Welcome to ICPE

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


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.


Janez Potocnik Nominated EU Environment Commissioner

eu_komissar_wissenschaft_potocnik_0_standardEuropean Commission President José Manuel Barroso has named current research and science Commissioner Janez Potocnik as the future head of the Environment directorate general. In his new position, the 51 year old Slovenian will also oversee the European Environment Agency.

The ICPE welcomes the nomination of Mr Potocnik, who has demonstrated unique interest in this important field. Potocnik would deal with important issues such as the protection of soil, water and air and the preservation of biodiversity, all of which are have an important role to play in ICPE's CC TAP and Green MBA Programs.

Climate policy will be removed from DG Environment’s remit in the future Commission and be set up as a separate directorate general, with Denmark’s energy minister Connie Hedegaard nominated as its Commissioner. Italy’s Antonio Tajani, the current Transport Commissioner, is designated as Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship and Commission Vice President, while the Trade directorate general will be overseen by Belgium’s current foreign minister Karel de Gucht. The new Commission must gain approval from the European Parliament (EP) before it takes office for a term of office running until 31 October 2014. The Commissioners-designate will appear in individual hearings before EP committees from 11-19 January, and the EP plenary vote on the new Commission as a whole is scheduled for 26 January. On the basis of the vote of consent, the Commission will be appointed by the European Council and be able to start working.