“Cultural diversity is not a trait that distances and separates, but a value that enriches this reality and whoever lives in it, whoever observes it, respects it and admires it”, said the President of the Republic on the occasion of the celebration of Gorizia. and Nova Gorica European Capitals of Culture in 2025
“The honor I receive represents a certificate of friendship which President Pahor honors me and which I reciprocate intensely”. The President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella spoke at the Transalpina station, on the Italian-Slovenian border between Gorizia and Nova Gorica, at the celebration of the two cities chosen as European Capitals of Culture in 2025 and after having received the most important recognition of the Balkan country, the Order of Freedom of the Republic of Slovenia
“Cultural diversity is an enriching value”
“Today the border between Italy and Slovenia is transformed from a dividing border into an element of connection and collaboration – continued Mattarella – a meeting and aggregation point capable of generating new ideas, of being a multiplier of initiatives, of making them grow together. the city of Gorizia and Nova Gorica will be the showcase of the authentic European spirit, creating programs and initiatives that will all be able to benefit from the cultural pluralism which represents one of the most attractive characteristics of these lands “. The joint assignment to the two cities of the title of European Capital of Culture, added the Head of State, “confirms that cultural diversity is not a trait that distances and separates, but a value that enriches this reality and those who live in it, whoever observes it, frequents it, respects it and admires it “.
“Path path to overcome misunderstandings”
“Over the years – recalled the President – we have had the opportunity many times to get together to exchange ideas, explore themes of mutual interest, consolidate bilateral relations and the many initiatives that bind Ljubljana and Rome in the context of common European institutions “. Then Mattarella underlined: “This honor signals a path: the one that President Pahor and I have also traveled over the years, without hesitation, to reach a definitive overcoming of the misunderstandings of the past and build together a future of even more intense and fruitful cooperation”.
“Without wanting to force the debate within the subtle space of partisan readings, escaping, at the same time, the temptation to set aside the harshest and most uncomfortable pages. Building a shared memory – remarked Mattarella – means accepting responsibility, retracing history by facing respect, rigorous and scientific approach to the painful events suffered by the populations of these lands. Thank you President Pahor, thank you dear friend Borut “, this is how the President of the Republic ended his speech.