Europe Direct Karlovac, in cooperation with Public Institution Natura Viva, Karlovac County, City of Karlovac and Karlovac School for Forestry and Wood-work, celebrated European Day of Parks, International Day for Biological Diversity and Nature Protection Day of the Republic of Croatia. We have thus placed emphasis on the European Green Plan and the very important EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030.

This special day for nature protection is traditionally marked in our Vrbanić park by setting up houses for birds, bats and squirrels. By doing so, we wanted to ensure that our smallest park’s inhabitants become permanent residents of our city of parks.

European Day of Parks is designed to raise public awareness of the importance of protected areas in Europe. The initiative was launched in 1999 by the EUROPARC Federation to commemorate May 24th, 1909, when Sweden declared the first 9 national parks in Europe.

International Day for Biological Diversity and Nature Protection Day of the Republic of Croatia are celebrated every year on May 22nd, and this year under a slogan that says "Building a common future for all life".

Vrbanić Park is protected as a monument of park architecture and all in order to preserve its landscape, cultural and biological value, as it is the most valuable park in the city of Karlovac. By doing this joint activity in Vrbanić Park, we wanted to send a clear message of commitment. Preservation of biodiversity and park’s species and habitats is a must – which also determinates one of the main tasks of Public Institution NATURA VIVA.


Citizens of Karlovac County have yesterday, May 9th, celebrated Europe Day. The event was organized by Europe Direct Karlovac and Public Institution Regional development agency of Karlovac County. In addition to the hosts; the Head of Karlovac County Martina Furdek Hajdin, Mayor of Karlovac Damir Mandić and Director of Regional Development Agency Vilko Klasan, Head of European Commission Representation in Croatia Ognian Zlatev was also present. Along with music programme performed by Karlovac Music School, the citizens of Karlovac and Karlovac County had the opportunity to get introduced to the local products at the Mini Green Market and an exhibition of student works on the topic of "Croatian Euro".

After the programme in the center of Karlovac, which was intended for the general public, the Head of Karlovac County Martina Furdek Hajdin, Mayor of Karlovac Damir Mandić and Director of Regional Development Agency Vilko Klasan have participated in the Dialogue with the Youth while sailing on the Grain Boat. Some of the topics of the Dialogue were entrepreneurship, opening a business after graduation and what are the problems that young people face today when they have to decide which high school or college to enroll in. The moderator of the whole event was young entrepreneur and Tik-Toker from the Karlovac County, Dario Marčac. Iva Rukavina, Nick Vrnoga and a young musician and composer Krešimir Klarić are other young entrepreneurs who spoke about their experience.

Novi poziv na sudjelovanje

New call to participate to allow even more young people to travel - DiscoverEU


DiscoverEU, which allows 18-year-olds to explore Europe by travelling mainly by train, opens its first round of applications in 2022. From tomorrow 7 April at noon until noon, young people living in Erasmus+ countries will be able to apply for one of the 35,000 free travel passes.

This year’s application round marks the inclusion of DiscoverEU in the Erasmus+ programmeThanks to this change, 70 000 travel passes will be distributed Year of Youth in 2022: in today’s application round, 35 000 travel passes have been announced and a further 35 000 are foreseen for the next application round in October. Integration into Erasmus+ also opens the door to candidates from Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia and Turkey, who are the first chance to participate.

Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life Margaritis Schinas DiscoverEU offers more travel opportunities for young people than ever before. In the European Year of Youth, we put young people at the heart of our attention. We owe it to an entire generation that hasn't been able to travel for the last two years. Good luck, everybody!“

Candidates who have successfully completed a selection quiz, born between 1 July 2003 and 30 June 2004, will be able to travel in Europe for a maximum of 30 days between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023. Those who reach the age of 18 in the second half of the year will be able to apply in the next round of applications in October.

