Slovenian community in Croatia
According to the 2001 census, more than 13,000 Slovenians live in Croatia. An umbrella organisation joining Slovenians in Croatia is the Union of Slovenian Associations in Croatia, which celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2007. The Union of Slovenian Associations in Croatia (president is Barbara Riman, PhD) combines and coordinates the operation of 15 Slovenian associations that work in Zagreb, Rijeka, Pula, Labin, Lovran, Split, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Karlovac, Osijek, Poreč, Buzet, Umag, Varaždin and Čabar. The operations of Slovenian associations in Croatia particularly aim at cultural and educational activities through which Slovenian identity, language and culture are maintained in Croatia.
The Slovenian minority in Croatia was mentioned as one of the minorities in the preamble to the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia until 1997. The rights of the Slovenian minority in Croatia are asserted by the 2002 Constitutional Act on the Rights of National Minorities in the Republic of Croatia. In accordance with the Act, the Slovenian minority has a representative in the governmental National Minorities Council and elected representatives and consultative bodies (councils) within bodies of local authorities. The interests of the Slovenian minority (together with the interests of Bosnians, Albanians, Macedonians and Montenegrins) are currently represented in the Croatian National Parliament by Ermina Lekaj Prljaskaj, Albanian minority representative.