Associated partners


BTC d. d. , Ljubljana

Bound to tradition, connected to the future

The BTC Company’s business ambition, which includes recast messages of the past, reflects the values of tradition, revolutionary changes, long-term plans, and a long-lasting vision. The Company’s business history is significantly marked by two elements: location and goods. From the area used for storing goods – at first mainly for the needs of shops and stores around Ljubljana to eventually the biggest land terminal in South-Eastern Europe – the Company gradually formed a “city area”, the BTC City, where it realised numerous large-scaled daring projects with a vision which reflected the Company’s creative vitality, inexhaustible work impetus, and innovative freshness. With its co-investors and by entering long-lasting partnerships, the Company established one of the leading European cities. With the modernisation of its logistics, one of the Company’s most important activities, the BTC Company quickly found its place among the most renowned Slovenian logistics subjects.

The uniqueness of BTC City does not lie only in the symbiosis of business, shopping, recreational, entertainment and cultural programmes all in one place, but is even more visible in the intertwining of diverse contents, which led to the formation of a completely new social and public area. The urban area of BTC City has become a democratic place, open to everyone; it has become a place with a multi-layered identity, which does not only boast broad options for future development, but is also regarded as the generator of new, regional, and metropolitan consciousness.


Idrija Municipal Museum

Idrija Municipal Museum was officially established in January 1953. In 1954 the museum was entrusted with the management of Idrija’s Gewerkenegg Castle, where it is still domiciled today.

The mission of the museum is the permanent and continuous care of the movable heritage in the Idrija and Cerkno regions in the spheres of history, modern history, ethnology, art history, and technical heritage. Their responsibility is to promote their institution and heritage in general. In 1952 The Museum Committee took charge of certain mine facilities. In 1963 the museum assumed management of the Franja Partisan Hospital in Dolenji Novaki near Cerkno. In 2010 they opened reconstructed Franja Partisan Hospital after a disastrous flood in September 2007. In 2015 Franja hospital received European Cultural Heritage Label. Since Marathon Franja holds the name after the Franja Hospital, a cultural heritage moment was taken into the project for a joint promotion.


City of Ljubljana

Ljubljana is a city that will surprise you and exceed your expectations. It is indeed a unique place: small in size, but huge in its hospitality and quality of life. If you take a look from Ljubljana Castle’s viewing tower, you soon realize that nature surrounds you. Ljubljana echoes the surrounding nature, learns from it, but most of all respects it. Numerous changes have happened in a short period, which is one of the reasons Ljubljana has become European Green Capital 2106. This prestigious title from the European Commission is a great honor and the highest recognition of our efforts to reach the primary goal of ensuring a high quality of life for our citizens in a beautiful and healthy environment. The city centre, now open only to pedestrians, cyclists and Kavalir (electric-powered vehicles) is like a big living room and a cultural and social setting, while former degraded areas have been transformed into numerous parks, green spaces and playgrounds, where citizens relax and socialize. Welcome to the city where green is at home.

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Slovenian anti-doping organisation

SLOADO is independent national anti-doping organization. Together with the Slovenian sports federations is trying to protect athletes’ rights to compete in a doping free sport. It was established in September 2013 by the Olympic Committee of Slovenia – Association of Sport Federations.

SLOADO values the contribution that sport can make to health, self-development, social development and national pride when fostered within a strong ethical environment. SLOADO commits to My sport is Franja to ensure that standards are set for fair play and drug-free sport and then promoted through the provision of effective education and information.


The Slovenian Association of Friends of Youth

Slovenian Association of Friends of Youth (referred to as SAFY) is a voluntary, national association of societies of friends of youth, its inter-society forms of integration and other non-profit, non-governmental organisations working for the benefit of children, young people and families.

SAFY is a non-governmental, independent, voluntary and non-profit organisation/association, working in the public interest. SAFY is also a humanitarian organisation working as a general, charitable organisation mostly in the area of social security.

SAFY aims:

  • to promote and implement the convention on the rights of the child,
  • to raise the quality of children, youth and family life,
  • to reduce social exclusion of children, youth and families,
  • to give opportunities to experience active spare time,
  • to motivate individuals and organizations to positive statements about children, youth and families,
  • to promote voluntary work,
  • to develop and support cooperation with non-governmental associations in Slovenia and abroad,
  • to help children and young people to create positive self-image
  • to form positive attitudes and values to life.

Spirit Slovenia

SPIRIT Slovenia is a public agency for the promotion of entrepreneurship, innovation, development, investment and tourism. Since the beginning of 2013 the Slovenian Economic Area is richer for the new institution, which represents an important step forward in achieving greater efficiency and competitiveness of the Slovenian economy.

The Agency’s mission is to be an active part of the business environment and ensure the competitiveness and promotion of the Slovenian economy and tourism. Public Agency SPIRIT Slovenia is to become an institution for Slovenian companies’ efficient and comprehensive support in the development and promotion of the global competitive market. Its mission is combining the knowledge and competencies in key, interrelated areas that determine the competitiveness of the economy, with the aim of increasing the added value of creating quality jobs and long-term competitiveness which is also the intention to support My sport is Franja.

