Jaklitsch stress importance of sport for minorities’ identity

Szentgotthard – Minister for Slovenians Abroad Helena Jaklitsch attended a traditional meeting of Slovenian sport organisations from the neighbouring countries in Hungary’s Szentgotthárd on Saturday. The minister emphasised the importance of sport in preserving the Slovenian identity in the neighbouring countries.

This year, the event was organised by the Association of Slovenians in Hungary. It was the sixth meeting of the kind and second in the Hungarian region of Porabje.

After the meeting, Jaklitsch had a working meeting Erika Koleš Kiss, the Slovenian advocate in the Hungarian parliament, and the president of the Association of Slovenians in Hungary Andreja Kovacs.

They talked about further activities as part of the recently confirmed programme for the promotion of the economic basis of the ethnic Slovenian community in Hungary and preparations for the next session of the mixed commission for monitoring of the agreement on the provision of minority rights between Slovenia and Hungary.

The minister also talked with the minority representatives about the major challenges faced by Slovenians in Porabje, the Office for Slovenians Abroad said in a press release.