The town of Nadlac is a model of interculturalism, a model of cultural diversity and social integration, the 210 years of Romanian-Slovak coexistence in this municipality proving us that there is no need of protectorates to achieve the target of preservation and promotion of the national identity, there is no need of intra-social, inter-ethnic conflicts for two communities with different languages, religions, culture to coexist in harmony, said Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean, in an international conference.
The town of Nadlac ( western part of the country, at the border with Hungary ) hosted the International Conference "210 years of cohabitation of Slovaks and Romanians. Nadlac — a model of interculturality", an event carried out under the aegis of Prime ministers of the Governments of Romania and Slovakia. Along with Titus Corlatean , the conference was attended by special guests as Miroslav Lajcak , the Slovakian Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Gabriella Battaini — Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
Titus Corlatean also stressed the communion between Romanians and Slovakians, the latter fully integrated into the Romanian society, contributing to its cultural diversity and decision making not only in what concerns own minority, but the Romanian society as a whole.
In turn, the Slovakian Minister of Foreign Affairs Miroslav Lajcak welcomed the positive attitude of Romanian society towards the Slovakian community, highlighting that, "nowhere in Europe and especially after 1918, the Slovakian community was better received, nor found so favorable conditions as in Romania, such as schools, institutions, Parliamentary representation, the Slovakian minority in Romania representing not only the subject of our cooperation, but a living bridge between the two countries". Stressing the cohabitation between Romanian and Slovak communities in the town of Nadlac, Minister Miroslav Lajcak said he would recommend to the Council of Europe to turn its attention to the Nadlac model .
Gabriella Bataini — Dragoni, Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General stressed that "the town of Nadlac is a miniature replica of our continent, a continent of diversity, of a large number of ethnic and religious groups."
"The attempts to deviate from diversity inevitably led to disaster. I'm sure the town of Nadlac has to offer numerous experiences, lessons, on the just and equitable management of diversity . We need in Europe hundreds of such towns as Nadlac ", Gabriella Bataini — Dragoni argued.
The conference is part of a series of events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the accession of Romania to the Council of Europe. It also celebrates 210 years since the establishment, in 1803, of the Slovakian ethnics coming from Totkomlos, eastern Hungary, to the town of Nadlac, which represents the cradle of the Slovakian community in Romania, here living the largest and most compact Slovakian ethnic group.AGERPRES