Simon Zajc, state secretary
Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU
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Simon Zajc was born on 25 June 1980 and graduated from the College of Police and Security Studies in 2003, obtaining a degree in criminal justice and security. In March 2020, he was appointed State Secretary at the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology.
Simon Zajc has a wide range of experience in both the economic sector and state administration. As Minister, and previously, State Secretary at the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, he focused on the implementation of measures to mitigate the effects of climate change, on the rehabilitation of brownfield areas in Slovenia and on solving the challenges of waste management in Slovenia. He also coordinated an inter-ministerial working group dealing with the regularisation of implementing regulations regarding the entry of the right to drinking water in the Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia. Mr Zajc already intensively dealt with this topic as deputy of the National Assembly in his previous term of office, while as Vice President of the National Assembly's Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Food, he paid particular attention to the development of small family farms and to the revival of the forest-wood chain.
Prior to his election to the National Assembly, he was active in the media sector for many years, and, as a co-owner and director of a company primarily engaged in video production, he also acquired managerial skills in corporate governance.