The mining of mineral resources is the prerequisite to economic growth and to the progression of societies and countries. We use mineral resources to satisfy many of our needs. For example, mineral resources are being used as an energy source, they are also used in construction, the automobile industry, and the electric industry. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed our vulnerability being dependent on the external supply of important mineral resources in this globalized world.
The Slovenian legislation should be not only economically effective but should also pursue the goal of protecting the environment. In this thesis, the author outlines the shortcomings of the Slovenian legislation in relation to the extension of concession contracts, the legal nature of the National Mining Strategy, the bankruptcy processes, illegal mining operations, and hydraulic fracturing. The author also outlines possible solutions to these problems, comparing the Slovenian legislation with the Austrian and the Croatian legislation.