19.6.2015 12:00

Slovenian National Day at Expo Milano 2015

Milano, 19 June - Today is the main day of Slovenia's presentation at Expo Milano 2015, also attended by Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar as well as Minister of Economic Development and Technology Zdravko Počivalšek. From 1st May to 31st October 2015, the World Exposition in Milan will be attended by 144 countries, including Slovenia, with its own Pavilion and the slogan I feel Slovenia. Green.Active.Healthy. Slovenia, who would like to introduce its natural beauties and wealth, is aware that sustainable development is essential for the preservation of the Slovenian "green". The main theme of the World Exposition is food and also finding solutions for global challenges such as how to ensure sufficient amount of good-quality food for all people with the sustainable use of production resources, water and agricultural land, with the aim to preserve the environment.

Milan, Italy
PM Miro Cerar (right) and Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek attend the National Day at the Milan World Expo.
Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA

"We are faced with many challenges such as the growth of global population, unhealthy eating habits, climate change, lack of food and raw materials and increasingly difficult access to them, loss of biodiversity etc. All this seriously affects the ability to restore a healthy environment that can provide to the humanity food security, health and existence in general. The environmental degradation and inappropriate use of land have a negative impact on the well-being of humans, the lives of present and future generations and ultimately the competitiveness of the economy. It is all about the important global challenges that individual countries cannot address individually, so it is necessary to act collectively and in coordination at regional as well as global level. Furthermore, it should not go unnoticed that everyone can contribute to a better world at any time and any place. So let EXPO Milano 2015, which represents the world's greatest achievements in the fields of economy, science, culture, agriculture and sports, offer inspiration for various activities which can help increase respect for environmental sustainability and the achievement of sustainable global development - both for our world today and for future generations," were the thoughts of the Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar upon today's visit of the world expo and the Slovenian Pavilion.

The Commissioner-General Jerneja Lampret on the Slovenian performance at Expo Milan 2015: "Slovenia is very pleased with its presentation at the global fair, since the expo is an excellent opportunity to promote Slovenia as a tourist destination, enhance the country's reputation and the recognition of the national trademark I feel Slovenia, as well as promote economic trade between Slovenia and the world, especially Italy."

Slovenia is represented in its own, 800 m2 pavilion, and the entire Slovenian land located in the centre of the exposition event measures 1,910 m2. The Slovenian Pavilion has a pyramidal shape and is standing on a dynamic geometric surface, reflecting the geographical diversity of the Slovenian territory. It illustrates the passaging of the Alpine mountains, the Pannonian plains and the Mediterranean hills to the cultivated areas that hide a remarkable underground world underneath. The Slovenian Pavilion is built mainly from natural materials, mostly from wood and glass. As much as 60% of Slovenia's surface is covered with forest, and the facility that is very demanding from the aspect of construction, is a mirror of competitiveness of the Slovenian timber construction know-how. The architectural design is the work of the SoNo arhitekti d.o.o. architectural bureau, while the Slovenian Pavilion was built by the Lumar IG d.o.o. company.

The Slovenian Pavilion daily attracts around 4,000 visitors, and it is expected that the World Exposition will be visited by 20 million people.

Slovenia presents itself with a permanent exhibition set in the Pavilion through five topics: salt pans, bees, thermal and mineral water, hiking, biking, and the project of measuring black carbon. The events at the pavilion are enhanced with a rich six-month program of the ten Slovenian regions.

Expo offers numerous opportunities for the integration of the Slovenian economy. With the purpose of effective coordination and assistance to Slovenian companies, a business centre in the Slovenian Pavilion was established by the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, and SPIRIT Slovenia Public Agency. The operation of the Slovenian Business Centre has exceeded all expectations. Since the beginning of the exposition until today, 619 Slovenian companies have already been included into Slovenia's presentation at Expo.

For Slovenia, presentation at the World Exposition is of utmost importance, also because of the proximity of the event. Italy is Slovenia's second most important foreign trade partner (trade between the two countries amounts to EUR 6 billion in goods and EUR 1.3 billion in services), and is the first most important country in the number of tourists in Slovenia and the third largest foreign investor in Slovenia.

You can follow events of the Slovenian National Day at Expo live at the Slovenia's Expo presentation website: www.exposlovenia.si.

Photos from the National Day are provided by the Slovenian Press Agency and freely available at: http://foto.sta.si.

More information: Sandra Stermšek, Head of Communications
Phone: +386 1 589 85 64, +386 51/658 714
E-mail: sandra.stermsek@spiritslovenia.si