In addition, the winners of the travel pass will also receive a DiscoverEU discount card. With this new card, winners will be able to receive more than 40 000 different discounts for public transport, cultural events, accommodation, food, sports events and other services available in all eligible countries.

To increase the learning dimension of DiscoverEU, Erasmus+ National Agencies National Agencies organise information sessions and meetings to prepare young travellers for travel and to facilitate the exchange of experiences. DiscoverEU aims to promote, inter alia, discussions on sustainability, culture and European identity at these meetings. Special emphasis is placed on inclusion. Participants with disabilities or health problems may be accompanied while travelling. In addition to travel expenses, additional individual assistance is provided.

The Commission shall promote sustainable rail travel. Exceptions are cases where young people cannot travel to continental Europe by train before starting their journey. Therefore, specific arrangements are available for young people from the outermost regions, overseas countries and territories, remote territories and islands.

More information:


Europski portal za mlade

Predstavništvo u Hrvatskoj

New European Bauhaus (NEB)

New European Bauhaus (NEB) three new calls for projects

The Commission announced three new calls for projects to make the new European Bauhaus a reality. They are intended to help citizens, cities and villages integrate the new European Bauhaus project in detail in their communities.

The first and second calls launched by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT),focus on citizen engagement activities and co-creation of public spaces with citizens. The projects selected under the first call the first call will help citizens adopt more sustainable habits and develop new products, services or solutions.

It will also help community members to become drivers of change. Projects in the second call will invite local actors to inspire and reflect on public spaces in cities, urban and rural areas in their ideas by creating new solutions for the future.

The third and final call provides technical assistance to small and medium-sized municipalities that lack the capacity and expertise to translate project ideas related to the new European Bauhaus.

On 7 April, the Commission will launch the New European Bauhaus laboratory as a space for reflection and action on co-creation and testing processes for tools, solutions and policy recommendations, as announced in September 2021..

For more information on the calls see on link.

Educational conference

Educational conference “From the Recovery and Resilience Plan to Energy Renovation of Buildings”

Ahead of the first public call for energy renovation of buildings under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan,the Representation of the European Commission in Croatia, in partnership with the Ministry of Spatial Planning, Construction and State Property and ZGRADOnač held an educational conference “From the Plan for Recovery and Resilience to Energy Renovation of Buildings”., u partnerstvu s Ministarstvom prostornoga uređenja, graditeljstva i državne imovine i ZGRADOnač održalo je edukativnu konferenciju „Od plana za oporavak i otpornost prema energetskoj obnovi zgrada“.

The conference presented the investments and reforms in the area of building renovation foreseen in the Recovery and Resilience Plan, as well as the conditions required to apply for a public call. Video of the entire conference can be viewed here.

Along with the State Secretary of Physical Planning, Construction and State Property Sanju Bošnjak, senior economic advisor at the European Commission Representation in Croatia, Judita Cuculić Župa, senior research associate at the Hrvoje Institute Požar Toni Borković, Domagoj Šešok in front of the Association Manager, GSKG, Antonija Mlikota, representative of co-owners, Natko Bilić, Planetaris and other representatives of the Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and State Property participated at the conference.

On this occasion, Judita Cuculić Župa, Senior Economic Advisor to the Representation of the European Commission in Croatia, said: "Out of the total amount available to Croatia under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, EUR 6.3 billion in grants, as much as 40.3 % of the funds are dedicated to investments and reforms that will contribute to achieving climate objectives. A significant part of this is investment in energy renovation of buildings that will reduce emissions of harmful gases, increase the quality of life of citizens and provide high savings on energy bills. The call for energy renovation of residential buildings, which was discussed at today’s workshop, is only the beginning of this process.”

The Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and State Property by the end of March a public call inviting interested parties to submit project proposals for energy renovation of residential buildings undamaged in the earthquake. For this purpose, funds in the amount of 300 million kuna have been secured.

