The mayor of the Bled
When and how did you come
to contacts with Carinthia and Carinthian Slovenes?
The roots of my family are extending
just to Carinthia. My grandfather was born in Klagenfurt
(Celovec), my grandmother in Sankt Veit in Jauntal
(Šentvid v Podjuni). I established more contacts as
a musician and longtime leader of the Alps quintet.
We often appeared all over Carinthia and of course
among Carinthian Slovenes. We got a lot of friends
in both nations. We cherished these contacts for decades.
As a politician I considered necessary to include
the existing relations and contacts to intercommunity
cooperation on partnership level.
What meaning does the
partnership among communities in neighborhood countries
have for you?
In year 2002 we signed the partnership
document with the town community Villach (Beljak),
with the mayor Helmut Manzenreiter. A lot of merit
for this goes to musician and my friend Gerhard Lepuschitz.
With town Villach we have very close contacts. In
year 2003 we established contacts with long time acquaintances
- Bernard Sadovnik, who had invited the Alps quintet
to Southern Carinthia several times, with mag. Filip
Warasch and mag. Štefan Lesjak, the committee member
in the Velden community. As they visited our community
office we also discussed possible partnership cooperation
between the communities Bled and Velden. I was very
enthusiastic about this proposal and in a very short
time we invited the mayor of the borough community
Velden Ferdinand Vouk to Bled. However, very important
was the meeting at the headquarters of AACC (Alps-Adriatic
Centre for Cross-border co-operation) where we continued
the discussion and agreed upon the signature of the
document about partnership cooperation between the
two communities. We both then gave such proposal to
the community committees. Both assemblies were - by
coincidence - held on the same day and the partnership
proposal was accepted with full approval. The partner
town Villach enables our presentation at their traditional
fair every year. The cooperation continues on various
fields. The community Velden is very important for
Bled, since both places are well-known tourist resorts,
at home and internationally. In cooperation with AACC
we prepared the presentation of tourist activity organization
in the community Velden, we cooperate in sport and
cultural area, too. However, the most important are
the human and personal relations. With the mayor Ferdinand
Vouk we meet regularly, one time here in Bled, the
other time in Velden, in order to improve our contacts.
What are your wishes and
expectations regarding your successor (he, she) for
the community Bled which has since many years an active
roll in cross-border co-operation?
I expect from my successor (he, she)
that in the communities Bled and Gorje the initiated
work will be continued. I also wish the communities
remain in future the members of AACC and that they
make full use of the services, which AACC can offer
on various fields.