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Until this day, ICPE remains the sole intergovernmental organization headquartered in Slovenia. More than 40 years ago, on 24 April 1974, ICPE was founded as the International Center for Public Enterprises in Developing Countries by the Government of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia, following the initiative of the United Nations (UN) and with strong support of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and personal commitment of Academician Mr. Anton Vratuša, PhD, the then Vice-President of the Federal Executive Council of Yugoslavia.

It was a time of enthusiasm, emerging new states in the wake of decolonization and an orientation towards the “New International Economic Order”, which would strive to reach fair and economically balanced relations between the “developed” and the “developing” worlds. Strong and efficient public enterprises proved to be one of the key pillars of good governance and building of the economies in the relatively fragile and weak countries of the global “South”. ICPE grew on these ideas. Already in 1976, only two years after it was registered as a Yugoslav organization, following the expressed interest of many NAM members, ICPE was transformed officially to an intergovernmental organization of its member states. 30 states and 9 observers were present at the founding conference in March 1976. By the 1980, ICPE had initiated seven successful programs, research, seminars and trainings in the field of public enterprises, some of which were carried out comparatively in several member states and were financially supported by the UN agencies.

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Training programs

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ICPE provides training programs for government offices and different public sector institutions, as well as other interested institutions from its member states and beyond. With its vast experience in the field of training and strong connections with different academic, research and business institutions, ICPE is able to provide programs on the most diverse topics.

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Slovenia Wins Seat of Energy Regulators’ Agency

ergegMinisters at the Energy Council, on 7 December, signed an intergovernmental agreement establishing the new Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

ACER will now join the ICPE as the second intergovernmental organization based in Slovenia. The ICPE looks forward to any opportunity for collaboration with ACER on matter of mutual concern in the area of energy regulation.

Also in the running had been Slovakia (Bratislava) and Romania (Bucharest). Slovakia, though, fell behind with 11 votes to Slovenia’s 15 votes. An early decision as to the location of the agency was seen by many as an important step in effectively implementing the third legislative package on the liberalisation of energy markets.

Under Regulation 713/2009, the ACER will complement and coordinate the work of national regulatory authorities (NRAs). ACER also oversees the creation of EU electricity and gas network rules. ACER can also, under certain conditions, take binding individual decisions on terms and conditions for access and operational security for cross-border infrastructure. The agency, which is being created out of the European Regulators’ Group for Electricity and Gas (ERGEG), also continues to exercise an advisory role to EU institutions. Other tasks include monitoring energy markets.

The European Commission notes that the setting up of the new agency is to be followed by the selection of buildings in the host country and recruitment of staff. The first director of ACER is expected to be appointed in the first half of 2010, noted the Commission.

ACER should be fully operational from 3 March 2011. This is also the date when the other elements in the third energy liberalisation package become applicable, such as Regulations 714/2009 on electricity and 715/2009 on gas. Directives 2009/72/EC on electricity and 2009/73/EC on gas will also have to be transposed by member states by that date.