Ministry of Regional Development and EU funds, as a presiding institution of the Croatian Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, participated in The Macro-Regional Strategies (MRS) Week, held in Brussels, Belgium, 17 - 21 February 2020. State Secretary Nikolina Klaić was the Head of the Croatian delegation.
State Secretary Klaić participated in the High-Level Panel, organized by the Baden-Württemberg representatives in Brussels under the name "The Enlargement Perspective of the Western Balkans and the Role of the Regions - What is the contribution of macro-regional strategies?". On that occasion, she emphasized the synergic effect of Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the Croatian Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region on the enlargement process and continuous support to the non-EU countries. For them, the European Union should be seen as an opportunity for the development and a better life of their citizens, which would greatly contribute to the security, stability and prosperity of the entire Danube region.
As part of Croatian Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, a Meeting of the four MRS Presidencies was organized in Brussels. State Secretary Klaić emphasized that this format of the meeting represents an excellent platform for the continuous exchange of experiences and best practices. It also helps with the defining of horizontal topics that could have added value for the development of macro-regions. The Croatian initiative for such meeting was welcomed by both the European Commission and the other countries chairing the Macro-regional Strategies.
Representatives of the Ministry of Regional Development and European Union Funds also participated in a meeting of the High Level Group on Macro-Regional Strategies, where State Secretary Klaić presented the current results of Croatian Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, as well as the planned activities and events by the end of October 2020. The Croatian proposal to link Macro-regional Priorities with future Operational Programmes in the programming period 2021-2027 was accepted by consensus of all participating countries.