July 2nd 2015
IRRI - The Irrigation Project implemented in the Vukovar-Srijem County was selected as the most successful local EU project in the Republic of Croatia in the period from 2012 to 2014. Among 21 project which competed for the most successful project implemented by the Croatian local governments and co-financed by the EU funds through various programmes, the most successful one was selected based on the number of citizen's votes collected on the website of the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds and the evaluation points of the
committee established by the Ministry.
The project, with a total value of 240,500 euros, was implemented as part of the Cross-border Cooperation Programme Croatia - Bosnia and Herzegovina. During 18 months of project implementation, which lasted from December 2012 to June 2014, 13 demonstration plots in the municipalities of Lovas and Tompojevci in Croatia were equipped with irrigation systems, devices for soil moisture control and agro-meteorological stations. Irrigation investments in Croatia totalled to 127.200 euros and in the municipalities of Odžak and Šamac in Bosnia and Herzegovina to 113.300 euros. The project delivered also a Study on the current situation in irrigation as well as the Irrigation Registry of the Vukovar-Srijem County and of the two municipalities of Odžak and Šamac (BiH). In addition, educational trainings for farmers were organized and a Regional Irrigation Network was established which brings together the municipalities of Lovas and Tompojevci (Croatia) and municipalities of Odžak and Šamac (BiH).
The prize was awarded to the mayor of the municipality of Lovas, Ms Tanja Paša by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds Mr Branko Grčić during the Award Ceremony held in Zagreb. Speaking about the Irrigation project IRRI, Mr Grčić stressed out that it is a project that with a relatively small amount of funding brought great benefit to the local community and its economic development.
He reminded that, in the new EU financial perspective, by the year 2020 Croatia will have at disposal 10.7 billion euros and that the experience of countries that joined the EU prior to Croatia shows that an efficient use of the EU funds could increase GDP by 1 to 2 percent per year. Moreover, Mr Grčić said that, through the implementation of projects directly or through indirect benefits produced by the projects, such economic growth means opening of around 15 thousand new jobs per year.
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May 25th 2015
The Visibility conference of IPA Cross-border Programme Croatia - Bosnia and Herzegovina 2007-2013 was held on 21 May 2015 in Mostar. The Conference was organised on the occasion of signing of the grant contracts for cross-border projects selected for financing under the 3rd Call for Proposals. The conference gathered 115 participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.
The Visibility conference was organised by the Programme Operating Structures, Directorate for European Integration of BiH Council of Ministers and Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds of the Republic of Croatia in cooperation with the Delegation of the European Union to BiH and Agency for Regional Development of the Republic of Croatia, with technical support of the Joint Technical Secretariat of IPA Cross-border Programme Croatia- Bosnia and Herzegovina 2007-2013.
The conference participants were addressed by Mr. Massimo Mina, Head of Operations Section for Social Development, Civil Society and Cross-border Co-operation at the Delegation of the European Union to BiH, Ms. Nada Bojanić, Head of Department for Cross-border, International and special EU Assistance Programmes to BiH at Directorate for European Integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ms. Helga Bubanović Devčić, Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds of the Republic of Croatia and Ms. Ines Kos, Director of the Agency for Regional Development of the Republic of Croatia.
The results of three projects contracted under the 2nd Call for Proposals (˝IRRI, ˝PROGRES" and ˝Our Lady of Sinj Route") were presented as success stories of cross-border cooperation.
An overview of statistical information related to the 3rd Call for Proposals was also presented to conference participants.
A ceremonial award of certificates to 8 projects contracted under the 3rd CfP was held during the 2nd part of the conference. Grant beneficiaries used this opportunity to promote beginning of implementation of their projects and present planned goals and results.
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April 15th 2015
Joint Technical Secretariat of the Cross-border Programme Croatia - Bosnia and Herzegovina in cooperation with the Agency for Regional Development of the Republic of Croatia and Delegation of the European Union in Bosnia and Herzegovina held a two-day Implementation workshop in Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina on 8th and 9th April 2015.
The workshop was organized for the recipients of funds allocated under the Third Call for project Proposals under this Programme. A total of 37 participants from eight contracted projects actively participated in the training.
During the workshop, the participants had the opportunity to acquire detailed information and guidance on project management, reporting and requests for payment, contract modifications, secondary procurement procedures, documenting of expenditures as well as the basic rules related to the visibility of EU funded projects.
Beside lectures where templates and procedures necessary for successful implementation of projects were presented and interactive exercises on project management, final beneficiaries had the opportunity to ask specific questions concerning procedures and potential challenges they might be facing during the implementation of their projects.
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