11 trainees successfully completed traineeship program in representation office in Brussels in 2017.


The Dubrovnik-Neretva Region and the Regional Development Agency DUNEA have been implementing the internship program for young graduates from Dubrovnik-Neretva Region since 2011. In past six years more than 60 graduates successfully obtained the internship program.

The internship programme gives opportunity to young graduates to learn more about the European Union institutions and how work of EU institutions reflect on the citizens in Croatian and how we can effect he EU decision making.

The University of Dubrovnik (UNIDU), the Rochester Institute of Technology of Croatia (RIT Croatia) and the Libertas International University signed cooperation agreements with Regional Development Agency DUNEA. This agreements allows all tree universities form Dubrovnik to send their excellent graduates on the traineeship program in Brussels.

In 2017, 11 trainees successfully completed the internship program and a new call for internship in Brussels office is expected in early 2018.

Alliance on the future of Cohesion Policy in the EU

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Within the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels, where President of Dubrovnik-Neretva Region Nikola Dobroslavić and his associates participated, the Cohesion Alliance was officially presented.

The Alliance was created through cooperation between the leading European associations of cities and regions and the European Committee of the Regions. It demands that the EU budget after 2020 makes cohesion policy stronger, more effective, visible and available for every region in the European Union.

Within the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities, the President of the European Committee of the Regions Karl-Heinz Lambertz, in the plenary session delivered the first speech on the situation of the European Union from the point of view of regions and cities. The focus was given to the local and regional authorities challenges in areas such as migration, employment and growth, climate change, social and territorial cohesion and the launch of the European Broadband platform.

During the plenary session of the Committee of the Regions of the EU, President of Dubrovnik-Neretva County Nikola Dobroslavić was elected as the Vice-President of the Interregional Group for the Adriatic-Ionian Region.

More than five thousand representatives from the local authorities, experts and actors in the European Union's regional policy participated at the 15th European Week of Regions and Cities.

Conference "Together with EU funds - for better transport connectivity"

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On the October 10th 2017., a conference "Together with EU funds - for better transport connectivity" was held in Brussels in the premises of European Parliament. The conference was opened by the head of the Croatian EPP Delegation Dubravka Šuica, the president of Dubrovnik-Neretva Region Nikola Dobroslavić, the president of Brod-Posavina Region Danijel Marušić and Deputy President of Vukovar-Srijem Region Damir Barna.

SAVE-THE-DATE Conference “Together with EU funds – for better transport connectivity”


The European Week of Regions and Cities is the biggest event on EU regional and urban policy, open to all stakeholders. It attracts thousands of stakeholders and experts to Brussels to discuss EU Cohesion Policy. In 2017, this event will reach its 15th birthday. It is a moment of both looking back and looking forward, whilst tackling the challenges that the EU regional and urban policy should be addressing, as of today, and over the coming years.

In the framework of the European week, the Dubrovnik Neretva region is organising at the European parliament (room: Jan 6Q1) the conference titled “Together with EU funds – for better transport connectivity” on 10 October 2017 from 09:00-11:00.

The event will focus on trans-European transport networks and cross-border transport connections.

Over 80 delegates from EU institutions, regional development agencies and EU regions will be in attendance. The conference will have a Panel discussion on “Importance of Transport Connectivity in Supporting Regional Economic Development”.

The event is organised by Dubrovnik Neretva Region in collaboration with Brod Posavina Region, Karlovac Region, Vukovar Srijem Region and Member of European parliament Mrs. Dubravka Šuica.

For the agenda and other information, check the website of the European Week of Regions and Cities .


Through the County Development Agency over the past three and a half years a number of projects have been realized or initiated for which more than 7 million Euros have been provided by the EU

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