The Slovenia Times

High-level attendance at ceremony for Hungarian minority organisation


The celebrations of the Pomurje Hungarian Self-Governing National Community are officially at the centre of the visit by the pair to the Slovenian border town, but it is expected that the officials will broach other subjects at a working dinner that will follow the ceremony.

No topic of discussion has been revealed by the two prime ministers, but the expectation is that they will focus on the European refugee crisis.

Hungary stopped the influx of refugees into its territory by erecting a razor wire fence first at its border with Serbia in September and then going on to seal its border with Croatia in mid-October.

The move diverted the migrant route through Slovenia, which has seen more than 150,000 migrants cross its border since then. The wave peaked on 21 October, when more than 12,600 arrived in a single day.

The pair did not give statements to the press as they arrived at the ceremony.

Prior to the ceremony, Cerar met representatives of the Hungarian minority outfit and those of the Slovenian minority in Hungary, telling them the government was committed to providing for minority rights in line with national and international standards.

The Pomurje Hungarian Self-Governing National Community is the umbrella minority organisation of Hungarians living in Slovenia with the primary task of protecting the Hungarian language and national conscience.

According to the 2002 census, the Hungarian minority numbered 6,243, most of whom lived in north-eastern Slovenia.


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