Bojan Šrot

Mayor of Celje is Bojan Šrot. He was born in 1960. He finished primary and secondary school in Celje and graduated from the University of Ljubljana (Faculty of Law) in 1985. As a student he was an active alpinist and enjoyed a status of a top athlete. He was a member of several alpinist expeditions, including three in Himalaya and Karakorum.

After graduation he was employed in the Court of Celje, where he successfully passed the judicial examination. Until 1991 he worked as a judge, until he opened his own law office and practiced until 1997, when he became state secretary at the Ministry of Justice. He was deputy minister and covered the field of judicial administration.

Since November 2007 until March 2009 he was the chairman of Slovenska ljudska stranka (The Slovenian People’s Party). Bojan Šrot was elected as mayor for the first time in 1998. At the local elections in 2018 he was entrusted with his 6th mandate.

The projects that marked the city’s development in the last 20 years, during Bojan Šrot’s tenure as Mayor of Celje, were primarily focused on matters of ecology, protection of natural and cultural heritage, development of tourism and other investment and development areas of the city. Among the most recognizable projects were the construction of a Central Wastewater Treatment Plant with the upgrade of the secondary sewage system, the construction of the Regional Waste Management Centre and the Heating Plant Celje, revitalization of the Old Castle Celje, sports infrastructure, a complete renovation of the old city centre, among others.

Nowadays, Celje is among the fastest developing and recognizable cities in Slovenia. With a fast and diverse development Celje has strengthened its position also in the EU. Over the past decade, Celje acquired over 60 million European funds in total, through which the city restored some of the existing road infrastructure or invested in the construction of a new one, renovated the old town, provided flood protection at the Savinja river basin, revitalized lake Šmartinsko jezero and other areas of the city, built a science park, established a public bus transport service and a public bike sharing system.