Prime Minister Robert Golob: We can meet even these challenges, but only if we work hard together
The Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, Robert Golob, today visited the Upper Savinja Valley as part of his working visits to the areas affected by the severe natural disaster.
In Braslovče, the Prime Minister and the Minister for Natural Resources and Spatial Planning met with the mayors of the flood-affected municipalities in the region, who briefed them on the situation on the ground and the needs of the local communities. “We faced a disaster of unprecedented proportions, and only if we work hard together, pool all our know-how and resources and organise ourselves well, can we meet even these challenges,” underlined the Prime Minister. With the mayors of the affected municipalities, they discussed, among other things, immediate action on the ground, the inventory of the damage as well as the necessary flood protection measures and the search for longer-term solutions. The Prime Minister said that permanent solutions should be sought for substitute buildings. “If people want to build quickly, they do not need to look for building plots, but to look for land with utilities, and then the state will put prefabricated buildings there,” summarised the Prime Minister and added that such land was already identified in some municipalities.
Prime Minister Robert Golob and the Minister of the Economy, Tourism and Sport, Matjaž Han, then met with representatives of affected local companies. Business representatives expressed their gratitude for the immediate response of the Government, ministries, civil protection and firefighters. They stressed the importance of finding appropriate solutions together, a view echoed by the Prime Minister: “We want to have a constant and direct dialogue precisely to find the best possible solutions.”
The Prime Minister visited parts of Letuš, where the homes of many families were damaged or destroyed in the recent floods. “It will not help if production resumes in a month with new machinery unless measures are taken to prevent such a disaster repeating in two months. And it will not help to launch economic activities and put in place flood protection if we do not help the people who have been left homeless or whose homes are flooded today. We need to tackle all three segments in a coordinated and simultaneous manner. And we can only tackle them together,” concluded Prime Minister Robert Golob.