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19. 2. 2013

The Council of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for Slovenians Abroad met in Ljubljana

On 14th November 2012 in Ljubljana the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia Janez Janša and the minister for Slovenians abroad Ljudmila Novak met the Council of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for Slovenians Abroad which was chaired by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia.

The members of the Council are the members of organizations of indigenous Slovenian national communities in the neighbouring countries who have rich experience in focusing on the development of the indigenous national communities in the neighbouring countries and the Slovenian ministers and state secretaries dealing with the issue of Slovenian minorities in the neighbouring countries.

 

At the meeting the Council discussed the key issues faced by the indigenous Slovenian national communities in the neighbouring countries and the starting points for the operation of the Council of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for Slovenians Abroad in its new term of office. At the Council's meeting, a debate focused on the new challenges and priorities of the cooperation between Slovenia and the indigenous Slovenian national communities in the neighbouring countries. The next important step was upgrading policies and strategies that would provide solutions for new challenges in the fields of culture, language, science, economy, sports, intergenerational cooperation, youth and cross-border cooperation, in particular, in connection with drawing on European funds and cooperation between municipalities. Members of the organizations of indigenous Slovenian national communities in the neighbouring countries particularly emphasized that the successful development of the Republic of Slovenia is the best form of support.

 

After the meeting Prime Minister Janez Janša expressed his support for the creation of strong ties between Slovenia and Slovenians in the neighbouring countries. The minister Ljudmila Novak was happy that the meeting once again showed the desire to create a common Slovene cultural space.