The mayor of the town community
Nova gorica Mirko Brulc at the occasion of Slovenian
entry to the Schengen territory
12 / 2007
will very soon become a part of the Schengen territory.
What does this mean for you and for Nova gorica, which
is located along the border?
This event is for the people at the border even more
important moment as the Slovenian access to EU or
the acquisition of Euro. Now there will be no more
border in physical sense what means our common area
of Gorica will really be united. People will be able
to cross the border everywhere. Important is also
the feeling that it is not necessary to stop at the
border anymore and to show documents. Nova gorica
is already now developing very successfully and I
am convinced the new reality will have positive effects
to future development.
are you preparing for this event?
For such an important historical day we have prepared
a rich programme of performances, which will take
place on December the 20th. The main manifestation
on the occasion of Slovenian entry to the Schengen
territory will be at 9.00 p.m. in the new sportshall
in Nova gorica - amusing ceremony on the border theme
“La prepustnica” (directed by Boris Kobal). The honorary
guest will be the newly elected president of the Republic
of Slovenia dr. Danilo Türk. Next there will be the
turning on of lights on the common market of both
towns- the European market, with a concert of Christmas
and New year songs and with mulled wine, warm tea
and trials of holiday delicacies. At midnight there
will be- at the international border crossing Rožna
dolina-celebration by the last lifting of the border
gates. Finally the mayors will symbolically take a
drive across the “once local border crossing” in the
center of towns Nova gorica and Gorizia. In Rožna
dolina-near the international border crossing- an
amusment for young people will go on, starting at
8.00 p.m., with different musical groups. We are very
glad that the mayor of Klagenfurt, mr. Harald Scheucher,
will be our guest in this very important event.
do you expect from your membership in AACC and from
the signature of the document of mutual cooperation?
Because of our geographical position we are more closely
connected with the neighbourhood Italian communities
, however we endeavour to strengthen our cooperation
with Austria and here we see the role of the Alps-Adriatic
Centre for Cross-border Co-operation as the most convenient
link between the Slovenian and Austrian territory;
AACC unites namely experiences of the Slovenian reality
and the Austrian daily life, too.
Photo: Mirko Štukelj