Europe Direct Rijeka will be a direct link between citizens and EU institutions, or rather, an extended arm of the European Commission (EC) and it will provide support through a direct flow of information regarding opportunities and advantages that are available to EU citizens, and that means local residents in Rijeka and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County.
The centre aims at bringing Europe closer to the people in the field through various activities and to motivate the people to get involved in the debate on the future of the EU. The activities will include visits to schools, presentations, panel discussions about the EU and publishing various official publications.
The centre also plans a partnership with local media outlets, cooperation with other EU networks, raising awareness about sensitive issues for the EU, and the like.
The project was approved by the European Commission – Europe Direct for the period 2021 – 2025.
The centre began operating on 1 May as part of the Europe Direct network in Croatia and the New Generation Europe Direct information centres in the EU, and are managed by the EC.
All of the centre’s services will be free of charge for all citizens but it is not intended to interpret or provide legal advice on EU legislation.
The head of the European Commission Representation in Croatia, Ognian Zlatev, said that the Rijeka centre has increased the European network of centres which comprise more than 420 such centres and it will bring EU citizens closer, inform them and enable them to make their own assessments.
He underscored that the network is important so that citizens throughout the EU can experience the EU in their own cities and counties. We want to hear citizens’ opinions about the EU. How they see the future and to be better informed of its policies and initiatives, said Zlatev.
Croatia has shown that it can be a leader in certain segments, he said and concluded that the objective is a common one – a clean and more beautiful Croatia and Europe for future generations.
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