Šarec addresses young Slovenian minority entrepreneurs
Ljubljana, 22 November - Prime Minister Marjan Šarec addressed in Ljubljana on Friday young Slovenians from the neighbouring countries as the two-year Alpe Adria Network project came to a close, emphasising the importance of the project and connections between young people as part of it.
Alpe Adria Network has been organised by the Slovenian Business Association (SGZ) from Klagenfurt as a business-oriented educational programme for young Slovenians from Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary.
"One of our advantages is that we know foreign languages, that we are educated and skilful and that we have given to the world many things which people don't know is actually of Slovenian origin," Šarec said at the event in Cankarjev Dom.
What he believes Slovenians do not always utilise is cooperation, "as too many times we ... fail to realise the different potentials we have". "You, the young, are our hope," Šarec added.
The prime minister also looked back at the past, at the fight for bilinguality, and at the ideas that the Slovenian nation should not express its identity and speak its language, the prime minister's office said in a press release.
It also quoted Šarec as saying that "Slovenia has always been respectful towards the minorities of the neighbouring nations" and that "we would like to see this attitude to be mutual and that you who live beyond Slovenia's borders be treated equally."
The Alpe Adria Network project is intended for young people who accept the challenge of creating space for developing innovations and support progress from the cultural, social, economic and sustainability aspects, the release says.
Its workshops featured around 30 young Slovenians from the neighbouring countries who were learning about the conditions and systems if entrepreneurship in these countries, and who could cooperate with each other professionally in the future.