Austrian Official Calls for Cooperation among European Regions

19. Juni 2006, 00:00

In a Europe of regions it is important that the regions do not compete among themselves but cooperate, Governor...

In a Europe of regions it is important that the regions do not compete among themselves but cooperate, Governor General of Austrias Styria region Franz Voves said at a meeting with Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel. 

Meeting Rupel in Ljubljana as part of his one-day visit to Slovenia, Voves stressed that there is enormous potential for cooperation between Slovenia and Styria. 

Rupel told a press conference after the meeting that Slovenia and Styria have excellent relations. Slovenia stands ready to broaden ties, including as part of "Euroregional" cooperation, he said. 

Rupel stressed that Slovenia would like to be at the heart of the planned Euroregion, surrounded by Austrian, Croatian, Italian and possibly Hungarian regions. 

Styria has an interest in cooperating with Slovenia in a number of fields, including culture, business and politics, Voves explained. 

Meanwhile, talks between the officials also touched on the position of the Slovenian minority in Austria and the German-speaking community in Slovenia.

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