More than 50 attendees gathered to hear a lecture from Dr. Lovro Kunčević on the diplomatic history of Dubrovnik or Ragusa. Dr. Kunčević detailed how the relatively small republic of Dubrovnik remained independent for more than 500 years, despite the fact that it existed "...at the borderlands of several different religions, cultures, even civilizations."
According to Dr. Kunčević, the Republic accomplished this through creative diplomacy tactics and carefully orchestrated efforts of the entire community of Dubrovnik.
On May 30th the Representative Office of the Dubrovnik-Neretva Region organised a conference in Brussels, in cooperation with the Croatian Mission to the EU. Upwards of 65 attendees gathered at the Committee of the Regions Building for a conference and networking session with the topic of the “Cultural and Architectural Heritage of the Dubrovnik-Neretva Region.”
The program included opening remarks by Mr. Nikola Dobroslavić, the President of the Dubrovnik-Neretva Region, and Ms. Danka Petričević, the Counselor to the Head of the Croatian Mission to the EU, as well as presentations by professionals in the fields of education and culture; art history, and architecture, art historian Mrs. Nancy von Breska Ficovic, and architect Mr. Andrija Tolja, expert at the Institute for the restoration of Dubrovnik.
Saturday 12 May, Brussels and its European district celebrated the 20th Festival of Europe.
In this occasion the Representative Office of Dubrovnik-Neretva Region organized a stand at the Committee of the Regions to present the Dubrvonik-Neretva and Karlovac Regions’ tourist and gastronomic offer, as well as guides for foreign investments in these two regions and successful cases of implemented projects financed by the EU.
Dubrovnik-Neretva and Karlovac Region signed a cooperation agreement on May 11th 2012.
Committe of the Regions hosted various stands from many different European regions, associations and organizations working in Bruxelles.
The event was attended by more than 3000 visitors.
During the 95th plenary session on May 3rd and 4th, the Committee of the Regions hosted an official welcoming to the Croatian delegation of observers. In cooperation with the Croatian Association of Cities and Counties, the Committee of the Regions organized an evening of croatian gastronomy and culture.
The President Merecedes Bresso made an opening speech welcoming Croatia’s results up to now. The Head of Croatian Mission to the EU, Mr. Vladimir Drobnjak and the Head of the Croatian Delegation of Observers Mr. Vojko Obersnel also addressed the guests. President of Dubrovnik-Neretva Region, Mr. Nikola Dobroslavić, a deputy-head of the Croatian Delegation of Observers was also present.
The conference "Regions of Croatia – Regions of Europe: opportunities, challenges, projects,…cooperation" took place in Brussels, on the 2th of May in the Delors Building of the Committee of the Regions. The session was organized by the Croatian Business Network with the participation of the Representative of the Office of Dubrovnik-Neretva County in Brussels. The Dubrovnik - Neretva County was represented by the County Prefect, Mr. Nikola Dobroslavić.
The event was organized into three panels: the first panel presented the implementation of projects financed by IPA Funds, the second panel focussed on strategic and structural projects whilst the final panel involved the presentation, instructions and advice to representatives of various departments of the European Commission, in order to more effectively prepare and apply projects of regional importance in Croatia.
During the conference, the Representative of the Dubrovnik-Neretva Regional Development Agency (DUNEA) – Mrs. Helena Kangjera, presented two projects: the project "Nature for the Future" – which is financed by the IPA cross-border cooperation programme Croatia-Montenegro, and the project "MARIBIC" – which is in development and in preparation of EU structural fundings.
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