ZAGREB, Sept 28 (Croatia Sun News) – Representatives of Croatia’s and Serbia’s ethnic minorities met in Vukovar on Friday to discuss cooperation in the preparation and implementation of joint projects to submit for national and EU funding.
The head of Croatia’s National Minorities Council, Aleksandar Tolnauer, said there were no EU funds specifically for ethnic minorities but sub-projects that could be applied for. He noted that in 2007 Croatia’s National Minorities Council absorbed €720,000 in EU funds for local government.
He said the Croatian government had understanding for minority issues and needs, recalling that 17 years ago the National Minorities Council was receiving HRK 19 million from all Croatian funds, whereas now it was receiving over HRK 126 million from the state and local budgets.
Olena Papuga, a member of the Serbian parliament, said the purpose of today’s meeting was to discuss the possibility of working on joint projects in culture, education, sports and the nurture of minority languages.