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Programme Brochure 2013: Rivers Connecting Cross-border Region towards Croatian Accession to the European Union

As this whole year so far has been the pinnacle of excited anticipation of the final moment, the Programme, too, wanted to contribute to the festivities surrounding the historic moment and a huge milestone for Croatia in particular; so to mark the occasion we put together a publication covering the long road the Programme has travelled from the first Task Force meeting in July 2006 to the implementation of the final Call for Proposals, expected to cover the better part of the next couple of years.

The publication gives a general overview of the Programme, its set goals and achieved objectives, with a strong focus on individual projects, as the most visible manifestation of programme related activities. Each project has been given a well deserved space within the 200-page book, including a picture each, representing the results of the projects and reminding us of the people and communities directly benefiting from the Programme.

This retrospective overview of the Programme implementation is a catalogue of 140 projects funded so far under the HU-HR IPA CBC Programme, under two Priorities and fourteen Actions, showing off the numerous and manifold activities supported by the cross-border programme. The book will serve as a lasting reminder of the joint efforts of neighbouring countries and many border communities, small and big, to bring their people closer and to work together for a better, European future.

The book made its public debut on 26 June 2013 at the celebration of Croatia’s EU Accession, organised in Budapest Palace of Arts by the Croatian Embassy, with the support of the Government of Hungary and under the auspices of the Croatian and Hungarian presidents, Ivo Josipović and János Áder.

Host of the event, Ambassador of the Republic Croatia in Hungary his Excellency Mr. Gordan Grlić Radman promoted this 200-pages edition of the Programme in his welcome note addressed to more than 500 guests of the reception before special accession concert in the Budapest Palace of Arts. 

Many distinguished guests were present at the reception and the concert. Among them, before the joint performance of Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and Hungarian National Choir in the Palace of Arts (Művészetek Palotája), audience was addressed by the ministers of foreign affairs of Hungary and Poland Mr. János Martonyi and Mr. Radosław Sikorski as well as Mr. Orsat Miljenić, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Croatia.  

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