Newsletter 02, ECDay 2015

Happy News at ECDay

Dear Readers,

every September since 2012 cross-border co-operation programmes all over Europe dedicate a week to the celebration of European Cooperation Day, the results and opportunities that the programmes of the European Territorial Cooperation bring to the local communities. This year is no different, and our Programme was happy to follow in the footsteps of the previous period and join the celebration for the first time. 

This September has also brought along some very exciting news – only few days before the Programme’s big ECDay event the Interreg V-A Hungary-Croatia Co-operation Programme 2014-2020 was officially adopted by the European Commission, ending the almost two-year-long journey of programme document elaboration.

What better place to celebrate this happy news than at the big Programme ECDay Event and the Opening Conference of the new Programme, taking the chance to present the opportunities for joint Hungarian-Croatian development initiatives in the years ahead. With interesting presentations from the representatives of the EC and the two Member States focusing on the future of co-operation between the two countries, the Conference was also a great place for first contacts between potential project partners for the projects in the new programme period.

The event was a double feature, as it also was the Closing Conference of the Hungary-Croatia CBC Programme 2007-2013. After six and a half years the Programme went back to Čakovec, where it all had started with the Programme Kick-off Conference in April 2009, this time to show all the difference the Programme made in the programme area in its seven-year cycle. The Conference included the presentations of best practice projects and an exhibition dedicated to all of 169 projects implemented within the Programme.

Focusing on the future, the Conference was the venue for another two important firsts – the preliminary meeting of the Programme’s Monitoring Committee and the presentation of the Programme’s first strategic project, De-mine HUHR II.

More on all this in the Newsletter ahead!