Franc Bogovič

Member of the European Parliament (SLS/EPP), Slovenia

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

An Agricultural Engineer he first worked as an agricultural extension expert and established a family business engaged primarily in trade and the organisation of agricultural production. He was elected Mayor of the Municipality of Krško in 1998 and held this post until December 2011. In 2008, he was elected to Slovenia’s National Assembly for the first time and re-elected in December 2011. In February 2012, he started his tenure as Minister for Agriculture and the Environment. He was elected President of the Slovene People’s Party on 2 March 2013. On 20 March 2013, when a new Government was elected, he again became a member of the National Assembly. He was elected member of the European Parliament in May 2014, where his positions are as member: Committee on Regional Development (REGI); Delegation to the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee (D-RS), and as substitute: Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI); Special Committee on the Union’s authorisation procedure for pesticides (PEST); Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee (D-TR).

In 2017 MEP Franc Bogovič (SLS/EPP) has held several conferences in Slovenia on the topic of circular economy, focusing on the potential of new technologies, mostly in agriculture sector. With cooperation of EuropaBio and BBI JU he hosted the “European Biotech Week” exhibition in the European parliament, aimed at educating public about new plant breeding techniques and uncovering the potential of reusing bio-materials in our lives.  He is currently working on the EU action for Smart villages, which is promoted through numerous conferences in Slovenia in 2017 and 2018, organized by Mr. Bogovič. Together with Slovenian Commissioner Violeta Bulc, they are organizing EU Conference on Smart Villages in Bled on 13th of April 2018 with participation of Slovenian prime minister dr. Miro Cerar, two European commissioners: Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Agenda and Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development. The all-day conference will be also the opportunity to launch energy – trading platform of Slovenian start-up SunContrat that utilizes blockchain technology. Mr. Bogovič’ work is therefore strongly linked with digitalisation of society, precision farming, circular economy, bio-based industries, digital platforms, urban-rural links, sharing and collaborative economy and rural mobility for improving quality of life, education and employment.