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Slovenia-Carinthia Committee discusses cooperation

Klagenfurt, 29 September - Foreign Minister Anže Logar and Carinthia Governor Peter Kaiser chaired a session of the Slovenia-Carinthia Committee in Klagenfurt, Austria, on Wednesday, which set out the course for future cooperation between Slovenia and the Austrian state of Carinthia in several areas of joint interest.

The two sides agreed to continue cooperation in transport, environment protection and spatial planning, and in protection against natural and other disasters, the Slovenian Foreign Ministry said after the session.

Cooperation in education and sports will also continue. In this context, both sides particularly highlighted that the exchanges of teachers and kindergarten teachers should continue along with cooperation in Nordic Skiing World Cup, which Slovenia is to host in 2023.

In science, officials highlighted the strengthening of cooperation between research institutions in artificial intelligence.

Logar also held a separate meeting with Kaiser on the sidelines of the meeting. He said he was happy that cooperation was strengthening in new technologies and start-ups, and stressed the importance of good bilateral relations with Carinthia.

The minister also stressed the importance of quality education in Slovenian for the Slovenian community from kindergarten to the end of secondary school. It is also important that the department of Slovenian studies remains a part of the University of Klagenfurt, he said.

Prior to the meeting of the Slovenia-Carinthia Committee, Logar held talks with the representatives of the Slovenian minority in Carinthia. The talks focussed on the implementation of the minority's rights and the opportunities for education in Slovenian.

Logar said Slovenia would continue to support the minority's efforts for long-term and systemic solutions regarding the implementation of their rights.

© STA, 2021