22 March 2010

New office building of the NLB Trieste Branch in Opicina

Today, on 22 March, a solemn opening of the new office building of NLB Trieste Branch was held in Opicina near Trieste, which was attended by many business partners, representatives of the Slovene national community and other renowned guests from Italy and Slovenia. The participants were welcomed by the Mayor of Trieste Roberto Dipiazza, the president of the Trieste Province Maria Teresa Bassa Poropat and the Regional Councillor for International Relations and European Co-operation Federica Seganti, all of whom have emphasised the role of the NLB in this area and its significance for an even broader co-operation of both countries and the contribution of this area to the inclusion of the SE European countries into the European Union. The opening was completed by the speech of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor, joined by Renzo Tondo, President of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.

In his welcome speech, the President of the Management Board Božo Jašovič pointed out that the opening of the new office of NLB Trieste Branch was a new step towards the upgrading of the traditionally good co-operation, which will add a new quality and new impetus to future development.

The NLB has always paid special attention to this area where the Italian and the Slovene space are tightly intertwined and which has always played an important role as a junction of commodity and other flows. For years, the NLB has been operating in Italy, which is an important trade partner of Slovenia. Last year was the 30th anniversary of the establishment of a representative office and next year will be the 10th anniversary of the Trieste Branch. In this decade, the Branch has complemented its range of services, built good client relations, improved its professional, reliable and quick services and above all good knowledge of companies and situation in the area. It established new connections and created new opportunities. It became a connecting link, a bridge between business partners which it supports in their operations in Slovenia and Italy and in their breakthrough to the markets of SE Europe.

The NLB, of which the Trieste Branch is part, is the parent bank of the NLB Group - the largest Slovene international financial institution. With its 54 members present on 18 markets of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the NLB Group is a partner providing many combinations of financial services suitable for every business: banking, leasing, trade finance, insurance and asset management are only a few in its range of services.

Regarding the future, the President of the Management Board of the NLB Božo Jašovič underlined: "There is no doubt that the NLB will stay in this region: in Trieste, in Gorizia and we have already started looking for new opportunities," and added: "Following the unique spirit of this diversified but common European area, the new building is indeed a characterful structure. Co-operation and consideration of the environment in which the branch operates, as well as the innovativeness and focus on the future are the guidelines for our future work with the clients."

About the building: Built with special care for the environment

The building at Dunajska cesta 55/1 is energy efficient and technologically innovative; it does not use fossil fuels as the source of energy and releases no emissions into the atmosphere. The only sources of energy are the earth and the sun and all materials used are of natural origin. Total required electricity is produced by the solar power plant on the building's roof. Even though the new office building is self-sufficient from the point of view of energy requirements (passive), it is very functional, flexible and comfortable. Its orientation in the environment is such that natural daylight is provided for throughout the year and that the winter sun is exploited to the maximum extent; with proper use of shades, the offices will be pleasantly cool during the summer. Rainwater is collected and purified with UV filters so that it can be reused, also for watering the green environment.

NLB Public Relations