Today, the European Union is facing a climate and environmental crisis, but also a crisis in the security of gas supply and dependence on its supplier, which explicitly threatens itTherefore, the implementation of the European Green Deal and the transition to renewables must be accelerated.

Energy renovation of buildings is a significant step in this direction. This is the first step towards reducing energy bills and moving building co-owners away from the risk of energy poverty. In line with the objectives of the European Green Deal and with funds from the Recovery and Resilience Facility, the European Commission co-finances energy renovation of residential buildings in Croatia, as part of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NPOA).


Aktivnosti EUROPE DIRECT KARLOVAC tijekom veljače 2022. godine

U sklopu međunarodnog dana sigurnijeg interneta, EUROPE DIRECT Karlovac nastavio je suradnju s Policijskom Upravom Karlovac te se pridružio organizaciji predstava „DISLIKE“ u nekoliko osnovnih škola Karlovačke županije. Djeci su podijeljeni prigodni materijali  i informativni letci  Centra za sigurnost Interneta ( 10.02.2022.  posjetili smo Dom Vladimira Nazora u Karlovcu te pratili sve organizirane aktivnosti u sklopu međunarodnog dana sigurnijeg interneta.

Isto tako, tijekom  veljače 2022. godine Europe Direct Karlovac u suradnji sa Desk Kreativne Europe – Kultura pri Ministarstvu kulture i medija organizirao je online radionicu na temu: „Kako prijaviti projekt na natječaje programa Kreativna Europa – Kultura“. Interes za sudjelovanje su iskazale brojne osobe i organizacije iz cijele Hrvatske, što dokazuje i više od 150 prijava! Nadamo se brojnim projektnim prijavama.

16.02.2022. godine organizirali smo online raspravu, na temu uvođenja eura i posljedica za unutarnje tržište, sa zastupnicom u Europskom Parlamentu gđom Biljanom Borzan i učenicima Gimnazije Karlovac, Ekonomsko-turističke škole Karlovac te s Veleučilištem u Karlovcu. Prema anketi koju smo proveli tijekom online prezentacije, preko 50% anketiranih osoba je izjavilo kako su za uvođenja valute eura (sada ili kasnije), preko 20% izjasnilo se da su protiv, a 22 % su neodlučni. Zaključak rasprave bio je kako se kampanja informiranja o uvođenja eura treba znatno pojačati te da postoji više koristi nego negativnih posljedica u procesu prelaska na novu valutu. Anketa u prilogu:

[KARLOVAC] Kako prijaviti projekt na natječaje programa Kreativna Europa – Kultura?

Desk Kreativne Europe – Kultura pri Ministarstvu kulture i medija organizira online radionicu u suradnji s EUROPE DIRECT Karlovac (Javna ustanova Regionalna razvojna agencija Karlovačke županije – JURRA) na temu: Kako prijaviti projekt na natječaje programa Kreativna Europa – Kultura? koja će se održati u utorak 8. veljače 2022. s početkom u 10:00h preko Zoom platforme.

Radionica je namijenjena svim zainteresiranim udrugama, institucijama i organizacijama koje su aktivne u kulturnim i kreativnim sektorima te su otvorene za europske suradnje.

Online radionica u trajanju od 2h pružit će kratak uvod u program EU Kreativna Europa – potprogram Kultura s naglaskom na natječaj za Europske projekte suradnje  čije otvaranje se očekuje 1. veljače 2022. godine. Nakon kratkog uvoda slijedi prezentacija  FTOP-a – Funding and tender opportunities portal  – centralnog portala EU za prijavu i financiranje projekata u okviru programa EU što će obuhvatiti provjeru i kreiranje PIC broja, a zatim će se pružiti uvid u prijavnicu, kriterije ocjenjivanja sa savjetima  i napomenama za ispunjavanje.

Sudjelovanje je moguće isključivo uz PRIJAVU, te će svakom sudioniku po prijavi biti poslan link za sudjelovanje.


