Another year is behind us. In this article, we provide an overview of the activities we have undertaken to inform, promote and communicate the important goals we have set ourselves as priorities in the year behind us. The emphasis in 2019 was on the parliamentary elections and in first part of the year we were mostly concerned with the promotion of the #thistimeivoting campaign, which we wanted to attract as many voters as possible, and we especially focused on first-time voters. For this purpose we organized a youth debate in Karlovac and, in the same kind, we participated in Čakovec. The topic of debate was political participation, with an emphasis on the European Parliament elections, which discussed all important issues related to the topic. In addition, shortly before the elections, we had an info point with promotional materials to inform citizens about the elections and the rights their MPs are fighting for.
In the second part of the year, we focused more on the EU&ME campaign, promoting the values and benefits that the EU provides to its citizens. Through films that promote EU values and benefits, we have developed a dialogue with young people in secondary schools and highlighted them to the values and benefits provided by the EU.
We did not neglect other activities, so in May we traditionally celebrated Europe Day in May, organized an open door day for all interested public, and in June we organized a lecture on volunteer service where volunteers from other countries approached young people in which way they could actively participate as volunteers. Mobility Week was also marked in September and we also participated in the NGO fair to inform people about this project as well.
In cooperation with the European Commission Representation in the Republic of Croatia and the Public Institution Regional Development Agency of Karlovac County ,as holder of project, we organized a major event called "MerKAsur". On the occasion of the signing of the historic agreement between the EU and MERCOSUR, EDIC Karlovac wanted to inform all interested public about the benefits of this agreement, to present the exporters and potential exporters from the Karlovac County area with opportunities for this agreement and a round table attended by experts from of this area to know what benefits this agreement brings for businesses and individuals. The event was an opportunity to host the Head of the Representation of the European Commission to the Republic of Croatia - Mr. Ognian Zlatev and to get acquainted with the work of EDIC Karlovac.
In November, in addition to promoting the EU&ME campaign, we also held a “Use and Clean Up” workshop, which wanted to raise awareness among the youngest elementary school students about environmental conservation and smart waste management. Traditionally, we have also been a coordinator among schools in exchanging Christmas decorations with other EU Member States.
We ended year with event EDIC Karlovac Christmas magic. With this event, in a creative and interesting way, we tried to get the elementary school children to research the Christmas customs of the European Union countries and to make the said research in the form of posters. An EU Christmas custom poster competition was held and the most interesting and creative posters were awarded. In addition, a workshop on "Clean Your Environment" was organized as part of the event to help children learn how they can help with environmental conservation and energy efficiency. The purpose of this workshop was also to promote and announce these issues, which will be dealt with more in the coming year, with regard to the European Green Plan as one of the priorities of the European Commission.