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Newsletter - July 2013

Croatia Joins European Union


Dear Readers,

the long awaited day has finally arrived and today Croatia became the newest member of the European family.

It is our great pleasure to be able to celebrate this occasion by taking a look back at what we as an EU funded programme contributed to this achievement, as well as a look forward towards what awaits the Programme under the new, changed circumstances.

It is symbolic and appropriate that this significant milestone for Croatia coincides with the end of the programming period, accentuating the end of an era and announcing the time for new beginnings in more ways than one.

While transitioning into the new life phase, the Programme is still very active, with the last projects from the Second Call closing (among them e.g. the largest project of the Programme, De-mine HUHR) and with the implementation of Third Call projects heating up and many events planned for the months ahead. The highlight of the year 2013 will most certainly be the Annual Programme Conference planned for September, celebrating the Accession, marking the beginning of the final phase of programme implementation and promoting the Programme’s results and its many achievements.

More about all these issues in the Newsletter before you!

 

Bringing Croatia to Europe

It is not hard to understand that for the Hungary-Croatia Cross-border Co-operation Programme the moment of the Croatian Accession to the European Union has a special significance, knowing that, as an IPA funded programme, the preparation of the country for the European integration has been one of its main objectives.

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.

Third Call Projects Launched

The final year of the programming period brought the beginning of the implementation of the projects awarded funding under the Third Call for Proposals, mostly large, infrastructural projects within the Tourism Actions. Underscoring the importance of the development of tourism for the whole border region, many projects marked the beginning of implementation by organising public events to promote the activities in their local communities.

Third Call Implementation Workshops

With the contracting phase for most of the Third Call projects finalised, it is time for the Lead Beneficiaries and their Project Partners with the support of the JTS and the Control Bodies from both sides of the border to tackle the next phase – the implementation of the activities.

Accession Conference Vukovar 2013

To mark the second edition of European Cooperation Day in the year of Croatian Accession, the Programme is organising the Accession Conference to be held in Vukovar, Croatia, in September 2013. This will be the opportunity to celebrate Croatia’s joining the European Union through the presentation of the many ways this cross-border co-operation programme has helped it on its European path. 

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