National Comitee PIARC Slovenia
Slovenia is a member of PIARC assocciation since 1995 and as the First Delegate from the very beginning acts, by his formal position, a director of Slovenian Roads Agency. In search of a more effective cooperation in the year 1999 with the Establishment contract which today comprises around 30 private companies, institutes and individuals.
Its main responsibilities and tasks are:
- nomination of national rapporteurs for world congresses
- election and nomination of members of technical committees
- assembling slovenian delegations for world congresses
- preparation of reports and expert papers for world congresses
- proposing new topics for discussions at the world congresses or in technical committees
- assembling working groups and coordinating slovenian cooperation in technical committees
- izmenjava informacij, vezanih na cestno gospodarstvo med člani NK PIARC Slovenija in PIARC
- zagotavljanje neposrednih povezav med člani in odbori ter Izvršnim odborom PIARC-a
- promoting the work of WRA-PIARC assocciation
- cooperation with other institutions and assocciations on national as well as international level
Current president NK PIARC Slovenia is ga. Ljiljana Herga, RS Directorate for Infrastructure.
You can read more about the beginnings of Slovenia's participation in the PIARC World Road Association in a short article entitled »How did Slovenia join PIARC?«. The article was written by the first president and current honorary member of NK PIARC Slovenia, Mr. Anton Šajna.
Svetovno cestno združenje PIARC
World Road Association PIARC was established in 1909 for the purpose of exchanging knowledge in the field of roads and transportation. In 1970 the assocciation was granted a consultative status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations which only strenghtened its role in the world. Members of the assocciation are representatives of national governments, regional authorities, universities, construction and other companies, consultants, as well as other civil assocciations and individual members from 120 states.
Vision:The Association wishes to become the world leader in the exchange of knowledge on roads and road transport policy and practices within an integrated sustainable transport context.
Current secretary general of the world road association PIARC is g. Patrick MALLÉJACQ from France.
Some words from history of roads in Slovenia...
Since 1900 b.c. untill approximately 300 b.c. through the territory of today's Slovenia ran a so called Amber route. Then the Romans (from approximately 100 b.c. to 300 a.d.) built a network of roads in this area that connected the territories of today's Vienna and Middle East with Rome and Durres. Some roads, built in the time of Roman empire still today represent main transport routes through our territory. Trading between Rome and Pannonian lands went through an old route from Aquileia (Aquilee) towards Ocre (today's Hrušica) to Nauportus (today's Vrhnika) and on towards Aemona (today's Ljubljana) and Poetovia (today's Ptuj) then onwards to Savaria, today's Hungary (Szombathely) and from there in to the very heart of Pannonia, that is to Scarabantia (today's Sopron) andCarnuntuma (Petronella). The residues of roman road network are a common finding in various construction sites across Slovenia, especially along the axis of former roman supply route Aemona-Neviodunum-Andautonia-Siscia. At the same that is also the direction of today's connection between slovenian capital Ljubljana and croatian capital Zagreb.
...and to this day
Today we have approximately 6.701 km of state roads in Slovenia, of which there are 762 km of Highways and Motorways and the rest of the road network is comprised of Main (819 km) and Regional roads (5.120 km) of different classes. Taking into account also other roads we can see that Slovenia is covered by a thick road network (1,9 km roads/km2). That condition is of course constantly changing due to new constructions and recategorisations of roads. Beside state roads at the end of 2009 there were also more than 31.000 km of local roads and over 1.000 gravel/forest roads under the management of municipalities and forest owners. Since 1994, in line with the National programme, construction of "highway cross" was under way in Slovenia and was succesfully finished in 2010. These highways will surely improve east-west and north-south connections along the lines of two transeuropean transport corridors passing through Slovenian territory:
- Transeuropean transport corridor No. V: Venice - Trieste - Koper - Ljubljana - Budapest - Kiev
- Transeuropean transport corridor No. X: Salzburg - Ljubljana - Zagreb - Belgrade - Skopje - Thessaloniki