Slovenia appoints digital transformation minister

Both Andrijanič and Janša noted that Slovenia was lagging behind in digitalisation and fast steps were needed to narrow the gap. [Twitter/Mark Boris Andrijanič]

Slovenia’s National Assembly has appointed Mark Boris Andrijanič, a law graduate who has worked for Uber, as digital transformation minister, heading the Digital Transformation Office, a new government body, and coordinating digital transformation activities across the government.

“We know what we have to do, we now need to roll up our sleeves,” said Andrijanič, 38, who pledged to work for digitalisation to become a national priority and a project uniting Slovenia’s society and politics.

Prime Minister Janez Janša said the key reason for the appointment of a new minister less than a year before the end of the government’s term was the substantial funding that Slovenia would get for digital transformation under the national recovery and resilience plan.

Both Andrijanič and Janša noted that Slovenia was lagging behind in digitalisation and fast steps were needed to narrow the gap.

The close 45 to 44 vote capped a turbulent week for the government following a painful referendum defeat and the surprise decision to shelve a major bill that would have created a huge new agency managing state equity worth billions of euros.

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