Boštjan Koritnik, born on 15 June 1979, graduated from the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana in 2005, obtaining a university degree in law.
Before and after graduating, he worked part-time for the economy section of the Delo newspaper. From 2006 to 2010, he did a variety of work for the GV Založba publishing company, where he first excelled as a journalist and editor of the magazine Pravna praksa as well as an in-house lawyer and then, from 2010 to 2013, as the director and editor in chief. After the company’s merger with Ius Software d. o. o., he was a (co-)director and editor in chief until the beginning of 2015.
Mr Koritnik has been employed at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana as a teaching assistant and secretary since 2015. Since 2016, he has also worked as the director of the Faculty of Law Publishing House and the managing director and member of the Založba Audiobook d.o.o. start-up company. He worked with three crypto companies as a lawyer and co-founder and was the director of the GLEDOS (Global Education System) project. He participated in numerous studies – including for the European Commission and different ministries –, authored or co-authored legal opinions and other scholarly texts (242 entries in the Cobiss system) and lectured about blockchain technology and entrepreneurship in both Slovenia and abroad. Mr Koritnik has performed different roles in societies since 2008: he is the Secretary-General of the Association of Slovenian Lawyers Societies (ZDPS), treasurer of the Association of Slovenian Corporate Law Societies (ZDGPS) and president of the Sports Law Association. He is also the vice-president of the Tivoli Ljubljana Lions Club and president of the ABA Basketball League Appeals Board. In 2019, he received special recognition from the Rector of the University of Ljubljana for professionals and – with two other colleagues – the 2019 Lawyer of the Year title awarded by the Association of Slovenian Lawyers Societies (ZDPS).
How can CEE best grasp the opportunity to benefit from tech-driven growth? How can the EU Recovery plan help grow the digitalization efforts in the region? What are the most likely areas for strengthening regional cooperation in the digital area?
Digital technology is at the centre of today’s economic debate due to its wide use during the COVID-19 outbreak. While technological advancements were already changing the world over the past two decades, the pandemic has further amplified the adoption of new technologies. In the CEE region, the lockdown-induced digital acceleration was particularly visible during the first months of the coronavirus crisis, with the rate of growth of the digital economy being almost twice as high as the year-on-year change observed in 2017–2019.
Synchronized with the EU’s recovery plans and strategic priorities, it is already clear that the future growth model for CEE should be based on digital and green technologies. At the same time, the region’s digital transition is an opportunity to grow not only its economic future but also its political influence within the EU and in the transatlantic relationship.