The Ministry directs spatial development so that the quality of architectural, urban and cultural heritage are maintained and developed. In achieving these goals, it establishes collaboration with local communities on the principles of partnership and subsidiarity. It provides flexibility in creating and implementing policies for sustainable development by encouraging the participation of individuals and civil society. Given the fact that adaptation to ever more severe climate change is one of the key challenges, the Ministry aims to raise awareness for the environment among all stakeholders.
The process of defining ‘Strategy 2050’ is ongoing. A Document for Smart Specialisation has been confirmed, and its basic pillars are green, healthy, active, and digital. A call for development partnerships has been announced, with the circular economy as one of its priorities. A special governmental working group is being led by the Ministry of Environment, connecting different ministries and focusing on creating solutions that will lead to a transformation towards a regenerative economy. At the same time collaboration between corporations, emerging innovators and the regions is being strongly supported by the same Ministry, through different projects crucial to the implementation of the principles of the circular economy.
Bearing this in mind, in 2015 the Ministry introduced an action plan for a transition to a resource-efficient economy, including a circular economy, industrial symbiosis, energy efficiency and sustainable development.
The Ministry's aspirations are:
- To form a network of economic partners committed to cooperation in exploiting materials that are already available in the marketplace in order to preserve natural resources
- To implement and co-create tools to enable the transition from linear to circular business models
- To exchange good practice amongst economic operators with regard to circular economy experience (both national and international)
- To build the library of good national circular case studies that can be used as a learning tool in business as well as in academia: knowledge transfer
- To explore opportunities for more efficient use of resources, for innovation activities and possibilities for savings and optimisation of production in this regard