Cross Border Programme - Croatia | Bosnia and Herzegovina

Final Conference of the IPA cross border programmes Croatia - Bosnia and Herzgovina 2007-2013, Croatia - Montenegro 2007-2013 and Croatia- Serbia 2007–2013

October 31st 2017.

The Final Conference of the IPA Cross-Border Cooperation Programmes Croatia - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia - Montenegro and Croatia - Serbia 2007-2013 was held on October 24th in Zagreb, Croatia.
Within all three IPA cross-border programmes, a total of 135 projects were implemented, out of which 44 projects were financed from the IPA CBC Croatia-Bosnia and Herzegovina 2007-2013 Programme. The implemented projects have contributed to promotion of cross-border cooperation, sustainable development of the environment, economic development, capacity building of local, regional and national institutions for the implementation of the EU programmes and to the overall improvement of the quality of life in the bordering areas. The total value of contracted projects under this Programme was over EUR 12.5 million and absorption level of contracted funds by the beneficiaries was extremely high - almost 90% which is significantly above the average.
The conference was opened by the Croatian Minister of Regional Development and European Union Funds Ms Gabrijela Žalac. Ms Žalac emphasized the importance of the IPA cross-border cooperation programmes 2007 - 2013 with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia in promoting regional development in the border areas, congratulated all participants on excellent results achieved and wished a successful continuation of the cross-border cooperation within the new financial perspective 2014 - 2020.
Mr Branko Baričević, Head of the European Commission Representation in the Republic of Croatia, also addressed the participants and stressed the importance the IPA cross-border programmes had in strengthening the cooperation and cohesion within the neighbouring countries.
Operational structures of the IPA cross-border cooperation programmes were represented by the State Secretary at the Ministry of Regional Development and European Union Funds and the Head of Operational Structure of the IPA IIb Component in the Republic of Croatia Ms Nikolina Klaić, Acting Director of the Agency for Regional Development of Croatia and Authorizing Officer Ms Stella Arneri, Head of Sector from the Delegation of the EU to the Republic of Serbia Mr Richard Masa, Senior Adviser from the Division for coordination of EU assistance in the Directorate for European Integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr Senad Lulo, Director of the Directorate for European Territorial Cooperation in Ministry of European Affairs of Montenegro Mr Miodrag Račeta and Representative of the Ministry of European Integration of the Republic of Serbia Ms Natalija Matunović- Milošević.
In the second part of the conference representatives of the Joint Technical Secretariats presented the results of all three IPA Cross-Border Cooperation Programmes 2007-2013 and new cross-border cooperation programmes of the Republic of Croatia financed through the INTERREG IPA programmes 2014-2020 were introduced by the representatives of the Joint Secretariats of the INTERREG IPA Cross-border Programmes Croatia - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Montenegro 2014-2020 and Croatia - Serbia 2014-2020. Photo gallery of this event is provided below.

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