Slovenian Parliament Speaker Discusses Euroregion with Italian Official

20. Juni 2006, 00:00

Slovenian Parliament Speaker France Cukjati discussed the planned Euroregion, which would include Slovenian and...

Slovenian Parliament Speaker France Cukjati discussed the planned Euroregion, which would include Slovenian and Austrian, Croatian, Italian and possibly Hungarian regions, as he met Alessandro Tesini, the president of the Regional Council of the Italian region of Friuli Venezia-Giulia. 

Tesini welcomed the idea on upgrading the Euroregion, presented in a recent letter by Slovenian FM Dimitrij Rupel. The upgraded Euroregion would include the Austrian provinces of Styria and Burgenland as well as several cities in Hungary. 

Cukjati and Tesini, moreover, agreed that parliamentary committees of provincial parliaments should meet in various towns of the future Euroregion and discuss infrastructure, energy, environment, tourism and minority issues. The first such meeting is expected to be staged in October in Slovenian capital of Ljubljana. 

The pair also discussed the issue of minority protection, with Tesini pointing out that positive shifts regarding the act on protecting the Slovenian minority in Italy have taken place in Italy after the recent general elections in the country. 

Cukjati, meanwhile, welcomed the positive attitude of the Friuli Venezia-Giulia in solving open issues, stressing that setting up an economic region also requires a suitable political environment.

The pair touched upon the issue of two gas terminals planned to be constructed in the Gulf of Trieste and agreed that energy-related issues could be solved with greater efficiency within the Euroregion.

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