On Tuesday, President Katalin Novák visited Prekmurje to meet with the Hungarian community in Slovenia. Slovenian President Nataša Pirc Musar also joined the Hungarian Head of State for the visit. The visit concluded with a moderated discussion at the renovated cultural center in Dobrovnik (Dobronak), a village with a predominantly Hungarian population.
Katalin Novák expressed her joy that in Prekmurje it is possible to live in peace and mutual support as a national minority with members of the majority community. She added that Hungarian businesses and economic operators operating in Slovenia also enjoy support. “In this country, the Hungarian minority is not seen as an enemy, but as a resource that contributes to the economy,” she stressed. The president referred to the situation of the Hungarians in Transcarpathia (Ukraine), who besides facing the threat of war, also have to fight to defend their minority rights and their Hungarian identity.
Nataša Pirc Musar stressed that
Slovenia and Hungary could be a role model for many countries in the way they deal with minority issues.”
As the Slovenian President said, following the lives of Slovenians living beyond the border is a priority for her. When she visits Hungary she always gets positive feedback from Slovenians living there, she added.
Novák and Nataša Pirc Musar also visited the renovated Lendvai Bilingual Secondary School and the Early Development Center in Radmožanci (Radamos). The Lendvai Secondary School is the only bilingual secondary school in the Slovenian-Hungarian bilingual area of Slovenia. The new classrooms were renovated jointly with the support of Slovenia and Hungary.
In her social media post, the Hungarian Head of State thanked Musar for considering it essential to meet the Hungarian community.
In the Carpathian Basin kindergarten development program, the institutions of the Hungarian community in Prekmurje received HUF 316 million (EUR 831,000) in funding. Among other things, this money was used to establish the Early Development Centre in Radmožanci.
Via MTI, Featured image: Facebook/Novák Katalin