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Prime Minister Golob: Increased resilience to natural disasters is the key objective of the reconstruction

Today the Council of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for Reconstruction met for its first meeting.
Prime Minister Robert Golob and members of the Council are seated at a table in the conference room

Today the Council of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for Reconstruction met for its first meeting | Author Anže Malovrh/STA

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The tasks of the expert advisory body, chaired by Marjan Pipenbaher, are to advise the Government of the Republic of Slovenia on the development of expert solutions for post-disaster reconstruction, such as the identification of flood-prone areas, maintenance of watercourses, rehabilitation of landslides, and construction of buildings and infrastructure. The Council will also monitor the performance of ministries and municipalities in the reconstruction of affected areas and propose actions for possible improvement and will advise on the formulation of policies, changes to regulations and other measures that will contribute to more effective post-disaster reconstruction and development of resilience to natural disasters. The Government has appointed experts in various fields to the Council: hydrologists, architects, urban planners, experts in spatial planning legislation and siting, and landscape architects.

As the Prime Minister Robert Golob said on the sidelines of the meeting, the Government is aware of the gravity of the situation, and it is therefore reasonable and right to approach solutions on the basis of expert findings. As he noted: "If we are not aware of the problems, we cannot actually find solutions. The Council has made it very clear that such work is not only sensible, but also necessary if this renewal is to be actually achieved." The key objective of the reconstruction, according to the Prime Minister, is to achieve greater resilience to natural disasters. "We want to help the connectivity of these places and people to get a roof over their heads very quickly. I believe that expectations of speed are high," the Prime Minister concluded, noting that speed is not always useful, especially in challenging situations such as we are witnessing on the ground.

Marjan Pipenbaher, Head of the Council, said that today the members of the Council had discussed several subjects, ranging from flood analysis, river basins and bridges to legislative proposals, while among the most important he highlighted the short-term urgent measures that are already being implemented and the long-term measures that need to be addressed in a thoughtful way. Since its formation, the members of the Council have been preparing and studying expert material on which to base their proposals to the Government.