He was elected to the National Council as a representative of social care.
Member of the Interest Group of Non-Commercial Fields.
Vice-Chairman of the Commission for Social Care, Labour, Health and Disabled.
Member of the Commission for Economy, Trade, Tourism and Finance.
Danijel Kastelic was born on 25 September 1965 in Ljubljana. He lives in Veliki Kal, Šentvid pri Stični, in the Municipality of Ivančna Gorica. He is married and his two children enjoy family life in their own households.
He is the president of the Slovenian Paraplegic Association (https://www.zveza-paraplegikov.si/), is currently the head of the Council for Persons with Disabilities of the Republic of Slovenia and was the vice-president of the National Council of Disabled People’s Organisations of Slovenia for two terms.
Before the onset of his disability – paraplegia, which confined him to a wheelchair –, he was employed in the business sector. He was then retired on account of disability in accordance with the then employment policy and the nature of the work. Until the onset of his disability, he played trumpet in the Stična wind orchestra. He completed studies in metallurgical engineering and, soon after his rehabilitation, at 25 years of age, became actively involved in the work of the Association of Paraplegics of the Ljubljana Region and the Slovenian Paraplegic Association. His participation in wheelchair basketball began in 1995, when he was an active member of the Slovene national team and the head of wheelchair basketball within the Slovenian Paraplegic Association, and concluded in 2002, the year the national team achieved the best results since Slovenia’s independence. Within the Leonardo da Vinci project "Training for Life", he, together with colleagues from four European countries, assisted in the preparation of a manual for young players of wheelchair basketball and was the co-organiser of the 1st European Wheelchair Basketball Conference in Athens in 2003. The same year, he concluded his rich and active sporting career by heading the Slovenian national team at the European championships in wheelchair basketball in Sardinia. In 2002, based on his initiative, an international basketball league was established with the purpose of bringing together teams from neighbouring countries in the South-East European region. In 2006 he co-founded the European Spinal Cord Injury Federation (ESCIF) and was the head of the Slovenian delegation at the founding congress in Switzerland.
While working within disabled people’s organisations, he continuously worked on expanding his knowledge and was actively engaged in the fields of protection of disabled persons and social protection. As a member of various working groups, he participated, and still participates, in drafting the legislation in this field (including the Equalisation of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities Act (the ZIMI), the law on the Foundation for Funding Disability and Humanitarian Organisations of Slovenia (FIHO) and the Foundation for Financing of Sports Organisations (FŠO), the law on the Council for Persons with Disabilities of the Republic of Slovenia, and the Personal Assistance Act (the ZOA)). As an expert with wide experience, he has given lectures and has chaired various workshops on disability and social inclusion. Throughout, compliance with the Code of Ethics in the field of social protection has been his guiding principle in his work. He also participates in management bodies of the Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia (the ZZZS). He constantly strives to improve his knowledge in various fields; he is a lay judge at Ljubljana Labour and Social Court and a certified internal evaluator of SIQ processes for NGOs and a member of the Slovenian Directors’ Association and has completed a programme for qualified member of the expert committee under the Personal Assistance Act.
He advocates the maintenance and further development or reasonable modification of a social state, to which the Republic of Slovenia is committed under the provision of Article 2 of the Constitution. As many social rights of various social groups have been curtailed as a result of the financial crisis in recent years, he plans to make additional efforts to preserve and restore such rights, as they provide social security for many, enabling them to meet their basic needs and have a basic quality of life.
He takes an active approach to the specific needs of different socially disadvantaged and discriminated-against groups that are pushed to the margins of society for various reasons. However, since the quality of life of said groups also depends on the economic and social efficiency of the most productive part of the population, he has a positive attitude to the general regulation of working conditions for the economic and social life of the entire population, because it matters how issues such as childcare, the living conditions of young families and the economic/social regulatory framework, which may or may not encourage births, are regulated.
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