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Slovenian Water Agency starts operating

The Slovenian Water Agency started operating on 1 January 2016 as a new body affiliated to the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning. It represents a thorough reorganisation in the field of implementation of the water management process, which follows the objective of the provision of efficient and professional planning and management of waters. In accordance with the relevant decisions adopted by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia, the Agency has merged all management tasks in the field of waters with the reassignment of personnel from the Water Management Office of the Slovenian Environment Agency, the Institute for Water of the Republic of Slovenia and the Water and Investments Directorate of the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning.

The objective of the establishment of the Agency is to establish a system of integral water management: to utilise the water potential of Slovenia as a development opportunity, take into account the water capacity in spatial planning and reduce risks to life, health and property of residents. A system of comprehensive water management must be organised and supported with personnel at the national, regional and local levels (drainage basins as basic units of water management), and it also must provide conditions for efficient implementation of public services, management of investments and cooperation with experts and stakeholders.

 

Priorities:

  • drafting of key programme documents in the field of water management and efficient and transparent water management;
  • providing financial and human resources for water management, with the purpose of efficient implementation of the public service and implementation of necessary investments for reducing flood risk;
  • participation in the implementation of international treaties and international projects and acquisition of EU funds in the field of water management;
  • more efficient implementation of administrative procedures in the field of water management (in the field of property management, permits for spatial development and awarding of water rights);
  • drafting of expert groundwork for legislative changes in the field of water management;
  • implementation of tasks of regular and investment management of water infrastructure;
  • preparation and management of new investments in water infrastructure for ensuring flood safety.