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An Enthusiastic Look Ahead

Even as the contracting for the newest projects awarded funding under the Third Call for Proposals is under way, there is no time to sit back and relax – the new financial perspective of the European Union is about to start and the new Programme of co-operation between Hungary and Croatia has to be prepared to hit the land walking. 

Though still actively involved in the implementation of the 2007-2013 Programme, there is no time to waste when thinking about the future of the co-operation between now two Member States. This is why there have already been many steps taken in preparing the new programming documents for the new period. 

The future of the Programme has been the focus of most of the presentations held at the HU-HR CBC Accession Conference, which is no surprise, as there are already some visible changes within the present Programme that are the result of Croatia’s Accession. The additional funding allocated to the Programme because of the Accession will soon find its way to the end users, as pointed out by Mr. Szűcs, Head of JTS, and the changes in the Programme logo are taking effect on the programme level as of 1 July 2013, as Mr. Čelan, JTS communication manager, showed among other things in his presentation on communication issues. 
 
Ms. Bubanović-Devčić, Assistant Minister in the Croatian Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, gave an overview of the OP planning procedure, on-going at the moment in Croatia, emphasising the specific nature of simultaneous planning for the final half-year of this current 2007-2013 financial perspective, but with the application of rules relevant for Member States; and the one for the next financial period 2014-2020. Mr. Márkus, in charge of setting up implementing structures from the Hungarian side, gave an overview of the programming procedure in Hungary, pointing out the most crucial changes with respect to the previous period. With the hope of working to optimise an already well-functioning system, the next period will mostly keep the solutions of the previous one, especially with regards to the CBC programmes, while some improvements will be introduced in order to achieve even better results in the future programming period. Ms. Monfret, speaking on behalf of the European Commission\'s DG for Regional and Urban Policy, in her welcome speech also mentioned the changes which the new financial perspective 2014-2020 is bringing, pointing out the importance of the Programme area and the fact that countries and people have to be aware that co-operation comes first and afterwards financial allocations are to further stimulate and improve it. 
 
Ms. Tomašević of the Croatian Ministry for Regional Development and EU Funds and Ms. Kovács of the Hungarian National Development Agency gave an overview of CBC programmes in Croatia and Hungary respectively, and pointed out the well-functioning co-operation between the two countries, as well as a well-advanced planning procedure for the coming period. Ms Tomašević also presented plans for Croatia\'s participation in the various CBC programmes and talked about the changes that EU accession has brought in establishing the management of the future co-operation programmes.
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