European Cooperation Days

The European Cooperation Day is an event dedicated to promoting territorial cooperation in Europe. It highlights positive results of projects implemented throughout different regions and different countries. The European Cooperation Day takes place as a local event in which the community can see first-hand how cooperating across borders improves life in and around Europe.

The European Cooperation Day is organized every year around 21 September. Hundreds of cross-border celebrations are organized every year by Interreg programmes both in EU and neighbouring countries, with the joint idea to share borders and bring our neighbours together.

The Managing Authority and Joint Secretariat are celebrating the European Cooperation Days every year. So far, we organized European Cooperation Days in Skradin (HR), Šibenik (HR) and Herceg Novi (MNE). Scroll down for more information on past celebrations.

More info on the European Cooperation Day initiative can be found on the website

EC DAY 2016

The European Cooperation Day 2016 was organised on 23 September in Skradin, a small Mediterranean town set in Šibenik’s hinterland. A ceremony held at the Square of Mala Gospa welcomed participants of both the Interreg IPA CBC Programme Croatia – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro 2014-2020 and Interreg IPA CBC Programme Croatia – Serbia 2014-2020. After a short formal part of the ceremony, visitors listened to traditional Dalmatian music and took part in the “millennium photo”, which recorded the friendly relations between the countries participating in the two Programmes and cooperating across borders. Afterwards, participants visited the National Park Krka.

EC DAY 2017

The European Cooperation Day 2017 was celebrated on 7 October at St Michael’s Fortress, one of Šibenik’s most important fortresses that was revitalized using EU funds in 2014. Ms Gabrijela Žalac, Minister of Regional Development and EU funds, and Ms Stella Arneri, Director of the Agency for Regional Development of the Republic of Croatia, welcomed visitors of the event and shared their thoughts on the accomplishments of the Interreg IPA CBC Croatia – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro 2014-2020 and Interreg IPA CBC Croatia – Serbia 2014-2020 Programmes.

With the 1st Call for Proposals of the Interreg IPA CBC Croatia – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro 2014-2020 closing at that time, the event hosted signing of 4 new Subsidy Contracts – NeurNetRMPPICOMPETE PLAMET and STRONGER.

After the formal part of the European Cooperation Day programme, visitors had the chance to enjoy traditional music and learn about the traditional cuisine of our Programme areas.

EC DAY 2018

The European Cooperation Day 2018 was marked on 3 October with three children’s homes from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro in our very own cross-border art colony in Bijela, Montenegro.

This year’s idea was to help create a cooperative Europe by letting the children lead the way and paint our future together in a form of an art colony.

The event gathered children from three homes for children from Dubrovnik (HR), Mostar (BA) and Bijela (MNE). The program started with a theatre show performed by children of the Bijela home for children, who delivered an important message to protect our environment and preserve it for future generations. A show performed by professional facilitators followed and taught the children ideas of being caring, kind and considerate to our environment and friends. After the show, the event moved outdoors and made the colouring and painting activities more fun.

Groups of children from three countries participating in the Programme decorated the T-shirts branded with this year’s logo and painted canvases with natural elements of our programme area. The children also helped a professional street artist in painting a wall mural with elements of the three cities from which the children arrived – Kanli fortress of Herceg Novi, Mostar’s old bridge and the city walls of Dubrovnik. At the end of the event, Programme bodies provided gifts for homes for children participating in the event to remember the fun activities of European Cooperation Day 2018 in Herceg Novi.

Why an art colony? We believe it is the best way to highlight the role of children and young people in building the Europe they want. We believe it is the best way to tell the story of cooperation between Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro as well.

EC DAY 2019

This year we are celebrating the EC Day with a theme titled ‘Europe is you’. In line with this year’s slogan, we want to highlight the role of citizens and the local community in the European Union and see how the European Union benefits citizens of Europe.

The European Cooperation Day 2019 will be celebrated at the Kastel fortress in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina on 18 October 2019.

At the event, we are welcoming all the interested visitors to join us in many interactive activities we have prepared, such as:

  • interactive exhibition about Interreg programmes in the European Union;
  • project fair showcasing achievements of some of the Programme projects from 1st Call for Proposals and
  • cycle cinema – type of cinema for which the visitors of the event have to pedal in order to make the electricity to power movie projections!

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