros and cons it brings
  • Perception of Slovenia in the eyes of foreign finance circles
  • The euro area and Slovenia today and tomorrow
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm


How does the State create an investment synergy, aiming to increase foreign and domestic investments


dr. Mojmir Mrak, dr. Draško Veselinovič in mag. Samo Hribar Milič, Jurij Sidorovič
Okroglo mizo vodi: Igor E Bergant

Round-table moderated by: Igor E. Bergant

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

LUNCH BREAK from 1:45 pm to 2:30 pm

Challenges of stakeholders in Slovenian real estate market

Sebastian Trajkovski, PhD, MRICS:


  • Bureaucratic obstacles related to the procedure of developing real estate projects
  • Current issue/balance of lease legislation for commercial and residential real estate
  • Questions of the legislative field regarding the realisation of non-standard models of development real estate projects (public-private partnership) – BTO, BLOT, etc.
  • Competitiveness of the Slovenian environment (from the revenue point of view) compared to other areas (e.g. CEE)
  • Investment security – quality of lease relationships, legal certainty for the investment
  • Expected revenue
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Comparison of building standards in Germany and Slovenia

Vincenc Grabnar, general manager at VG Dienstleistungen UG


  • Where could we “take over” the German building standards
  • Comparison of the differences in reality
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Acquisition of the building permit timeline

Iztok Hočevar, general manager at Techno

Alenka Markun, general manager at MARBO OKOLJE d.o.o.

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Administrative procedures and real estate projects

Barbara Maček Wallas, ZIL inženiring d.d.


  • Fewer obstacles and more help – the wish of every real estate investor
  • Administrative matters – the public authority can be faster when it comes to issuing a building permit
  • How can bureaucratic procedures become investor-friendly
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Future investments and partner synergy in Slovenia and abroad

Expectations of foreign and domestic investors in Slovenia

Boštjan Malus, partner at KPMG 


  • What are the expectations of foreign and domestic investors?
  • Presentation of obstacles and suggestions for improvement
8:15 am - 8:45 am

Slovenia’s advantages for direct investments

Alenka Gorenčič, general manager at DELOITTE


  • Optimized taxation
  • Examples of good practice of tax and legal environment in the light of foreign investors
  • Presentation of the opportunities for the best entry into the Slovenian market and the best use of incentives and reliefs
8:45 am - 9:15 am

Austrian investors in Slovenia

Peter Hasslacher, general manager at ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA 


  • Presentation of the largest investments in Slovenia
  • Presentation of the advantages – opportunities – expectations
9:15 am - 9:45 am

BREAK from 9:35 am to 9:45 am

Turkey today and tomorrow

  • Presentation of the Turkey’s focus regarding the investments in Slovenia and Europe
  • Which segments are the most interesting for the Turkish investments in Europe
9:45 am - 10:30 am

How can one recover purchased insurance receivables in court proceedings?

Maja Lajevec, expert is insolvency and enforcement law


  • Recovery in execution or bankruptcy – what are the differences?
  • Enforcement procedure with the sale of pledged real estate
  • Obstacles influencing the aspect of time during the proceedings and the purchase price
  • Rules of payment of creditors by real estate sales, differences between payment in bankruptcy and execution
10:30 am - 11:00 am

From public auctions, through bankruptcies to purchase of receivables; where only the purchase of the bank is more lucrative

Benjamin Leskovec, PhD, Replika Group, CSO
Matej Sodin, executive director at Reitenburg d.o.o.
Marko Zaman, lawyer and insolvency practitioner


  • For investors with over €10 million
11:00 am - 11:30 am

BREAK from 11:30 am to 11:45 am

Presentation of international business and investment programmes VZMD & and Better Finance - European Federation of Investors

Kristjan Verbič, president of VZMD – Pan-Slovenian Shareholders’ Association, member of the Executive Board of the European Federation of Investors and Financial Services Users (Better Finance)

11:45 am - 12:15 pm

The secret of the investment success of Italian medium-sized enterprises in Slovenia

Jurij Giacomelli, president of the Italian-Slovenian Forum


  • Motives and advantages of Slovenia as an investment destination for Italian small and medium-sized enterprises and selected experiences
12:15 pm - 12:35 pm

Cross-border real estate mobility

Maja Vrtovec, real estate agent from Trieste


  • Why do Italians living in cities move to Slovenia?
  • What real estates are they purchasing and searching for in Slovenia?
12:35 pm - 12:55 pm


Round-table: Why is Slovenia making the highest revenue in Europe today?


Nevenka Kržan, Alenka Gorenčič,Peter Hasslacher,Kristjan Verbič,
Sladjena Križaj in Igor Lah

Round-table moderated by: Igor E. Bergant

12:55 pm - 1:35 pm

LUNCH BREAK from 1:35 pm to 2:15 pm

Construction of energy infrastructure or renovation without the input from the investor by supplying the facilities with energy-generating products

Boštjan Vrhovšek, PLINARNA MARIBOR


  • Presentation of energy solutions
  • Presentation of the possibility of construction or redevelopment without investor funds – an example of energy contracting with contracted energy supply
  • Reliable supply of energy-generating products to buildings – an example of supply of natural gas
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Tobačna mesto - the biggest real estate opportunity in the heart of Ljubljana

Grega Erman, insolvency practitioner, BDO
Vincenc Grabnar, general manager at VG Dienstleistungen UG
Aljoša Dekleva, general manager at Dekleva Gregorič arhitekti 

  • Presentation of the residential-commercial-hotel-business project
  • How to conclude an investment worth 300 millions and generate record-breaking profits with 30 millions
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Safe real estate-investment opportunities in Slovenia

Sladjena Križaj, general manager at Raiffeisen leasing


  • Feniks Business Centre – a commercial building with renowned international tenants
  • Litija Commercial Centre
  • Industrial production with Bosch as tenant
3:15 pm - 3:35 pm

Residential-commercial health centre in Ljubljana; High-end villas and apartments in Portorož

Igor Lah, general manager at Ceeref


  • Presentation of the residential-commercial health centre and the opportunity to purchase it or enter a partnership
  • Presentation of high-end villas and apartments in Portorož and the opportunity to purchase it or enter a partnership
3:35 pm - 3:55 pm

BREAK from 3:55 pm to 4:10 pm

How to sell your idea

Robert Rolih – author of the hit book “The million dollar decision”, and of the best-selling Slovenian book on Amazon


  • How to be more persuasive and successfully close more deals with your business partners?
  • Three powerful universal persuasion principles and how to use them to become a skilled persuader.
  • Psychological triggers that make other people want to do business with you.
4:10 pm - 5:00 pm


390 EUR + DDV

Participation fee includes:

Participation in the professional part of the three-day conference Entertainment at the conference and lunches
Evening social event
Book entitled Slovenija, dežela navdiha
Book entitled The million dollar decision

5% discount for the payment of 3 participation fees
10% discount for the payment of 5 or more participation fees