Co-operation between the Republic of Slovenia and the indigenous Slovenian national community in neighbouring countries
The Government adopted the Economic co-operation strategy between the Republic of Slovenia and the indigenous Slovenian national community in neighbouring countries until 2020.
The goal of the strategy is a synchronised, synergetic and strategic approach by all relevant economic stakeholders from Slovenia and neighbouring countries (state authorities, companies, legislative bodies, forums, minority associations, diplomatic and consular representations, other economic stakeholders, as well as individuals on both sides of the borders) – the amalgamation and alignment of capital, know-how, experience, human resources and activities. Such actions would fortify existing economic activities and create new ones in areas inhabited by the Slovenian national community and within the Republic of Slovenia; additionally, they would increase competitiveness in third country markets with a view to establishing a more homogeneous vision of economic co-operation between the expatriate community and their home country.
The Government’s Office for Slovenians Abroad named a permanent working group to execute the strategy. The work will be supervised by the Office. The working group includes representatives of economic organisations belonging to the independent Slovenian national community in neighbouring countries. The working group’s tasks are harmonisation, mutual notification and information sharing, alignment, consulting and final economic co-operation; the drafting of content and forwarding of annual economic co-operation plans between the Republic of Slovenia and the indigenous Slovenian national community in neighbouring countries; the drafting of reports and reviews of cross-border co-operation projects.
The content and forward annual plan contains a number of events this year which particularly emphasise economic co-operation between the RS and the indigenous national community in neighbouring countries. A special conference will review the possibilities of Slovenian financial institutions participating in expatriate day-to-day-life. In co-operation with the Institute for Ethnic Studies, the Office will organise a round table to analyse economic stakeholders already active in cross-border co-operation and those that could add to the economic development of border areas. On 17 May 2011 at 9am, the Mons Hotel in Ljubljana (Vurnik Hall) will host the Slovenian Economic Association of Trieste, accompanied by the Office and other economic organisations from the indigenous national community in neighbouring countries, and their conference on ‘Including the Young in Cross-Border Economic Processes’.
Last year’s content and forward plan, sponsored by the Slovenian Economic Association of Klagenfurt and the Office for Slovenians Abroad, also included a cross-border business conference entitled ‘Go Austria! Opportunities for Slovenian Businesses in Austria’.