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Prime Minister Janez Janša at the Statehood Day celebration: 'Proud of Vrhpolje – events preceding the declaration of independence'

  • Former Prime Minister Janez Janša (2020 - 2022)

Today, Prime Minister Janez Janša attended the central event marking the 30th Slovenian statehood anniversary in Vrhpolje near Vipava, organised by the Association for the Values of Slovenian Independence in cooperation with the Municipality of Vipava and the Vrhpolje Parish.

The Prime Minister was the keynote speaker at the event, addressing the importance of Slovenian symbols, the Slovenian flag and coat of arms, for which people sacrificed their lives 30 years ago. “Our symbols deserve the respect of us all.” He recalled the times 30 years ago, when Slovenia was left to itself, the important role of Slovenian compatriots around the world, who were decisively responsible for the international recognition of Slovenia. “They had a difficult task explaining to people abroad about a newly emerged country and its symbols.” According to the Prime Minister, now, 30 years later, the situation is different. “There was no country ignorant of the fact that Slovenia was celebrating its 30thanniversary.” He described this as a great achievement and as something that does not happen to all countries. He pointed out that, despite the epidemic, Slovenia today has one of the highest economic growth rates in the European Union and that the economic situation is good. “Not a week goes by without a new investment in Slovenia."

The Prime Minister then spoke about the Statehood Day celebration and the beginning of the presidency of the Council of the EU, a national celebration attended by the prime ministers of the three neighbouring countries and the foreign ministers of Italy and Portugal. He added that Slovenia is the one that can help others.

He concluded his speech by thanking Vrhpolje residents for their boldness, adding that Vipava Valley is one of the healthiest areas to live in Slovenia. “Vrhpolje residents live in a place that bears one of the most beautiful names found in the Slovenian language” Polje (field) is a symbol of fertility and vrh (summit) rises above it. God bless the Vipava Valley and Slovenia.”