1. Representing the members’ interests before the government

Cooperation with the Government, the ministries and the National Assembly in creation of economic policy and co-creating the best possible legislation governing craft, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. The core principle in legislation should be “Think Small First”.

2. Informing the members

  • Obrtnik podjetnik magazine (sent to all members regularly paying the membership fee)

  • Public relations (information about craft in other media)

  • Internet and Intranet

  • Podjetnik magazine

  • A number of other publications (collections, manuals, textbooks and promotionalmaterial)

3. Performing services to members

Consulting to the members (incorporating a company – the VEM one-stop-shop, taxes, labour and welfare law, company and civil law, wages and salaries, accounting and bookkeeping, technical regulations and standards, favourable sources of finance, entering foreign markets, environmental protection, health and safety at work and e-business).

  • Organising training

  • Organising fairs

  • Organising participation of members on fairs in Slovenia and abroad

  • Organising business conferences

  • Obrtnik Card (identification, paying and discounts)

4. Exercising powers conferred by public law

  • Managing the procedure of issuing, changing or terminating the validity of craftlicences

  • Issuing decisions on entry of craft-like activities in the Craft Register

  • Managing the Craft Register as a centralised database

  • Issuing EU certificates by which companies and independent entrepreneurs prove thatthey meet the conditions for performing a craft or craft-like activity inSlovenia

  • Managing the Master Craftsmen Register and the Court Experts and Appraisers Register forcraft activities

  • Organising and implementing master craftsman exams

  • Performing the procedure of checking and establishing qualifications for certificatesunder the national qualification system (NQS)

  • Providing for obtaining basic qualifications and regular training of drivers of roadvehicles

  • Performing training and exams for servicing personnel for cooling and air-conditioningequipment and heat pumps    

  • Managing the teaching sites register – a database of certified plants for trainingsecondary school students – and the training agreements register

  • Managing interim and final exams in vocational education and supervising practicaltraining

  • Issuing certificates for domestic arts and crafts products

  • Issuing and withdrawing licences of the Road Transport Association

  • Issuing certificates to drivers not being citizens of a Member States of the Community

  • Issuing labels for car taxis

  • Issuing permits for international transport of goods to domestic carriers includingCEMT permits

  • Issuing certificates to carriers in the procedure for obtaining a Russian visa