German-Slovene economics Day is the main business event of the Slovene-German Chamber of Commerce and the Industry (AHK Slovenia) traditionally organized in cooperation with IEDC Bled School of Management.


In the light of the current economic challenges and at the same time the great potential of Slovenia, the event is held under the title "Slovenia as a business location - seizing opportunities, shaping the future". High representatives of the Slovenian and German economy will speak about green transformation, energy security, sustainability and challenges related to Slovenia as a business location. Discussion will be based on the location study prepared by the Institute for the German Economy in Cologne (IW Consult) on behalf of the AHK Slovenia. Based on approximately 60 indicators in six substantive areas (location, infrastructure, knowledge, resources, costs, market), Slovenia is compared with the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia and Croatia as competitors in the region.


The event will also officially announce the recipient of the German Economy Award, which is traditionally awarded by the AHK Slovenia in cooperation with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Slovenia and IEDC Bled School of Management.


Registration fee:

  • Members of the AHK Slovenia & IEDC Alumni: free of charge;
  • Non-members: single ticket 300 EUR + VAT.

No-show fee:

In case of non-participation at the event despite registration, the participant will be charged the organizational costs in the amount of 80 EUR + VAT.


08.30 – 09.00: Registration  

09.00 – 09.30: Welcoming Addresses 

  • Dagmar von Bohnstein, President of the AHK Slowenien 
  • H.E. Natalie Kauther, German Ambassador to Slovenia 
  • Prof. Dr. Danica Purg, President of the IEDC-Bled School of Management 
  • Rok Capl, Acting Director, SPIRIT Slovenia 

09.30 – 10.00: Keynote session: Slovenia's quality as a business location 

  • Cornelius Bähr, Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Consult GmbH 


10.00 – 10:30: Panel discussion: Where does Slovenia stand as a business destination? 

  • Medeja Lončar, CEO Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia, Siemens 
  • Jan Löwhagen, CEO, MAN Truck & Bus Slovenija 
  • Dr. Armin Messerer, Vice President Mechatronics, MAHLE 
  • Anže Manfreda, Managing Director, Filc - Freudenberg Performance Materials  
  • Michal Maco, Country Manager Slovenia, Corwin 
  • Matevž Frangež, State Secretary, Slovenian Ministry of the Economy, Tourism and Sport  


Moderated by Dagmar von Bohnstein, President of the AHK Slowenien 


10.30 – 11.15: Workshops*: Partners active in green energy transition & sustainable development 

*You will choose the workshop you would like to attend at the day of the event.  

1.Regulatory Framework of Green Energy Transition & Sustainable Development: how legally implementable are your ideas? 

Host: Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & Partners 

Moderated by Ana Grabnar Crnčec, Partner & Aljoša Krdžić, Partner 

A complex and rapidly evolving web of laws and standards – the dark side for the business facing green energy transition and sustainable development. How are ESG factors regulated in Slovenia, how are they involved in daily business? What are the new regulatory incentives for development of investments, siting, and operations of green energy projects? Share your challenges and the workshop will aim to provide a path to the light side of the regulatory framework of green energy transition and sustainable development. 

2.Sustainability Reports and ESG: From Theory to Practice 

Host: Corwin 

Moderated by Igor Bubeník, Head of ESG team & Alexandra Podhradská, ESG Specialist 

The experienced instructors will guide you through the ins and outs of sustainability reporting and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) system. You'll learn about measuring and reporting your organization's environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices, and how to communicate your efforts to your stakeholders in a clear and concise way. Through a guided process, you'll have the opportunity to identify what topics are most important to your company's sustainability, and how to prioritize them in your reporting.  

3.Regulatory Framework of Emerging technologies in EU (Artificial intelligence Act, Data act, etc.): its ambitions, its pain-points, its implementation shortfalls and how to bridge them when doing business.

Host: Siemens

Moderated by Špela Ajdišek Robič, Senior Legal Counsel and Co-head of Practice Group New technologies

Emerging technologies have the potential to significantly impact industries, transform businesses, bring about new business models and disrupt several professions. On the one hand side, they are said to bring multiple benefits to the economy and society across entire spectrum of value chain. On the other, their use can also potentially result in new or changed risks for individuals or society. Could regulation help mitigate these risks? What kind of regulation would best fit our needs? What is European approach to AI, Data and other new technologies? How are constant changes in geopolitical landscape adding to the complexity of different regulatory frameworks, when expanding a business cross-border or globally? Let's share our perspectives and experience about these pivotal questions.


4.How can the German supply chain law be implemented through sustainable procurement practices?

Host: JARO Institute for Sustainability and Digitalization

Moderated by Yvonne Jamal, Co-Founder and CEO JARO Institute for Sustainability and Digitalization &

Steffi Kirchberger, Managing Director JARO Services GmbH

The German Supply Chain Act obliges German companies with more than 3000 employees from 1/1/2023 (and with more than 1000 employees from 1/1/2024) to implement human rights due diligence, especially when working with direct suppliers. Therefore, many Slovenian companies are also facing the challenge of how to implement and document sustainable business practices and where to find concrete support for this. In this workshop, we will present the objectives of the law together with you and derive initial implementation measures. We will also look at which internal and external stakeholders can accompany or support you in this process.

11.15 – 11.45: Coffee break 

11.45 – 12.15: Reports on Workshop Activities & Conclusions  

12.15 – 12.45: Panel discussion: Sustainable Technologies for a Better Future in Slovenia 

  • Dr. Thomas Sichla, Managing Director, E.ON Energy Solution 
  • Nuša Pavlinjek, Managing Director, Roto Group 
  • Robert Prelesnik, Managing Partner, Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & Partners 
  • Simon Franko, Managing Director, BASF Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia 
  • Iztok Štrukelj, Director Of Business Development, Arriva Slovenia 


Moderated by Igor E. Bergant, Journalist & TV News Host, RTV Slovenija 


12.45 – 13.00: The German Economy Award ceremony: Innovative Energy Saving Solutions & Sustainability in Action 

  • Dagmar von Bohnstein, President of the AHK Slowenien 
  • Prof. Dr. Danica Purg, President of the IEDC-Bled School of Management  
  • H.E. Natalie Kauther, German Ambassador to Slovenia 

13.00 – 13.20: Interview with the German Economy Award 2022 Winner 

Moderated by Katja Stadler, Managing Director, Deslo - AHK, poslovne storitve 

13.20 – 14.30 – Luncheon reception & networking  

Event moderator: Tina Drolc, M.Sc., AHK Slowenien  


*The Event program is subject to change. 

*Event will be held in English.

*By attending this event you agree to be photographed. 

The photos will be published on the website and communication channels of the AHK Slovenia.







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