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NGOs receive books from Austria for 21st consecutive year

Ljubljana, 24 May - Austria and the Klagenfurt-based publisher Mohorjeva Družba carry on their long-standing tradition of donating books to Slovenian NGOs and minority and diaspora organisations to celebrate friendship between the two countries. The 21st annual donation campaign was rounded off on Tuesday.

Ljubljana
The conclusion of the 21st annual book donation campaign with Austrian Ambassador Elisabeth Ellison-Kramer and Ivan Olip of the Klagenfurt-based publisher Mohorjeva Družba pictured with the winners of vouchers for books.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Ljubljana
Austrian Ambassador Elisabeth Ellison-Kramer (centre) takes part in the event marking the conclusion of the 21st annual book donation campaign.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Ljubljana
Austrian Ambassador Elisabeth Ellison-Kramer (centre) takes part in the event marking the conclusion of the 21st annual book donation campaign.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Ljubljana
Minister for Slovenians Abroad Helena Jaklitsch addresses the event marking the conclusion of the 21st annual book donation campaign.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Ljubljana
Austrian Ambassador Elisabeth Ellison-Kramer (foreground), Minister for Slovenians Abroad Helena Jaklitsch and MEP Ljudmila Novak attend the event marking the conclusion of the 21st annual book donation campaign.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Ljubljana
Austrian Ambassador Elisabeth Ellison-Kramer addresses the event marking the conclusion of the 21st annual book donation campaign.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Ljubljana
An event marking the conclusion of the 21st annual book donation campaign sponsored by the Austrian Embassy.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Ljubljana
Minister for Slovenians Abroad Helena Jaklitsch addresses the event marking the conclusion of the 21st annual book donation campaign.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Ljubljana
An event marking the conclusion of the 21st annual book donation campaign sponsored by the Austrian Embassy.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Since 2002, Mohorjeva Družba, the oldest Slovenian publisher, has been donating books to Slovenian organisations with the financial support of Austria. The EUR 50,000 donation was presented in the form of book vouchers at an event in Ljubljana by Austrian Ambassador to Slovenia Elisabeth Ellison-Kramer and the head of Mohorjeva Družba Ivan Olip.

This time around, the books will go to the Veneto region in north-eastern Italy, known for a strong Slovenian ethnic community. There are charities and schools among the recipients, including the Pavel Petričič Špeter school, which can look forward to new additions to its library.

Minister for Slovenians Abroad Helena Jaklitsch thanked the publisher for its efforts dedicated to Slovenian minority members and emigrants.

She noted that Mohorjeva Družba nurtured ties between Slovenians as well as preserved the Slovenian language and bolstered Slovenian identity, a press release by the Government Office for Slovenians Abroad reads.

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