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Minority in Hungary urged to get organised ahead of census

Felsőszölnök/Szentgotthard, 29 June - Minister for Slovenians Abroad Matej Arčon has urged the Slovenian minority in Hungary to get organised ahead of the census in Hungary so as to maximise the number of those who pick Slovenian as their ethnicity.

Felsoszolnok, Hungary
Minister for Slovenians Abroad Matej Arčon (left) pays first visit to the Slovenian ethnic community in Hungary.
Photo: katja Kodba/STA

Felsoszolnok, Hungary
Minister for Slovenians Abroad Matej Arčon pays first visit to the Slovenian ethnic community in Hungary.
Photo: katja Kodba/STA

"The first challenge that awaits us is the census in Hungary, which is essential for the preservation of the national community," he said during an introductory visit to the community on Wednesday.

The visit was dedicated to determining the future mode of cooperation and it was agreed that four meetings would be held per year with monthly videoconferences to boot.

The representatives of Slovenian organisations said they got a good first impression, with Karel Holec of the Slovenian Self-Governing Community saying that continuation of an economic development programme for the region was among the topics of discussion.

Arčon visited the Slovenian model farm and Slovenian Self-Governing Community in Felsoszolnok, and the consulate general and Slovenian info point in Szentgotthard.

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