Bad Eisenkappel/Železna Kapla, 11 June 2013 Press release

7th Julius Kugy Award presented to Prof. Dr. Ernest Petrič

Bad Eisenkappel/Železna Kapla, 11 June 2013 – Secretary General for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Dr. Johannes Kyrle, attended the presentation of the 7th Julius Kugy Award to the President of the Slovene Constitutional Court and former Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to Austria, Dr. Ernest Petrič, which took place at Gasthof Podobnik in Bad Eisenkappel/Železna Kapla on 11 June 2013. The Julius Kugy Award is presented by the Community of Carinthian Slovenes to persons who promote the ideas of multilingualism and cultural diversity through their work. For the first time, the prize went to someone from across the Carinthian/Slovene border.

The prize was awarded by the Chairman of the Community of Carinthian Slovenes, Bernard Sadovnik, in the presence of Governor Dr. Peter Kaiser, the chairmen of the Associations of Carinthian Slovenes, Dr. Valentin Inzko (NSKS), Dr. Marjan Sturm (ZSO) and Vladimir Smrtnik (EL) and the Austrian Ambassador to Slovenia, Dr. Clemens Koja.

The most prominent attendees for Slovenia were the Minister for Slovenes Abroad, Tina Komel, her predecessor Ljudmilla Novak and Dr. Boštjan Žeks, member of the Slovene Academy of Science and Arts and advisor to Slovene President Borut Pahor, who gave a speech in honour of the recipient.

In his message of congratulations, Secretary General Dr. Kyrle emphasised the achievements of President and Ambassador Dr. Petrič in strengthening the amicable relations between Austria and Slovenia, for which Ambassador Petrič had already been awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Sash of the Republic of Austria in 2008.

His committed efforts to promote the rights of minorities on both sides of the Austrian-Slovene border make him a more than worthy recipient of the 7th Julius-Kugy Award, Dr. Kyrle stated.

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