Koper, 26 January (STA) - President Danilo Tuerk visited Luka Koper on Tuesday, praising the development plans of Slovenia's sole commercial port. Tuerk said that the plans, notably a third terminal and a second railway track, were designed in a way that took into account all pertinent environmental and spatial planning concerns.
"The period when the world is exiting the crisis and production and the intensity of trade currents are increasing is a good time to launch a new development phase at Luka Koper," Tuerk told the press after meeting the company's chairman Gregor Veselko and his deputy Tomaz Martin Jamnik.
The president said that the port operator's plans were courageous as well environmentally conscious. He called for a prompt adoption of the national spatial plan for the port and for the development of adequate rail infrastructure that would connect Luka Koper with Slovenia and Central Europe.
Labeling the port as "pearl of Slovenia's economy", Tuerk said that words of praise could also be heard abroad, where the Koper port is considered "one of the Mediterranean ports of which much is being expected in the future".
Having been invited to Koper as a gesture of appreciation for his promotion of the port during his official travels abroad, Tuerk highlighted the need to boost cooperation with other countries.
He singled out South Korea, suggesting that it had expressed interest for stronger economic ties and that Luka Koper could play a pivotal role.
As regards ideas about a possible privatisation of the majority state stake in the Luka Koper port operator, Tuerk said that the port was "a national interest of Slovenia, which is why its ownership structure has to be planned very carefully".
At the same time, he stressed that the managerial autonomy at the company had to be respected. He finds its important to find "good strategic partners from abroad with the right relations with the port".