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De-mine HU-HR - Kick-off Conference in Osijek
07 September 2011

The Subsidy Contract for the largest project financed within the Second Call for Proposals of the Programme was signed at the project opening event held today in Osijek, Croatia. The participants of the conference were welcomed by the Prefect of the host County, Osječko-baranjska, Mr Šišljagić and the Head of Baranya County, Mr Zoltán Horváth, whose both Counties have been supporting the project as Associated Partners.

The Lead Beneficiary (Croatian Mine Action Centre) and their Hungarian project partner (Baranya Megyei Rendőr-főkapitányság) presented the demining project to the conference and the distinguished guests including the Head of the EU Delegation in Croatia, Mr Vandoren, the envoy of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Ms Adlešič, the envoy of the Prime Minister, the Minister of the Interior, Mr Karamarko, the Ambassador of Croatia in Hungary, Mr Bandić and the Consul General at Consulate General of Croatia to Hungary in Pécs, Ms Pancirov, as well as the representatives of the Managing Authority, Joint Technical Secretariat, Project Partners, and the two border Counties involved in the project.

The speakers at the conference were unanimous in stressing the importance of the project for the region and the co-operation of two neighbouring countries in surpassing the obstacles left over from the past and building a better, European future for the border region.

The central event of the conference was the ceremonial signature of the Subsidy Contract for the Community funding by the Head of the Managing Authority, Mr Simó and the Head of the Lead Beneficiary, Mr Modrušan.
The signing marked the formal beginning of the 24-month long de-mining project, for which a total of 2,999,984.36 € Community (EU) funding was awarded within the Second Call for Proposals of the HU-HR IPA CBC Programme 2007-2013.

The Programme itself and its functioning in the first 4 years was presented to the conference by the Head of the Joint Technical Secretariat, Ms Rózsa and by the JTS Programme and Communication Manager, Mr Čelan.
The activities planned within the project were presented by the representative of the Lead Beneficiary (Mr Vahtarić) for the Croatian side and by Mr Bózsing for the Hungarian Project partner, as were the planned results that include removing a significant part of the still remaining mine fields from the border area and in that ensuring the reintegration of the long-time unused stretches of land with the surrounding areas.

A further, ecological, importance of the project was stressed by pointing out that the areas to be cleansed from mines are for the most part within some of the most valuable natural habitats in the region. The future eco-touristic potential of the region will be in many ways raised as a result of the project, it was further pointed out.

  • Accentuating the importance of the project, the event has had continuous media coverage in both participating countries. A list of media appearances can be found in the attached press-clipping file pdf
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