Kvarner newsletter / no 21

Rijeka wins the international award for promoting togetherness

The town of Rijeka wins the prestigious 2009 Golden Stars Awards in the Europe for Citizens category. This award is given by the European Commission to those cities that best promote togetherness and intercultural collaboration among European countries.

The town of Rijeka is the winner of the prestigious 2009 Golden Stars Award, which is given by the European Commission within the Europe for the Citizens programme. Rijeka won this award for its successful "Emigration – yesterday and today" project, which took place last May.
On that occasion, Rijeka was visited by approximately 30 Croatian and international members of debate teams from twinned towns. The project was organised by the Rijeka Town Administration for School and Education, the Rijeka Cultural Office, and the Rijeka Town Museum in collaboration with the members of the Dom mladih youth centre.
This 4-day event included an interesting debate tournament on the subject of migration in Europe, numerous lectures, and a series of entertainment programmes, which all showed that Rijeka is a town whose citizens are aware of the importance of intercultural collaboration.
Apart from Rijeka, awards for similar projects were also given to individual towns from Malta, Hungary, Italy, France and Germany. The awards will be handed out to the representatives of the awarded towns in Brussels in mid-December.
Europe for Citizens is a programme aimed at providing financial support to projects that promote active European citizenship. The aim of the programme is to strengthen he participation of citizens in multicultural exchange by facilitating exchange of opinions about European Union, strengthening individual identities within Europe, and promoting intercultural dialogue among citizens.