Logistic hub emerging in Posavje region
Brežice, 4 May - A business and logistic hub called Feniks is planned in the Posavje region in the south-east, a project worth several hundred million euros. A memorandum of understanding was signed in Brežice on Wednesday by Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek, Environment Minister Andrej Vizjak and Brežice Mayor Ivan Molan.
The project was conceived in 2006 and included in the national spatial plan in 2012 but then came to a standstill because of the financial crisis and other complications, according to Vizjak.
The hub is to be built on a 100-hectare site between the motorway and the Cerklje ob Krki military airfield, with one obstacle to the project being the airport's area for storing hazardous cargo.
In line with the agreement signed today, the Defence Ministry is to move this area to a different location next year.
The Economy Ministry will manage the construction, while the Brežice municipality is to build the utility infrastructure. Works on the latter could start in 2024.
Molan said the project could create many new jobs and development opportunities for the municipality, region and the country.
The municipality is to invest own funds in the project, seek EU funding and potentially form a public-private partnership.
Vizjak expressed hope that the new government will continue the project and that its realisation "will not depend on politics".
The project envisages the development of the military airport with the construction of auxiliary business and industrial areas, and research facilities in its proximity.
The hub, which is to become a leading development centre in this part of Europe, would be located close to Zagreb and boast good traffic connections.
Vizjak said the importance of the project would become even more pronounced when Croatia joins the Schengen zone.
Počivalšek agreed, noting that Feniks would strengthen economic ties between Ljubljana and Zagreb, and with other Balkan countries.