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PM Says Slovenia Could Become Silicon Valley of Europe

Solkan, 09 March (STA) - Prime Minister Borut Pahor suggested Tuesday that the government might support a project that would lead to a European Silicon Valley, an idea being promoted by a group of Slovenians who are working in Silicon Valley, California.

"I wish that young people could see the opportunity for their intellectual and business development in Slovenia," Pahor said during a visit at tech company Instrumentation Technologies in Solkan.

"We have been pondering the move with young people working in Silicon Valley in California and are just about to decide whether to start the project that could turn Slovenia into a Silicon Valley of Europe."

Thus Slovenia would set up a system of innovation, financing and banking that would attract young visionaries. "Not only from the region, but from a wider area," Pahor underlined. "I've seen the project draft recently and I'm enthusiastic."

Pahor noted that people were willing to invest in this project because they view it as a great opportunity for Slovenia and see that the government supports it.

The prime minister also noted that Slovenia was preparing a national conference on innovation. "Without improving innovation capacities we don't stand a chance to make it among the world's best."

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