10:00 – 10:30 UVOD – program Kreativna Europa

10:30 – 10:40 Primjeri prakse

10:40 – 11:20 FTOP-a – Funding and tender opportunities portal 

11:55  Q&Q

Stronger transnational cooperation in higher education

The times we live in are marked by great challenges that the population is forced to deal with. Climate change, digital transformation, population aging, the global health crisis and the economic consequences it entails are making the contribution of universities and other higher education institutions more necessary now than ever before.

Universities and the entire higher education sector are in a unique position - at the crossroads of education, research and innovation, shaping sustainable and resilient economies and making the European Union greener, more inclusive and digital.

The two new initiatives - a European strategy for universities and a Commission proposal for a Council Recommendation on building bridges for effective European higher education cooperation - will support universities in their work.

The European strategy for universities Europe is home to close to 5,000 higher education institutions, 17.5 million tertiary education students, 1.35 million people teaching in tertiary education and 1.17 million researchers. This strategy intends to support and enable all universities in Europe to adapt to changing conditions, to thrive and to contribute to Europe's resilience and recovery. It proposes a set of important actions, to support Europe's universities towards achieving its objectives.

Building bridges for effective European higher education cooperation the Commission proposal for a Council Recommendation aims to enable European higher education institutions to cooperate closer and deeper, to facilitate the implementation of joint transnational educational programmes and activities, pooling capacity and resources, or awarding joint degrees. It will facilitate the flow of knowledge and build a stronger link between education, research and innovative industrial communities. The objective is notably to support the provision of high-quality life-long learning opportunities for everyone with a focus on the most needed skills and competences to face today's economic and societal demands.

Coordination of efforts between the EU, Member States, regions, civil society and the higher education sector is key to make the European strategy for universities a reality. The Commission invites the Council, Member States and universities to discuss on this policy agenda and work jointly towards future-proof universities.

The Commission proposal for a Council recommendation on building bridges for effective European higher education cooperation will be discussed with Member States. Once adopted by the Council, the Commission will support Member States and relevant partners in implementing this Council Recommendation.

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What is coming up in 2022?

Digitalna pitanja, javno zdravstvo i put prema klimatskoj neutralnosti među glavnim su temama Parlamenta za 2022. Evo što nas sve očekuje.

Conference on the Future of Europe aims to give all Europeans the opportunity to influence how the EU should change. The Conference should reach its conclusions in the first half of 2022 based on people’s recommendations.

Digital transformation is one of the EU's top priorities. The European Parliament is helping to shape policies which will strengthen Europe's capacity in new digital technologies, open up new opportunities for businesses and consumers, support the EU's green transition and achieve climate neutrality by 2050, support citizens' digital skills by training, and help digitization of public services, while ensuring respect for fundamental rights and values.

Health – amidst continued concern about Covid-19, members of the European Parliament are set to agree to strengthen the European Medicines Agency with the aim of increasing transparency around clinical trials during a public health emergency and to better tackle shortages of medicines and medical devices.

Achieving carbon neutrality by reducing emissions, increasing energy from renewable sources and sustainable fuels. All this will contribute to the EU's carbon neutrality by 2050. They are part of the Commission's package of legislative cases that will be discussed and voted on during 2022.

Sustainable batteries - the use of batteries is expected to increase dramatically in the coming years, as they are key to meeting the demand for electric mobility and making the shift towards renewable energy. As part of the EU's new circular economy action plan and the European industrial strategy, Parliament will work on rules for the sustainable production, application and waste management of all batteries placed on the EU market.

Fair wages Parliament is ready to start talks in the coming months on rules for fair minimum wages in all EU countries. In November 2021, members of the European Parliament welcomed the proposal from the Commission and adopted its position to negotiate with member states. Reducing the gender pay gap is also a priority for Parliament.

Recovery plans - members of the European Parliament will continue to hold meetings with the Commission to scrutinise the progress of the recovery plans and make sure that the money borrowed at EU level is spent wisely in EU countries.

