SLOVAK Week was launched at European Union institutions in Brussels on April 19 with a conference attended by Slovak Deputy Premier Pál Csáky, the news wire TASR wrote.
Csáky said he was pleasantly surprised with the level of interest in the conference and also the many questions asked, even though a number of them were on thorny issues such as the situation of the Roma minority in Slovakia.
"We should not be offended if asked about sensitive issues, but I think Slovakia is, in general, perceived as a country with good prospects," Csáky told journalists.
Slovak Week also included presentations on the Slovak regions as well as Slovak films, cuisine, and folklore.
Among others were Juraj Nvota's film Kruté radosti (Cruel Joys), Eva Borušovičová's Modré z neba (Blue Heaven), Juraj Jakubisko's Sedím na konári a je mi dobre (Sitting on a branch I am fine) and Záhrada (The Garden) by Martin Šulík.
On April 21, an exhibition called the Slovak Regions on the Way to the EU opened while Slovak dishes were served in all commission restaurants.
Another flavourful moment was the Slovak wine tasting, offering splendid wines from the southern slopes of Slovakia with Slovak Ambassador to Belgium František Lipka, which pleased the EU capital on April 22.
On April 23, the famous Manneken Pis statue in Brussels was dressed in a Slovak folk costume.
26. Apr 2004 at 0:00