THE SOUTHERN Slovakian village of Hrušov has won the European Village Renewal Prize.
Hrušov's progress in developing acceptable tourism based on traditional crafts and cultural activities, protecting its identity, building infrastructure and improving the quality of life were all factors that singled out Hrušov, the judges reported.
These developments were taking place under the most difficult geographical and economic conditions.
The jury also expressed appreciation for Roma integration in the school system and in society, and good cooperation with neighbouring villages and associations.
Municipal representatives were due to receive the prize on October 7 at a ceremony to be held in Grossen Walsertal, Austria, wrote the SITA news agency.
Hrušov is one of 13 villages in central Europe to receive special achievement awards.
11. Oct 2004 at 0:00 | From press reports