In the light of Slovenia’s presidency of the EU
Slovenia is the only EU member state that celebrates its cultural holiday as a public holiday, with a day off work.
To this end, this week Tamara Weingerl Požar, deputy permanent representative of Slovenia to the EU (COREPER I), presented copies of Drago Jančar’s book To noč sem jo videl (I Saw Her That Night) in English, French, or German translations to her colleagues as a gift. In addition, she presented the cultural-promotional project Europe Readr.
Europe Readr is a project initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia on the occasion of the upcoming Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in July 2021 and realised in cooperation with EUNIC. Europe Readr aims to foster reading culture and critical thinking across societies about the future of living, support the creation of public spaces for exchange and debate on shared European values, dialogue on the European Green Deal, sustainability and urbanism through a curated programme of activities.
The writer, playwright and essayist Drago Jančar is the most translated Slovenian author. He draws inspiration from history and life in all its nuances. He has received numerous awards for his work, including four Kersnik Awards for his novels, the Prešeren Award for lifetime achievement, the Herder Prize for Literature, and the Austrian State Prize for European Literature. The Slovenian Writers’ Association has nominated him for the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature.