The Slovenian NAB Constitutional Meeting was held back-to-back with the meeting of CCIS Strategic Energy Transition Council online meeting. The meeting was attended by 39 participants, Council members and invited speakers, including state secretaries from the Ministry of Infrastructure, the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, the director of the Energy Agency, the CEO and then president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia. The Council reiterated the standstill in energy investments in Slovenia. In the  National Energy and Climate Plan, most investments in renewable energy sources (RES) are planned for the period 2030 – 2040. While we continue to miss our 2020 targets for RES and the efficient use of energy, we are falling behind in the construction of solar, hydro and wind power plants and underinvesting in distribution networks. The Council recognizes that further incentives are needed for the use of green sources, green behaviors, and technologies. Other sources of funding for energy transition must also be found, in addition to growing items on energy consumers’ bills.

As long-term measures, the rapid implementation of the already identified and prepared projects RES and EE were identified as crucial in order to create an stable and affordable source of energy for end consumers in parallel with the design of the long-term energy policy in Slovenia. It was outlined that new energy facilities must be built in the future (2nd nuclear power plant, more hydropower plants and other alternative green solutions for energy production). In connection with these long-term goals, the director of CCIS CCBMIS, Mr. Ficko, emphasized that the employees of construction companies should be further trained before the big projects are started and smaller projects in residential and non-residential buildings are carried out. It is also important that those skilled working teams in companies become more visible and their investment in training validated. Most likely, ECO FUND can define the need for skilled workers in such a way that in the future, in public tenders for the renovation and new construction of low-energy houses, contractors will have to prove the competencies of their employees (education, additional qualifications, certified courses, experience and references related to the team that performed the work on a particular object). Investors (public or private) who hire such qualified teams receive a higher percentage of state subsidies.

The SEETheSkills project was presented in short under the agenda item “ANY OTHER BUSINNESS” and most relevant Council members were personally invited to become member of SEEHESKILLS board (during the meeting and after the meeting by email).

Reported by Andreja Palatinus and Valentina Kuzma, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (CCIS), Chamber of Construction and Building Materials Industry of Slovenia (CCBMIS)

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