Migration members of the European Parliament seek to coordinate migration, asylum, integration and border management policies across the EU.

Election of Parliament President – as Parliament is crossing the half-way mark of the legislative term, members of the European Parliament will vote in January 2022 to elect a President and Vice-Presidents for the next two-and-a-half years.

Special committees - in addition to the committees on artificial intelligence and fighting cancer, two other committees are finalising their work. The inquiry committee on the protection of animals in transport approved its report in December and it will be considered by all members of the European Parliament at the start of the year. The special committee on foreign interference is expected to propose in the spring measures to counter disinformation and other attempts against EU democracy. Istražni odbor za zaštitu životinja u prijevozu odobrio je svoje izvješće u prosincu i ono će biti razmotreno na plenarnoj sjednici početkom godine. Posebni odbor za vanjsko upletanje u proljeće treba predložiti mjere za suzbijanje dezinformacija i drugih pokušaja narušavanja demokracije EU-a.

European Year of Youth – 2022 is the European Year of Youth. Parliament is helping to shape the programme of the year’s activities and has asked that young people are also involved.


A new initiative of the European Union – A long-term vision for the EU's rural areas - the rural pact

Europe's rural areas provide us with food, homes, jobs and basic ecosystem services, while at the same time facing unique challenges, including demographic change, a high risk of poverty and a lack of access to basic facilities.

Rural areas make up more than 341 million hectares, which makes 83% of the total EU area in 2018. Agricultural land, forests and natural areas make up almost 80% of the EU area.

30.6% of the EU population lives in rural areas; predominantly elderly population. Rural and remote areas have the lowest share of the EU's population in age groups below 50 years.


In formulating a long-term vision, the Commission has gathered the views of rural communities and businesses through public consultation and stakeholder-led events. Through this collaborative process, the Commission has created a wide-ranging vision and a comprehensive rural action plan to help rural communities and businesses reach their full potential in the coming decades. Four complementary areas of action emerged, embodying a long-term vision from, by and for stronger, connected, resilient and prosperous rural areas by 2040..

Maintaining or improving public transport services and connections, as well as deepening digital infrastructures are essentials for ensuring better connected rural areas in the EU.

Preservation of natural resources, restoration of landscapes, greening of agricultural activities and shortening supply chains will make rural areas more resilient to climate change, natural hazards and economic crises.

Diversification of economic activities should be based on sustainable local economic strategies, including measures to make their environment attractive to companies and extend digital literacy.

The Rural Pact is a framework for cooperation between authorities and stakeholders at the European, national, regional and local level. It aims to contribute to achieving the common goals of a long-term vision for the EU's rural areas. The pact is a starting point of a long-term process. It seeks to simplify interaction on ideas and experiences to help public authorities, stakeholders and citizens to combine and increase efforts for the benefit of rural areas.t okvir je za suradnju među tijelima i dionicima na europskoj, nacionalnoj, regionalnoj i lokalnoj razini. Cilj mu je doprinijeti postizanju zajedničkih ciljeva dugoročne vizije za ruralna područja EU-a. Paktom se pokreće dugoročan proces. Njime se nastoji pojednostavniti interakcija s idejama i iskustvima kako bi se javnim tijelima, dionicima i građanima pomoglo da kombiniraju i povećaju napore u korist ruralnih područja.

The Rural Pact will be developed in cooperation with all stakeholders , and the Commission will act as a mediator. It will also seek to work with all European institutions, national and local authorities, stakeholder organizations and citizens from the 27 member states, including women and young people, to design and adhere to the Pact.

The rural pact participation form is available at the following link:

This form allows authorities and stakeholders to join a community which aims at stronger, more connected, more resilient and prosperous rural areas in the EU by 2040. At the Rural Pact Conference in June 2022, this community will decide how the various authorities and stakeholders can communicate, organize and monitor voluntary commitments, translating the vision into concrete actions.