Dr Metka Gorišek, State Secretary at the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning
Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU
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Author: Nebojša Tejić, STA
Metka Gorišek, born on 18 January 1961, graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, Civil and Geodetic Engineering in Ljubljana. She continued her studies as a postgraduate student, gaining a master's degree in Civil Engineering in 1989, and went on to obtain a doctorate in Technical Sciences at the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering and at the Royal Danish University – Faculty of Environmental Studies.
She began her career at the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering as a teaching fellow at the Chair of Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, and continued at the Drava Power Plants of the Republic of Austria. In 1995, she became a UN National Coordinator of the Republic of Slovenia for the Danube Convention at the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning. In 1996, she began working for the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning as a state undersecretary – Head of the Investment Preparation and Management Division, where she was in charge of larger projects in the fields of discharge and treatment of water, drinking water supply, and waste management centres, all of which were co-funded by the EU Cohesion Policy programmes. Her journey took her to the Office of the Ministry of the Economy as economic centres project manager of the Resolution on National Development Projects for the 2007–2013 period, and, later on, as the director of the Spatial Development Institute and the head of project engineering at LIN d. d. At the Office of the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, she was later in charge of the Management authority for the programmes of the EU Cohesion Policy 2007–2013, and, since 2013, has also worked at the Institute for Water of the Republic of Slovenia, where she also served as the acting director in 2017 and 2018. Prior to her appointment as state secretary at the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, she led the professional preparation of energy investments for the reduction of environmental impact at Energetika Ljubljana d.o.o..