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During the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Slovenia is paying special attention to preserving and enhancing cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. Therefore, the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture are organising an international Ministerial event, the Ljubljana Conference Rehabilitating our Common Heritage, to be held on 6 and 7 November in Ljubljana.
Slovenia will chair the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for the first time from 12 May to 18 November 2009. The Chairmanship programme has been drafted to include priorities based on the commitments of the Third Summit of the Council of Europe held in Warsaw in 2005.
Supporting creative industries through better intellectual property protection and the development of world-class IT infrastructure must become a priority for the EU, at a time when China and India are catching up on research and scientific innovation, Slovenia's Minister for Growth Ziga Turk told EurActiv ahead of the Spring Summit.
The Minister of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr Vasko Simoniti, today presented to the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education the programme goals in the field of culture and audiovisual content during Slovenia's Presidency of the EU Council.
The recommendations based on the conference “New Paradigms, New Models – Culture in the EU External Relations” which took place in Ljubljana, 13/14 May, 2008 as part of Slovenia’s presidency of the European Union.
The purpose of the conference is to present intercultural dialogue as a precondition for establishing a diversified yet tolerant society.