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Minister Purič assumes office

Ljubljana, 20 December 2018 – The newly appointed Minister responsible for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion Dr Iztok Purič has taken over Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy (GODC) from his predecessor Marko Bandelli. At the portfolio handover ceremony, former minister Bandelli wished his successor wisdom, resolve and every success in his work.
 
Dr. Iztok Purič thanked Marko Bandelli and his team for a warm reception and for the advice and directions given to him. Purič underlined that he appreciated the efforts made by GODC staff in speeding things up in the previous weeks by underlining that ‘’by collaborating with the colleagues from the Ministry of Finance to accelerate the certification of expenditures and submit requests for payment to the European Commission in time, you all have done important work to help our country avoid losing EU funding’’. He also warned there would be only little time to take a much-needed break before resuming hard work in the upcoming months by carrying out the activities outlined in the action plan to speed up the use of EU funding under Slovenian operational programme. The new minister also underlined his belief in the competences, skills and experience of the GODC staff and recalled the importance of cooperation, collaboration and building of trust. He acknowledged the important role of employee motivation and promised to focus on keeping his team motivated to work together towards common goals successfully.