Interview with the Mayor
of the Urban municipality Celje, Bojan Šrot
10-11 / 2009
Bojan Šrot was the president of the
Slovene People's Party and elected for the Mayor of
Celje for the third time in 2006. Celje has more than
50.000 inhabitants and is an important economic, cultural,
administrative and educational centre between Ljubljana
In September 2009 you
participated at the first Communal forum in Velden
amWoerthersee. What is your evaluation of this interregional
meeting of communal politicians ?
I participated at the Forum together
with my cooperator from our municipal administration
, who is the leader of the Department for environment,
spatial planning and communal affairs. I think such
meetings on the interregional level are very useful.
Also the themes of the Forum were good and I expect
that this Forum will be traditional in the future.
I find it good, because there is the place for establishing
of different contacts. Also the presentation of “good
practices” is something what is helpful to every Mayor,
regardless if he/she is coming from Slovenia, Italy
or Austria, from a big or a small community. The problems
are very similar many times. This is the reason why
I am supporting such a meeting with the exchange of
experiences. The presentation of “good practices”
was very important for us. From this point we are
always comparing our position with the positions of
others. In one way we are competitors, however we
like to share positive experiences with the others
and we expect the same from the others,too. Personally
I was very impressed by the presentation of alternative
energetic sources; the green energy is a popular theme
today and the one with a great future. New generations
of wind power plants were presented. Also our municipality
has two power plants in its possession; plant on gas
depot , additionally this year we are finishing the
trial operating of the newly built heating plant which
is producing energy from the communal waste.
I hope next year this Forum will be even more rich
and wide-ranging in its contents, with even more participants,
although I was very surprised by the number of the
participants this year.
the projects and where do you see the possibilities
of the actual cooperation with one of the Carinthian
The cooperation is more intense in
the border region. Municipality Celje has up till
now no partnership cooperation with one of the Carinthian
municipalities. Several times we visited the municipality/town
Spittal an der Drau, at the occasion of the tourist
events and in the connection with the medieval history.
However I have already established contacts with the
representatives of the AACC with the intention to
cooperate with a municipality comparable to our. In
this way a positive synergy could be obtained with
the exchange of experiences- for instance from applying
for the European funds to solving specific local problems.
I see good opportunities and our wish is to connect
the civil sphere- culture, education, sport - to form
and widen contacts, not only among local politicians
but also among people who live in one or another town.
This is the reason which makes partnership lively
Celje is a member of the AACC, too . You cooperated
with the AACC in the project of building the infrastructure
and reviving tourism at the Šmartinsko jezero (lake).
Are there some other mutual projects planned?
Our municipality is a member of the
AACC for some years. We have extremely good experiences
with the project of revitalisation and building of
the tourist infrastructure at the mentioned lake.
Here we cooperated with the AACC and the Austrian
experts. We all know that Carinthian lake tourism
is a real brand name. Your people have numerous experiences.
Usually such neutral view connected with the local
structure is very useful. One part of this project
is already finished. An unbelievable movement happened
around the lake. Today there are so many visitors
that the walking paths are too narrow. Many local
people started to believe that the lake is representing
a tourist opportunity so that it could be a source
of additional income -together with the farm tourism.
At the moment the municipality is building a walking
path from the town to the lake, next year we expect
the government to accept the governmental locational
plan , so that all ideas given by the experts could
be introduced at the place. I expect it would be possible
to finish the walking paths and all other infrastructure
next year what would enable the development of the
business initiatives. Experiences are very positive
and we are grateful that we were able to visit two
destinations in Carinthia with our people who live
at the lake. I have to admit that actually this excursion
caused a change in the thinking of people, especially
of the younger ones. They are now seeing their opportunity
in the tourism, too.
I am convinced that in the future we will- in cooperation
with the AACC- finalise some more projects, maybe
not only on the field of tourism but on some other
fields,too. Ideas are present, opportunities too,
and I believe to implement them – under condition
of our mutual activities.
Interview, photo and copyright:
Photo 1: View on the beautifully arranged market in
front of the National hall, where is also the administrative
seat of the urban municipality Celje
Photo 2: The popular vegetable market place near the
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