In June 2019 IPoP received a decision from the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning about obtaining the status of an NGO acting in the public interest in the field of spatial planning. This status gives us formal confirmation about our efforts that have been in the core of our work all these years. With the confirmation, IPoP became the first institute with this status and the fourth NGO in Slovenia.
Prior to that, we have already obtained the status of an NGO acting in the public interest in the field of environment in 2014 and again in 2019, due to our efforts in the field of sustainable development. To obtain both statuses IPoP had to meet very strict criteria and prove our work to renew them every year.
The responsible ministry can consider granting the status of an NGO to an organisation acting in public interest if the organisations’ work goes beyond the interests of its founding members. In Slovenia, status can be obtained for a number of different fields e.g. culture, sport, transport, social security, education, agriculture, economy, environment, etc. Our rights, derived from these statuses, are similar on all of the fields and are consistent with Slovene international commitments.