THE NEXT ROUND OF OUR DIGITAL CONFERENCE SERIES
Participation for EU officials, ministry officials from EU member states/accession candidate countries and interested parties.
Slovenia. The fourth-smallest EU member state has a population of 2.1 million, an area around half the size of the Netherlands, or about as big as the German federal state of Rheinland-Pfalz, and it is very pro-European. Its diversity is reflected by an alpine climate in the mountains and Mediterranean influences on the coast, with respect for tradition but openness to the digital transformation and artificial intelligence.
Slovenian society, which includes minorities such as Serbs, Croats, Italians and Hungarians, has a very high level of education, with knowledge of foreign languages making a key contribution.
Immediately after achieving independence, joining the EU became one of top priorities in Slovenian foreign policy. The accession negotiations began in 1998 and six years later Slovenia joined the EU as part of its eastern expansion, supported by almost 90% of the electorate, the political elite and a broad-based civil society.
‘Many people believe the idea of Europe is in crisis today, but when we face such situations, we must try harder to find solutions as ultimately our future is at stake and we will find really good ones. It’s good that we’re talking about Europe.’ (His Excellency Franc But, the Republic of Slovenia’s ambassador to Germany)
Looking at multilingualism and its importance in the regional and socio-economic context, the ‘Europe. Your Languages’ conference series also explores the challenges for Slovenian in a multilingual Europe and a globalised world of work.
The full programme details can be found here:
The event will be broadcast live via Zoom.
Event languages/simultaneous interpretation: German, English, Slovenian.
The Department of German Studies of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in Ljubljana and the Goethe-Institut Ljubljana are planning a conference on this topic during the day on 21.10.2021, which will focus on methodological-didactic issues relating to multilingualism in Slovenia. If you are interested, more information could be found here.