Like many other countries Slovenia views drought as a threat. Last year it included the right to drinking water in its Constitution

Like many other countries Slovenia views drought as a threat. Last year it included the right to drinking water in its Constitution

Today Minister Richard Brabec met Irena Majcen, the Slovenian Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning. The main topic of their talks focused on issues connected with water, and therefore on its one-day visit the Slovenian delegation also stopped at the T. G. Masaryk Water Research Institute, which specializes in dealing with issues of water scarcity and droughts as well as adaptation to climate change.

Similarly as the CR, in the last century Slovenia followed the path of landscape drainage and these measures resulted in the loss of a large area of wetlands and the retention ability of the landscape. Slovenia sees drought as a major threat, and therefore, in 2016, it introduced in its Constitution, articles establishing the right to drinking water for everyone, along with prescribing that water is not owned by anyone and is the exclusive property of the state and that the use of water for drinking purposes has priority over other uses.

Both Slovenia and the CR are preparing for the expected climate changes and emphasise the importance of rainwater capture. Slovenia sees huge potential in the specific projects developed under the Convention on Cooperation for the Protection and Sustainable Use of the River Danube and macro-regional EU Strategy for the Danube Region.

Minister Brabec and Slovenian Minister Majcen have also discussed the topics of environmental impact assessment and transposition of the revised EIA Directive. Another important issue focused on was waste and waste management. In its legal system Slovenia has imposed an obligation on its citizens to sort recyclable waste.

The meeting of the ministers also confirmed the potential of cooperation in the environmental agenda of the European Union.

For more information
Jana Taušová
Deputy Spokesperson for the Ministry of the Environment
Tel.: +420 267 122 944 nebo +420 739 242 379
E-mail: tiskove@mzp.cz