As Poslovni Dnevnik/Ana Blaskovic writes, this year’s Spancirfest not only turned the historic core of Varazdin into a festival stage once again, but also opened the door to cooperation between three continental Croatian cities: Varazdin, Koprivnica and Cakovec, all of which agreed on a joint application for individual European Union projects.
“We’ve agreed on the models of our future joint cooperation in applying for some EU projects and funds, where each of us is too small to be able to apply on our own,” said Varazdin Mayor Neven Bosilj, who hosted Cakovec Mayor Ljerka Cividini and their colleague Misel Jaksic from Koprivnica on Monday.
According to Bosilj, these three continental Croatian cities are among the top six in the entire country in terms of employment and are the (probably rather unexpected) drivers of economic activities.
At the same time, these three continental Croatian host the largest traditional events in the country, such as the aforementioned Spancirfest which is held annually in beautiful Varazdin, whose edition this year has been being visited by about 20,000 people a day, Porcijunkulov in Cakovec, and the Koprivnica Renaissance Festival, all of which attract crowds year after year.
“Tourism doesn’t solely exist down by the coast. These are the three most important tourist events not only in this part of the country, but in the whole of continental Croatia,” said Bosilj.
Cividini stressed that they must not miss out on grabbing the opportunity for cooperation on projects that are opening up through the ITU mechanism and other European Union funds.
“Cooperation will take place through the economy, tourism, cultural development. Today, we’ve shown that we have the will and that we want to do this, and there are a lot of projects,” she said.
“I think this is a good trigger for our agricultural production, traditional crafts, cultural development and everything that makes life what it is up here in the north,” Jaksic said.
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