Jaklitsch meets representative of Slovenians in Croatia
Ljubljana, 7 March - Minister for Slovenians Abroad Helena Jaklitsch met Barbara Riman, the head of the umbrella organisation of Slovenia associations in Croatia, on Monday to discuss issues of concern to the Slovenian community in Croatia.
Riman presented the organisation's plans and the Interreg programmes they are preparing for the EU's next financial budget period, according to press release from the Office for Slovenians Abroad.
Riman and the minister also discussed the opportunities and challenges of the emerging tourism and educational farm in Prezid. It is crucial that "this kind of projects are perceived by the Slovenian minority as their own" and is used as an opportunity for integration and strengthening of Slovenian identity.
The pair also agreed that special attention should be devoted to the Slovenian language. They welcomed the growing interest in learning the language in recent years.
The Union of Slovenian Associations in Croatia will soon celebrate its 30th anniversary. Riman invited the minister to the ceremony on the occasion to be held in Rijeka in May.