Slovenian President Dr Türk inaugurates the exhibition 'Ljubljana Process – Rehabilitating our Common Heritage'
At the inauguration of the exhibition 'Ljubljana Process – Rehabilitating our Common Heritage', organised within the framework of the Slovenian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the Slovenian President, Dr Danilo Türk, underlined in his address that Slovenia attaches particular importance to promoting and preserving cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. The rehabilitation of monuments in the Western Balkans - including those damaged during armed conflicts – is vital, not only because of the inherent value of specific monuments and heritage sites, but also as a way of bringing the communities closer together, building mutual trust and encouraging intercultural dialogue.
The Minister of Culture, Majda Širca, reaffirmed Slovenia's commitment to contributing to the success and recognition of the Ljubljana Process – a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Commission. To this end, an international conference on rehabilitating our common heritage will take place in Ljubljana on 6 and 7 November. Minister Širca pointed out that South-East Europe is rich in cultural heritage, which requires rehabilitation and our attention. This is not merely a matter of rehabilitating monuments, but of bringing life back to their surroundings.
The participants were addressed by the Slovenian President, the Minister of Culture and the host – Ambassador Marjetica Bole, Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the Council of Europe – as well as by the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Lluís Maria de Puig, the Director General of the Directorate General for education, culture and heritage, youth and sport, and the European Commission Representative to the Council of Europe, Luisella Pavan-Woolfe.