The three-storeyed facility on a surface area of 250 sq. meters is located in Brussels' Jourdan Square, close to EU institutions
An institution promoting Slovenia and Slovenians opened its doors in Brussels on Thursday, 1 December.
The three-storeyed facility on a surface area of 250 sq. meters is located in Brussels' Jourdan Square, close to EU institutions. It is expected to host presentations of Slovenian companies, various seminars, debates and exhibitions of Slovenian artists. Moreover, the Slovenian House also has a restaurant with traditional Slovenian cuisine.
The House, which is a private project, will be open to all Slovenians in Brussels and their friends from abroad, the head of the centre Sebastjan Stjepanovic has told STA.
The majority owner of the House is businessman Davorin Lozej, who also owns several restaurants and casinos in Slovenia, Stjepanovic added.
The idea to have a Slovenian House in Brussels, which goes back several years, is the brainchild of Boris Cizelj, the head of the Brussels-based Slovenian Business and Research Association (SBRA).
However, the Slovenian government established in October that it could not fund such a centre, therefore the funding of the project was handed over to Lozej, Stjepanovic explained.
Other European countries have their "houses" in Brussels too. Since such projects are rather expensive, they are rarely funded by the countries themselves.
Source: Slovene Press Agency STA