Diaspora minister meets OSCE minorities official
Ljubljana, 7 September - Minister for Slovenians Abroad Matej Arčon received the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Kairat Abdrakhmanov on Wednesday, identifying youth, language learning and economic cooperation as the focus of the efforts of Slovenia's minority policy.
The Government Office for Slovenians Abroad said the meeting was meant to establish contacts and brief Commissioner Abdrakhmanov on how Slovenia addressed ethnic minority affairs.
As important areas of care for minorities, Arčon pointed to youth, language learning and economic cooperation, and noted the key role of the non-governmental sector in those efforts.
With the office's support, associations, societies and NGOs carry out "most of the activities aimed at preserving the vitality of minorities and promoting dialogue and integration," the release reads.
Abdrakhmanov hailed the high level of minority protection in Slovenia, both outside and inside the country, and invited the office to share best practices at events and activities held by the commissioner's office.
The meeting was also joined by Stane Baluh, the head of the Office for National Minorities. Both him and the minister noted the "excellent cooperation between the two offices", which reflects "the good relations between Slovenian communities in neighbouring countries and ethnic minority communities in Slovenia".