The gifts forge close ties between countries
Gift giving is an old habit and one of the world's oldest traditions. Gift giving is not merely a ceremony, something that happens by coincidence, or a nice gesture, but is a constant feature of diplomatic relations and meetings of state officials. Modern diplomacy is familiar with the practice of the mutual exchange of gifts which – considering the unspoken rule of modesty – is arranged in advance by the protocol representatives of both parties.
The Slovenian house of democracy hosts protocol events on a daily basis; therefore, the variety of protocol gifts reflects the variety of everyday political and international activity in the National Assembly. The protocol gifts which are permanently displayed in the National Assembly reflect the contacts between states and different cultures and are mainly put in the spotlight on the occasion of meetings of Slovenian high representatives abroad and official visits by foreign high representatives to Slovenia. In some countries, it is also customary to present gifts to hosts on working visits. This is considered a token of politeness and attention.
The selection of protocol gifts is subject to standards according to the position and status of the statesman and members of the delegation. In this respect, the host's scope of work, nationality, religion, interests or hobbies are specifically observed. Slovenian protocol gifts are made in the Republic of Slovenia and represent Slovenian cultural heritage. As a general rule, the host presents the main guest with a gift on behalf of the country, but one which is more modest than the one given by the guest. If the guest does not present the host with a gift, in principle, neither does the host.
We keep a register in the National Assembly of gifts presented and a register of gifts received by deputies. A selection of protocol gifts is exhibited in glass display cases in the lobby of the Great Hall's balcony.
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