Annual meeting of Europe Direct Croatia network in Šibenik and study trip to Zadar

In Šibenik, on October 18th and 19th 2023, the annual meeting of the EUROPE DIRECT network Croatia and partners organized by the Representation of the European Commission in Croatia was held.

The meeting was attended by representatives of 11 Europe Direct centers in Croatia, representatives of European documentation centers, the Office of the European Parliament in Croatia, the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development - LIFE Program – HR National Contact Point and Europe Direct centers from Slovenia.

Meetings and workshops were held at two locations: on the campus of the Fortress of St. Ivan and the Croatian Coral Center Zlarin. The project of the construction of the Croatian coral center Zlarin and the restoration of the fortress of St. Ivan in Šibenik were financed with the help of different programs and funds of the European Union.


The topic of the meeting was the preparation of communication plans for 2024 with a focus on the European elections, other priorities of the European Commission and the possibilities of national and cross-border cooperation. The whole meeting was interactive with lots of interesting lectures and workshops.


The second part of our team was on a study trip to Zadar from 17th-18th October 2023. They attended the final conference of the Cross-Border Program INTERREG Italy - Croatia 2014-2020, where the results of cooperation in the cross-border area and an overview of the challenges were presented so as further opportunities for the period 2021 - 2027. During those two days, the achievements of the financed projects were presented, along with the presentation of an institutional book that gathers 92 implemented projects, in digital and printed versions, and a tour of successfully implemented projects.


Cross-border cooperation program INTERREG V-A Italy-Croatia 2014-2020. is one of the European territorial cooperation programs that supports the European cohesion policy and contributes to the harmonious development of the European Union by strengthening economic, social and territorial cohesion, thereby encouraging economic growth. The public institution Regional Development Agency of Karlovac County participated in the implementation of two projects from the program. The STREAM project whose goal was to improve risk monitoring and increase management capacity for quick response to catastrophic floods by creating risk maps and developing a flood risk management plan in which Karlovac County was a partner. The goal of the EXCOVER project was to contribute to an increase in the number of tourists in accordance with the cultural and natural potential of the selected destinations in Croatia and Italy and to reduce the tourist seasonality of both countries. The project contributed to a more even distribution of tourists and to the relief of areas with an excessive concentration of tourists located mainly on the coast.


On October 4th, 2023, an online information workshop was held on the topic of: "Vouchers for the education of employed and unemployed persons" within the framework of the European Year of Skills, organized by Europe Direct Karlovac, Europe Direct Koprivnica-Križevci County, Public Institution Regional Development agency of Karlovac County and PORA Regional Development Agency of Koprivnica-Križevci County.

At the very beginning, the Head of the Europe Direct Koprivnica-Križevci County, Marina Šandor Krznarić and the Head of the Europe Direct Karlovac, Martina Mikaš, welcomed all present and thanked the Ministry of Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy for their active participation in this online workshop, attended by 40 participants, representatives of public law bodies, educational institutions and private and civil sector.

Mrs. Irena Bačelić, Head of the Labor Market Sector in the Directorate for Market and Employment of the Ministry of Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy, presented the system of vouchers for education for employed and unemployed persons, which will last until 2026. She pointed out that these vouchers with an emphasis on green and digital skills are a great opportunity for all employed and unemployed people with the aim of increasing their competence and competitiveness on the labor market. Vouchers are also an opportunity to match the real needs of the labor market with the educational programs provided by adult education institutions.

At the very end of the workshop, participants had questions which Mrs. Bačelić answered and also invited all interested to send their enquiries related to this topic to the e-mail addresses:;


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