Legal basis in place for return of National Hall to minority
Trieste, 8 October - The Italian government has adopted a decree effectively returning the National Hall in Trieste in possession of the Slovenian community there, a step that comes just over a year after the signing of a memorandum on the return of the symbolically important building.
The news was reported on Twitter by Senator Tatjana Rojc, a member of the Slovenian community in Italy, and Primorski Dnevnik, the minority's Trieste-based newspaper.
Primorski Dnevnik says the government issued a decree changing the 2001 minority protection act to provide for the gratuitous transfer of the building to the National Hall Foundation.
The transfer involves the exchange of several pieces of real estate between Trieste University, the current owner of the building, and the Agency for Public Goods.
The National Hall was built in the early 1900s and was the community's central cultural and economic institution. In July 1920 it was torched by Italian nationalists and Fascists.
An agreement on the transfer of the building to the Slovenian community was signed during last year's ceremony marking the centennial of the torching of the building in the presence of presidents Sergio Mattarella and Borut Pahor.