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Leadership of Slovenian community in Croatia gets another term

Rijeka, 20 May - Barbara Riman, who has been heading the Union of Slovenian Associations in Croatia since 2018, was elected for another four-year term at Friday's election congress in Rijeka. Deputy head Jasmina Dlačić also got another term in what Riman says is a confirmation that the union is heading in the right direction.

Rijeka, Croatia
Barbara Riman, the head of the Union of Slovenian Associations in Croatia.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

Both Riman and Dlačić were unanimously elected by the delegates.

"The presidents of Slovenian associations have once again shown us their trust, which clearly confirms that we are heading in the right direction, and that the union is heading in the right direction," Riman told STA after the election.

She announced the union would strive to rejuvenate the Slovenian associations in Croatia and implement the rights offered by Croatia and Slovenia. It would also actively prepare projects for tenders.

"We will also work on better mutual understanding, strive to become noticed, and strive to make the Slovenian community in Croatia become daily present in Slovenia as well as in Croatia."

The Union of Slovenian Associations in Croatia represents all Slovenian associations in Croatia in relations with Slovenia and Croatia.

It was founded in 1992 at the initiative of then Slovenian Ambassador to Croatia Matija Malešič. At the time, only three Slovenian associations were active - in Zagreb, Rijeka and Karlovac, while today there are 16. The union was based in Rijeka until 1996 and then moved to Zagreb.

The union marked its 30th anniversary in Rijeka on 10 May with a ceremony attended by President Borut Pahor.

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