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Visit by the European Parliament’s Committee for Regional Development

Yesterday, a delegation of European Parliament’s Committee for Regional Development resided in the Šibenik-Knin County for a visit to our Centre. The delegation consisted of vice-chairman of the Committee Andrea Cozzolino (Italy), as well as members of the Committee, Lambert van Nistelrooij (the Netherlands), Andrey Novak (Bulgaria), as well as the Croatian parliamentarians Ivana Maletić and Ruža Tomašić.

Along with the hosts in Šibenik the county mayor Goran Pauk and mayor of Šibenik Zeljko Burić, they visited projects financed by EU funds: the promenade in St. Anthony Channel and St. Michael’s Fortress, and they were shown a project for the renewal and valorisation of St. Nicholas’ Fortress. At the St. Michael’s Fortress, a meeting was held amongst the members of the Committee and the mayors and principals of the Šibenik-Knin County where they discussed opportunities for participating in EU funds for municipalities and cities.

In the afternoon, the delegation arrived at the island of Prvić to visit the Faust Vrančić Memorial Centre, which is co-financed from pre-accession EU funds. The director of the Centre, Ivana Skočić, familiarised them with the life and work of a Croatian genius with a reputation in Europe, Faust Vrančić, and his important contribution to the field of engineering, linguistics, historiography, and the political and spiritual life of Europe at the turn of the 16th and leading into the 17th century. On returning to Vodice, they visited the town mayor Branko Juričev Martinčev. The conclusion was that Croatia has great potential and opportunities for drawing EU funds and that it will require simplifying the procedure for withdrawing funds as well as reducing the high degree of centralization in Croatia.

The Committee for Regional Development (REGI) is responsible, within the European Parliament, for regional development and the EU’s cohesion policy. This kind of visit to EU member states occurs on an annual basis a number of times, led by the idea of better preparing future laws for the benefit of European regions as a generator of economic development and prosperity for all its citizens.