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Cycling Association of Slovenia (SKC) brings together associations, clubs, organizations and individuals dealing with the cycling sport in the Republic of Slovenia together with a view to carry out joint tasks relevant to the development of cycling sport, for the development of cycling activities overall, in particular, the development of Slovenian cycling teams. SKC has several sections of organization and operation: road and racecourse biking, mountain biking and BMX, multiplicity and recreation, judging organization. SKC has three autonomous organizations: Association coaches, teachers, trainers and cycling guides, Association of contestants and Holders of licenses and membership cards, which are not included in your club or association. It will support My sport is Franja and bring in the knowledge and experience with coaching.

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Istria Tourist Board

IRTA (Istrian tourism development agency) is an agency specialized in developing Istrian tourism projects and products. The agency was formed in cooperation of the Istrian County and bigger hotel companies in Istria. Its aim is to create, develop and manage projects of importance to Istrian tourism, in cooperation with all touristic entities in Istria.

Some of the activities it deals with are: managing the destination call center and the official tourism website, developing outdoor segment projects and IstraInspirit cultural events.

The goal is to establish Istria as a touristic venue for the entire year.

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Sports union Ljubljana


Slovene Philanthropy

Slovene Philanthropy, Association for promotion of voluntary work, is ahumanitarian organization operating in public interest since 1992. Our programs are aimed at increasing the quality of life in the community and advocacy for the socially weak. The central activity of Slovene Philanthropy is the promotion of volunteering. We firmly believe that through volunteering we can all contribute to a better and more tolerant society, based on the respect of all people regardless of their personal or living circumstances.

The values we advocate are: respect for nature and fellow man, solidarity, tolerance, equality and equal opportunities for all.

We combine various activities in program units that function within Slovene Philanthropy:

  • Volunteering;
  • Migrations;
  • Intergenerational cooperation;
  • Promotion of health;
  • International and development cooperation.

Segregation of society is increasing the number of areas that require the engagement of people in order to assure the values of a just society. Through our programs we are entering areas not yet covered by national institutions or covered only to a certain degree: assistance to refugees, children and young migrants, aid for the homeless and other persons without health insurance in access to health services, advocacy of rights of migrant workers, establishment of intergenerational cooperation.

Our vision is a kind and secure society that offers a safe environment to all, even those who are for any reason unable to provide a comfortable existence for themselves and their families, through true partnership cooperation of national institutions, the economic sector and voluntary activities of citizens.

We firmly believe the quality of life in our community is our common responsibility, so we support initiatives that are in accordance with our values.

Cycling Festival Europe

Cycling Festival Europe

The initiative during the Netherlands EU presidency to increase the number of cycling kilometers in EU countries has been joined by all EU capital cities. In Ljubljana – the Green Capital of Europe 2016 – we will share the best cycling practices of different initiatives with the rest of Europe

The Netherlands Embassy in Ljubljana has prepared a truly rich program with various Slovene partners, experts in cycling. We are proud to announce that two Slovene national campaigns have joined the Cycling Festival Europe: Safety on the Bike, Bring Happiness to Work !

6-11 June: Franja Academy: International programme for the exchange of best practices in the integration of cycling and cultural heritage.
Location: Crystal Palace, BTC

10 June: Lecture of Mr. Dorian Lohmann, Dutch Cycling Embassy at Franja Academy
Location: Crystal Palace, BTC

10-12 June: Franja Marathon BTC City
Marathon Franja BTC City is the leading three-day cycling event in Slovenia that in 2016 celebrates the 35th anniversary. Organized by Cycling club Rog with the support of the main sponsors and co-organizers Municipality of Ljubljana and the company BTC d.d., it is a unique sport spectacle. The marathon represents the best practice among cycling events with international participation in Slovenia and beyond. It is the platform for active and healthy living, socializing and new business opportunities. In 2015 this traditional cycling event, that is closely related to European cultural heritage, has grown into a two year EU-funded project My sport is Franja to spread the positive spirit of Marathon Franja BTC City and its values among European community.
Start/End: BTC


Netherlands Embassy in Ljubljana, Slovenia

The Netherlands will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 January to 30 June 2016. It wants a Union that focuses on the essentials, creates growth and jobs through innovation, and connects with civil society.

The Netherlands wants the European Union to focus on what matters to Europe’s citizens and businesses. The priorities are prosperity, freedom and security. It does not want the EU to deal with issues that the member states can organise perfectly well themselves. Examples include health care, education, pensions and taxation.

Innovation, growth and jobs come first. To that end, Europe needs smarter rules – simplified rules that apply to all member states. That will reduce bureaucracy and costs for citizens, companies and public authorities alike.

It is important for citizens and civil society organisations to feel connected to Europe, and they will if they see the EU achieving results that matter. And if they can follow how the EU works.

In Europe we stand stronger together. There is more that unites us than divides us. That applies to trade, the environment, the climate, energy and, not least, our peace, security and prosperity. The Dutch tradition of consultation and cooperation can accomplish a lot in Europe.