About: Žiga Turk

Med & South 18-11-2015

Remember Paris!

If being European is not able to inspire, then it is only right that Europe is occupied by a culture which can, writes Žiga Turk.
EU Priorities 2020 14-10-2014

If Bulc is nominated, the next Dan Brown novel should be about the Brussels bubble

Some Europeans are deeply respectful of European institutions and serious about the jobs of the persons that lead it. It is a valuable project that brought peace, prosperity and democracy to the continent. It deserves full support. On the other hand, the Slovenian centre-left was cheering to the song that refrains “Europe is a gang of thieves” [see related EURACTIV article].

Reframing the longevity and ageing

The problem of an ever ageing population is not unsolvable, especially if retirement is not an obligation. What may prove tricky is what measures to take to keep older people active, ambitions and hungry for achievement, writes Žiga Turk.
EU Priorities 2020 22-06-2010

Turk: González report needs follow-up

Without a follow-up, the González report about the measures that the EU needs to urgently adopt to avoid backsliding into irrelevance would be "just another document," Žiga Turk, secretary-general of the Reflection Group on the Future of Europe, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Central Europe 31-05-2010

A sceptical view of the Slovenia-Croatia arbitration agreement

Despite long-standing good neighbourly relations between Croatia and Slovenia, the border dispute between the two countries remains unresolved. The main issues are how much access Slovenia will be granted to the coastline and the high seas, and whether to settle the dispute on the basis of international law or historical reasoning, writes Žiga Turk, secretary-general of the Reflection Group for the future of Europe, in a May blog post.
Euro & Finance 15-09-2009

Carbon Tax: A Fiscal Exit Strategy of the Crisis

An EU-wide carbon tax could provide a solution to "many of the main problems of today," claims Žiga Turk, university professor and former Slovenian minister for growth, in a recent post on Blogactiv.
Public Affairs 22-04-2009

How the Internet is Changing Government Agendas

"The world is in a transition from an industrial and information economy into a conceptual economy" whose ultimate resource is talent, writes Žiga Turk, a University of Ljubljana professor, former Slovenian minister and current secretary-general of the Reflection Group on the Future of Europe, on his blog.

Turk: Universities must be able to reward excellence

Governments should stop promoting average universities in the name of egalitarianism and start rewarding true excellence even if that means creating unpopular differences between the very best and average professors and students, argues Žiga Turk, the Slovenian minister for growth, in an interview with EURACTIV.com. 
Trade & Society 12-03-2008

Žiga Turk: Europe must support ‘creative economy’

The EU's 'Lisbon' goals of boosting R&D and scientific innovation are just "part of the story", Slovenia's Minister for Growth Ziga Turk told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. He believes the EU can make use of its global lead in fine arts to develop new products and services ahead of its competitors – but only if it makes progress on intellectual property and IT infrastructure.

Latest EU steps in the field of scientific publishing ‘too little, too late’

EU ministers' agreement on scientific information in the digital age reached at the Competitiveness Council meeting in Brussels on 23 November comes too late and does not constitute any progress, writes the Slovenian Minister for growth, Žiga Turk, on Blogactiv.