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Ministers visit Slovenian minority in Croatia

Ljubljana, 21 January - Agriculture Minister Jože Podgoršek and Minister for Slovenians Abroad Helena Jaklitsch met the members of the Slovenian community living in Croatia's Gorski Kotar region on Friday, discussing positive developments in the region.

The two ministers attended a meeting with representatives of the Slovenian minority in Gorski Kotar, including the head of the Union of Slovenian Associations in Croatia, Barbara Riman.

Jaklitsch and Podgoršek also inspected the construction of the Gorski Kotar tourist-educational farm in the village of Prezid, planned as a multifunctional community centre wherethe the Slovenian minority in the region will pursue various activities.

Construction in the project worth EUR 1.28 million began in 2020 and is expected to be finished next year. Podgoršek praised the project and other developments in the region, saying that this can become the basis for future work and activities.

Meanwhile, Jaklitsch expressed her conviction that the farm in Prezid will soon become "a beautiful and truly Slovenian centre, which will be filled with content and enriched by the Slovenians living here".

The ministers also met other representatives of administrative, cultural and agricultural organisations of the Slovenian minority in Croatia, with minister Jaklitsch thanking them for their hard work and constructive and positive attitude towards the Slovenian community.

© STA, 2022