Approximately, 80 potential applicants from the programme eligible countries of Croatia and Montenegro met at the University of Dubrovnik on 11th October, 2012 at the 5th Partner Search Forum held under the IPA Cross-Border Programme Croatia - Montenegro financed under Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), component II.
This event was organized by the programme's Joint Technical Secretariat in close cooperation with the operating structures of the programme - the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds of the Republic of Croatia, Agency for Regional Development of the Republic of Croatia and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro.
The Forum began with the presentation that informed the participants about the aims of the IPA Cross-Border Programme Croatia - Montenegro, partnership principles and the content of the Guidelines for Applicants and the Application Package as well as about the events that were organized by the JTS in the past and events planned for the upcoming period.
The positive experience of the projects implementation was presented trough the presentation of the projects financed within the first Call for Proposals and 2 short movies related to the project that have been completed.
The second and main part of the Forum was concentrated upon the 3 thematic workshops according to the specific measures of the programme:
Workshop 1:Joint actions for protection of environment, natural and cultural heritage;
Workshop 2:Joint tourist and cultural space;
Workshop 3:Small cross-border community development projects.
Representatives from municipalities, non-governmental organizations, public services, educational and other institutions exchanged their project ideas and/ or contacts, with an aim to establish future partnerships for joint projects before the expected launching of the third Call for Proposals. Many of them already managed to identify their partners, which was the primary goal of the forum. During the final plenary session, several technical questions were raised regarding the programme and the project proposal preparation process. Such questions were answered by the responsible representatives present from the JTS and the two Operating Structures.
1. List of participant