Friuli Venezia Giulia and Slovenia: Olympic Bid and Sustainable Transport Cross-Border Collaboration

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by InTrieste

Friuli Venezia Giulia and Slovenia have strengthened their partnership, with both regions eyeing a joint bid, alongside Austria, to host the Winter Olympics after 2034.

This comes following a productive meeting of the Joint Committee, where Governor Massimiliano Fedriga emphasized the shared commitment to enhancing collaboration across various sectors, from healthcare to transportation and culture. The signing of a landmark technical agreement underscores their resolve to implement a sustainable cross-border mobility system, aiming to seamlessly connect the two regions. Additionally, plans for legislative reforms to ensure equitable representation of the Slovenian linguistic minority within the Regional Council signal a commitment to inclusivity and shared governance.

An emblematic highlight emerged as both regions agreed to embark on a joint bid, alongside Austria, to host the Winter Olympics post-2034. Governor Fedriga hailed this as a testament to the profound collaboration rooted in dialogue and a shared vision for peace and cultural exchange, epitomizing the core values of a united Europe.

A landmark technical agreement was signed between the Ministry of Infrastructure of Slovenia and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. This pact aims to spearhead the planning and implementation of a sustainable cross-border mobility system, emphasizing seamless travel between the two regions. Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia, Tanja Fajon, joined the signing ceremony, expressing optimism about the transformative potential of cross-border cooperation.

The agreement encompasses a comprehensive strategy for a shared public transport system, encompassing road, rail, and maritime routes. It entails the formulation of public service contracts with local operators, designed to enhance accessibility and sustainability in mobility solutions.

Governor Fedriga underscored the significance of the agreement, emphasizing its practical implications for both communities. “We aspire to foster sustainable mobility that transcends borders, offering citizens seamless travel experiences and nurturing a sense of shared identity,” he remarked.

Minister Fajon echoed these sentiments, highlighting the myriad opportunities arising from cross-border collaboration. She commended the establishment of key initiatives such as the Gect Kras Carso and the North Adriatic Hydrogen Valley, underscoring their role in fostering innovation and regional cohesion.

Moreover, the agreement outlines provisions for fare structures and travel arrangements for cross-border journeys, aimed at streamlining transit and enhancing connectivity between Friuli Venezia Giulia and Slovenia.

In a notable move towards inclusivity, Governor Fedriga announced plans to initiate legislative reforms aimed at ensuring equitable representation of the Slovenian linguistic minority within the Regional Council. This initiative seeks to transcend partisan affiliations, prioritizing the representation of the community’s diverse voices.

The collaborative spirit was palpable as regional stakeholders, including key government officials and representatives, convened to chart a collective path forward. With a shared commitment to fostering cross-border cooperation, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Slovenia are poised to realize their vision of a more integrated and prosperous future.

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