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COOPERATIVE UNION OF SLOVENIA, SCRL
Miklošičeva 4, LJUBLJANA

INVITATION TO THE 42th ANNUAL COOPERATIVE CONGRESS
Slovenia, Portorož, Grand hotel Bernardin, 10th and 11th March 2015

Dear Sir/ Madam,

The most important event for Slovenian cooperatives is Annual Cooperatives Congress which is organised by the Cooperative Union of Slovenia. It will take place in Portorož on 10th and 11th of March 2015 in the Congress centre Grand Hotel Bernardin, Emerald Hall, Portorož, at the Adriatic seaside. This is our 42th annual congress, where we would like to represent our work and guidelines for the future of cooperatives and agriculture sector.

The main topic of this year's conference is “COOPERATIVES IN THE MODIFIED BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT”. Miro Cerar, Ph.d., Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, Mitja Bervar, President of the State Council of the Republic of Slovenia, Dejan Židan, M.Sc., Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Zdravko Počivalšek, Minister of Economic Development and Technology will also be present at the event.

The annual Congress is intended for the presidents and members of co-operative boards, managers and other leading personal in co-operatives, the management personnel of food processing industry, representatives of state and municipal bodies or agencies, agricultural advisors and others.

We kindly ask you to inform us about your participation on the conference on e-mail info@zzs.si or phone 00386 1 2441 360. The translation in English and German language is provided for the morning of the first day of the conference. As a guest, you will be welcome at the lunch and dinner reception.

The accommodation including breakfast must be arranged directly with the Hotel by sending the enclosed form. This cost, as well as transportation, is to be covered by the guests and other participants. For more information please contact us by mail info@zzs.si or phone 00386 1 2441 360.

The Congress is an opportunity for meeting us and for exchange of information about development of agricultural cooperation in Slovenia. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely,
Chairman of Co-operative Union Slovenia
Peter Vrisk

Tuesday, March 10th 2015

9.30 – 10.00 Arrivals and registration
10.00 – 10.10 Congress opening
Mr. Peter Vrisk, President of the Cooperative Union of Slovenia
10.10 – 11.00 Guest speakers' welcome address
Mr. Zdravko Počivalšek, Minister, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology
Dejan Židan, M. Sc., Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food
Mr. Mitja Bervar, President of the State Council of the Republic of Slovenia
Miro Cerar, Ph.D., Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia
11.00 – 11.15 Coffee break
11.15 – 12.00 The development of agricultural markets with the accents on milk and meat
Jens Schaps, Ph. D., Director, Dir C – Single CMO, economics and analysis of agricultural markets, Directorate – General for Agriculture and Rural Development
12.00 – 12.45 German cooperatives and the global markets
Volker J. Petersen, Ph. D., Deutscher Raiffeisen Verband responsible for cooperatives and political affairs
12.45 – 13.00 Discussion
13.00 – 15.00 Lunch break
15.00 – 16.00 Agricultural policy measures and the Rural Development Programme for Slovenia 2014 – 2020
Tanja Strniša, M. Sc., Secretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food
16.00 – 16.30 Forrest and wood – opportunities for Slovenia
Mr. Miha Marenče, Secretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food
16.30 – 17.30 Regional policy up to 2020 and Regional development programs of Slovenian regions
Nena Dokuzov, M. Sc. Ministry of Economic Development and Technology
Mrs. Franja Gabrovšek Schmidt, BSC Regional development agency Gorenjska
Mr. Mitja Vodnjov, KGZ Škofja Loka
17.30 – 18.00 Discussion and conclusions of the first day of the Congress
Presentation of cooperatives of the Gorenjska region and the Wine cellar Goriška Brda
20.00 Gala dinner with Manca Špik & The Substitutes

 

Wednesday, March 11th 2014

9.30 – 10.15 State of agriculture in Slovenia
Tina Volk, Ph. D., Agricultural institute of Slovenia
10.15 – 11.00 Slovenian agro-industry and the development of markets in Slovenia
Aleš Kuhar, Ph. D., Biotechnical faculty, University of Ljubljana
11.00 – 11.30 Brunch, courtesy of Deželna banka Slovenije and Semenarna Ljubljana
11.30 - 13.00 Round table: Will the Slovenian consumer buy Slovenian food?
Aleš Kuhar, Ph. D., Biotechnical faculty, University of Ljubljana
Mr. Toni Balažič, President of the board of the Business system Mercator
Igor Mervič, M.Sc., General Director of Spar Slovenia, retail company ltd.
Mr. Matej Denovnik, Director of purchase and logistics, Engrotuš ltd.
Mrs. Anka Lipušček Miklavič, President of the Chamber of agricultural and food processing company's
Mrs. Janja Kokolj Prošek, Head of unit for support for food processing companies and promotion of agricultural and food products, Ministry of agriculture, forestry and food
Mr. Peter Vrisk, President of the Cooperative Union of Slovenia
Mrs. Vida Petrovič, moderator
13.00 – 13.30 Discussion
14.00 Conclusions of the Conference