On the 25th of November the Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the three Croatian Associations of municipalities, cities and counties will organise a Citizens' Dialogue in Zagreb, in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Croatia.
What expectations does Croatia have of the European institutions and political institutions? How can we strengthen cooperation between Europe and Croatian local authorities to stimulate growth and employment? How can we work to make the best use of the 8.6 billion that the European Union will invest in Croatia under its Cohesion Policy?
These are the main issues of the debate with:
This dialogue is open to citizens, local and regional representatives, members of national associations of cities, municipalities and counties in Croatia, actors of the economy and civil society as well as European politicians to ensure balanced discussions on European action in Croatia and Zagreb.
After the debate, the Croatian Government, the European Commission and the Committee of the regions will present the new generation of cohesion policy's programmes for Croatia.
The meeting comes just over three weeks after the European Commission's adoption of the Partnership agreement with Croatia on the Structural Funds and European investment for 2014-2020. This agreement will define the broad guidelines of the 2014-2020 programming, and to determine the nature of the intervention of the 8.6 billion euros which will be injected in Croatia by the European Union.
Information and registration: www.cor.europa.eu/debatzagreb - Please confirm your participation before November 21th.
The CoR is running today with a series of decentralised events across Europe called "Citizens' Dialogues/ Europe in my region". The events are jointly organised by the CoR, the hosting city or region and/or national associations of local and regional authorities, with the active involvement of one or more CoR members.
The Committee of the Regions is taking up its role as a facilitator and promoter of decentralised EU communication. Its views, ambitions and recommendations to the EU institutions are the topic of the upcoming own-initiative opinion "Reconnecting Europe with its citizens", to be adopted in December 2014.
One of the recommendations in the CoR draft opinion is to continue and extend the European Commission's initiative "Citizens' Dialogues"- as main initiatives to bring together citizens, local and regional politicians, actors of the economy and civil society as well as European politicians to make more palpable European action in a city or region.