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New Planning Legislation Due Early Next Year

Ljubljana, 19 November (STA) - The Ministry of Infrastructure and Spatial Planning unveiled Tuesday a plan to overhaul planning regulations in a bid to cut red tape and make it easier for investors to obtain permits.

The centrepiece of the new system will be an online one-stop-shop pooling together various databases currently maintained by the Surveying and Planning Administration, the Statistics Office, administrative units and inspectorates.

Investors will need only one application to obtain all the permits, according to Minister Samo Omerzel, who labelled it a "major step" in planning. The legislation is slated for implementation early next year.

The new system will be coupled with a bill on the legalisation of illegal buildings, which the government plans to adopt in March. The plan is to legalise illegal buildings that are not problematic.

At the same time, a one-year moratorium will be put in place with forthcoming changes to the act on buildings.

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