The Slovenia Times

Foreign investors on the Slovenian investment environment


"Slovenia is facing a major shortage of large land suitable for production and logistics projects with an adequate spatial arrangement and utility infrastructure. With the added value of good road connections and the immediate vicinity of the airport, Brnik has it all. The idea of an airport city is decades old and our company (author's note: Fraport Slovenija, former Aerodrom Ljubljana), which manages the airport, has been buying land near the airport for the purpose of setting up a commercial and logistics zone. Lately, the latter has been flourishing, which is partly due to the opening of the long-planned bypass around the airport area. Investment activity could increase if the zoning plans included an adequately placed railway connection to the airport."

Zmago Skobir, Managing Director of Fraport Slovenija


Slovenia is a prospective market with a modern structure. The EU-friendly political environment makes it attractive to investors. Employees are highly qualified and purchasing power has increased. Strong growth in retail sales and rental income confirm the overall positive development.

In recent years, numerous international brands have entered the sought-after Slovenian market. Competition for the best brands is tough. Locations offering variety in the shop mix, higher visitor frequency and well-planned transport solutions are in demand.

SES has introduced new brands to the country, for example Reserved and Nespresso. Primark is set to open its first store in Ljubljana in 2019. We have also helped Slovenian concepts, such as XYZ and Lisca, expand to other European countries.

In 2018, SES injected around 27 million euros into the refurbishment of Citypark and Center Vič in Ljubljana. We are expanding with a new district shopping center in Ljubljana-Šiška, which will feature 90 shops, restaurants and service outlets. The investment volume adds up to EUR 150 million, and the GLA amounts to 32,000 m². Ninety percent of the space has already been leased. The completion is scheduled for 2020, and 700 new jobs will be created.

Dr. Johannes Köth, Head of Asset Management at SES


"Slovenia is located right at the crossroads between Western and Southeastern Europe - you can't get around it. Luka Koper is one of the main gateways for goods coming from Asia to Central Europe, and Fraport Airport in Brnik is the second most important hub in the country. In recent years, the state has recognized logistics opportunities as a strategic industry at the highest levels, and is beginning to make investments to fully utilize this potential. Our iLogistics Center is just one stone in this mosaic of opportunity!"

Viktor Kastelic, Managing Director of cargo-partner in Slovenia


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