THE LAW on Slovaks living abroad does not respond to the current challenges that the community is now facing, and the Foreign Ministry is therefore planning to prepare an amendment in the course of 2013, based on cooperation with Slovaks living abroad, Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák announced during a speech at the session of the 2012 Permanent Conference of the Slovak Republic and Slovaks Living Abroad on October 30.
Slovakia should respond responsibly to significant changes in the composition of groups of Slovaks living abroad and the creation of new communities in new locations in Europe and elsewhere, Lajčák said, as reported by the TASR newswire.
“The world, Europe, and Slovakia are undergoing noticeable changes that also affect our countrymen,” he said. “Europe has opened up its labour market and there are tens of thousands of our people who currently live and work abroad [in European countries].
These people manifest themselves less as countrymen in the traditional sense, but they expect the Slovak government to help them more with providing education for their children in Slovak or facilitating church services in their native language.”
5. Nov 2012 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff