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Visit paid by the French ambassador Jérôme Pasquier

Rijeka, 11 December 2009
Within his first official visit to Rijeka, the new French ambassador Jérôme Pasquier met with the City of Rijeka leaders. On that occasion the officials expressed their desire to extend very good co-operation at present in the field of culture to the economy and co-operation between universities. The French ambassador supported the initiative started by the City of Rijeka for twinning with Marseille.

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Celebrated the 15th anniversary of the cultural society "Slovak Matica Rijeka"

Rijeka, 3 December 2009
The cultural society "Slovak Matica Rijeka" celebrated its 15th anniversary of activities with a solemn programme organised in the premises of the Matica on Korzo. The Ambassador of Slovakia, His Excellency Roman Supek and Daniel Zemančík, on behalf of the central society "Slovak Matica" from Slovakia, Zdenka Čuhnil, parliamentary deputy and Miroslav Matešić, City of Rijeka vice mayor, were among the numerous guests who attended the celebration of the anniversary.

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Comenius Project presented at "Ivan Zajc" primary school

Rijeka, 25 November 2009
Mayor Vojko Obersnel visited primary school "Ivan Zajc" in Rijeka where the Comenius Project – part of the lifelong learning and mobility programme in EU Member States was presented, in which this school takes part as the only representative of our county.

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Held a roundtable on the topic of "Participation rights"

Rijeka, 17 November 2009
From 10 to 30 November 2009, on the initiative of the European network "Cities for Children" a number of activities will be held in Rijeka aiming to draw public attention to important issues relating to the protection and enhancement of children's rights, during the month in which the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is marked across the world.

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Owing to new ecological public lighting up to 50% of energy savings

Rijeka, 12 November 2009
Bringing to an end works on the installation of ecological and energy-efficient pubic lighting along Marino Jakominić street, up to 50% of electric power will be saved. Ecological lighting has been installed within the project BULB, programme aimed at improving energy efficiency of public lighting, implemented by the Regional Agency Porin, in co-operation with the City and the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, with support from EU funds.

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Reception for the ambassador of the Republic of Austria

Rijeka, 5 November 2009
Vojko Obersnel, mayor of the City of Rijeka, Dorotea Pešić Bukovac, president of the City Council and Ivanka Persić, head of the City Department of Culture gave a reception for the new ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the Republic of Croatia, His Excellency Jan Kickert.

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Bronze medal to the Kantrida Swimming-Pool Complex

Rijeka, 29 October 2009
As a result of an architecture competition organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Association of Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS), in a solemn ceremony held in the German city of Cologne, sports and leisure facilities were awarded with prizes.

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The 14th edition of the Puppet Theatre Revue

Rijeka, 28 October 2009
The Puppet Theatre Revue organised by the Rijeka Puppet Theatre and co-organised by the Department of Culture of the City of Rijeka, will be held from 4 to 11 November in the premises of the Rijeka Puppet Theatre, the Croatian Cultural Centre at Sušak and Filodrammatica. The revue will present 13 plays from Croatia and abroad, in which both children and adults will be able to enjoy.

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The cinema "Art-kino Croatia" admitted to the Europa Cinemas network

Rijeka, 27 October 2009
The cinema "Art-kino Croatia" has been admitted to the Europa Cinemas network. It is a network forming part of the EU MEDIA programme intended for the development of European films and the film industry.

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Rijeka played its second promotional move in Novi Sad

Rijeka, 26 October 2009
After a successful presentation organised in Ohrid, yesterday, within the promotional campaign for the 11th European Individual Chess Championship for men and women, to be held in Rijeka from 5 to 19 March 2010, the chess project EURO 2010 was presented in Novi Sad titled "Rijeka is to make a move". The delegation from Rijeka was led by the mayor of the City of Rijeka and the president of the Honorary Board, Vojko Obersnel.

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Hal’s All-star Guitar Festival 2009

Rijeka, 21 October 2009
The Croatian Cultural Centre at Sušak will host the Hal’s All-star Guitar Festival 2009 Saturday and Sunday, 24 and 25 October, gathering the most renowned guitarists in its five-year long existence. The following guitarists will present themselves in Rijeka: Martin Taylor, Alison Burns, Antonio Forcione, Peter Finger and Damir Halilić Hal, the original festival promoter and the festival's art director.

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Qualification match between Croatian and Dutch women's national handball teams

Rijeka, 12 October 2009
The new sports hall of the Centre Zamet will host a match between Croatian and Dutch women's national handball teams starting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, 15 October. It is a qualification match for the European championship, to be held in Denmark and Norway in 2010.

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Inaugurated the Maritime Passenger Terminal

Rijeka, 6 October 2009
The Maritime Passenger Terminal has been inaugurated in Rijeka with the Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor in attendance. Along with the previously opened breakwater promenade, further to offices where tickets for shipping lines of Jadrolinija can be bought and a left-luggage office, this modern complex is provided with superb hospitality facilities, that could make many larger European port cities envious.

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Traffic wardens have issued almost 2,000 notices to drivers

Rijeka, 2 October 2009
Traffic wardens (civil enforcement officers) operating within the City Division in charge of traffic supervision will start collecting fines for parking offences. The fines will be collected for violations causing a majority of traffic offences such as parking on pedestrian crossings, parking on disabled persons' parking places and parking at bus stops.

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Laid down the cornerstone for the Rijeka Islamic Centre

Rijeka, 3 October 2009
On Saturday, the cornerstone was laid down for the Rijeka Islamic Centre that should be constructed in line with the conceptual solution prepared by the deceased academic sculptor Dušana Džamonja. The cornerstone of the building, to be used for religious, as well as, educational, social and cultural purposes, was laid down by the Minister of Awqaf (in charge of religious endowments) of the State of Qatar, His Excellency, Ahmad bin Abdullah S. G. Al-Marri.

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Reception for the Qatari delegation

Rijeka, 5 October 2009
Mayor Vojko Obersnel and the county prefect Zlatko Komadina gave a reception in honour of the Qatari delegation headed by the Minister of Awqaf (in charge of religious endowments) and Islamic religious affairs of the State of Qatar, Ahmad bin Abdullah S. G. Al-Marri sojourning in Rijeka to attend the ceremony of laying the cornerstone for the Rijeka Islamic Centre.

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The 2009 "Golden Stars" awarded to the City of Rijeka for the project "Emigration – Yesterday and Today"

Rijeka, 30 September 2009
The European Commission honoured the project presented by the City of Rijeka "Emigration – Yesterday and Today" with the 2009 "Golden Stars Award" as one of the best projects of the current year within the programme "Europe for Citizens". Seven more European projects won the award that will be presented in Brussels, on 16 December 2009.

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Reception for the consul of the Republic of Serbia

Rijeka, 25 September 2009
Mayor Vojko Obersnel and the president of the City Council, Dorotea Pešić Bukovac have given a reception in the Lounge of the City of Rijeka for the new consul of the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Rijeka, Mr. Zoran Milivojević.

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Opened Nautica '09

Rijeka, 23 September 2009
The oldest nautical fair on the Adriatic coast, celebrating this year the 25th anniversary along the waterfront Riva boduli and on the Karolina riječka quay will present 140 exhibitors and more than 75 vessels exhibited ashore and at sea. At the fair, in addition to the international offer, domestic products and vessels will be exhibited as well. The Rijeka fair encourages the development of the domestic nautical production and that is what makes this fair so special.

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Presented the project "Rijeka public walks"

Rijeka, 22 September 2009
Within the fourth phase of the European Healthy Cities Network, the Rijeka  - Healthy City project office, in co-operation with the mountaineering societies of Rijeka has prepared a proposal for public walks - strolling paths. The public walks presented within the European Mobility Week bear the names of autochthonous plants.

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Reception for the representatives of the Peking University Health Science Centre

Rijeka, 21 September 2009
A reception has been given in the Lounge of the City of Rijeka for the representative of the most elite Chinese University School of Medicine – Peking University Health Science Centre who sojourn in our county as the guests of the University of Rijeka and the University School of Medicine in Rijeka. The respected guests were received by deputy mayor Željko Jovanović.

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Inauguration of the Czech Home "T.G. Masaryk"

Rijeka, 20 September 2009
In the presence of numerous guests, the Czech Home "T.G. Masaryk" has been inaugurated in Rijeka and at the same time marked the 15th anniversary of the activity of the association "Češka beseda" Rijeka. The Czech Home "T.G. Masaryk" was inaugurated by the mayor of the City of Rijeka Vojko Obersnel who exactly five years ago laid down the foundation stone.

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The central celebration of the Day of the Croatian Navy

Rijeka, 18 September 2009
The central celebration of the Day of the Croatian Navy, 18 September and the 18th anniversary of its establishment were solemnly celebrated in Rijeka with the lining up of the of the naval units on the Carolina Riječka quay. The Croatian Navy is present in Rijeka with a fleet of 12 vessels. Numerous delegates and guests were present on the occasion of the central celebration.

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Reception for the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong separate administration region

Rijeka, 18 September 2009
A reception has been given in the Lounge of the City of Rijeka for a delegation of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong separate administration region. The delegation will visit three European countries: the Czech Republic, Hungary and Croatia, aiming to learn about the key changes that occurred in these countries in the development of democracy, the civil society, the protection of the rights of ethnic minorities and other human rights’ issues, including freedom of the press.

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The fourth “Florijana” – flower fair on the pedestrian bridge across the Rječina river

Rijeka, 17 September 2009
The 4th “Florijana”- Autumn flower fair and exhibition of vegetables, a city manifestation of exhibitive, educative and commercial character, organised by the City of Rijeka, the Tourist Board and the company Adria Expo, will be held on the pedestrian bridge across the Rječina river from 24 to 27 September 2009.

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Signed an initiative aimed at establishing friendly relationships between the City of Rijeka and the Commune of Bitola

Rijeka, 17 September 2009
The mayor of the City of Rijeka Vojko Obersnel and the mayor of the Commune of Bitola Vladimir Taleski have signed an initiative aimed at establishing friendly cooperation between the two cities. The signing of the Letter of Intent was also attended by the ambassador of Macedonia to the Republic of Croatia. His Excellency, Danče Markovski.

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The European Charter on the Participation of the City of Rijeka in the organisation of the European Mobility Week

Rijeka, 16 September 2009
Mayor Obersnel has signed the European Charter on the Participation of the City of Rijeka in the organisation of the European Mobility Week. The joint theme of this year's action is "Improving City Climates“, and the City of Rijeka has been actively taking part in the implementation of this manifestation since 2002.

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Reception for pupils from Neuss and their hosts, elementary school Zamet

Rijeka, 16 September 2009
A reception has been given in the lounge of the City of Rijeka for a group of 22 pupils and 3 teachers of Junior High School from Neuss-Holzheim and their guests, elementary school Zamet. The visit of the pupils from Neuss is a continuation of their long-standing co-operation, which includes their mutual visits and exchange of experience.

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The 13th edition of the Ethno Festival

Rijeka, 15 September 2009
The City of Rijeka and the representatives of the national minorities based in Rijeka organise from 17 to 20 September the traditional manifestation "Ethno Festival". A very various and rich programme this year will be held at the Czech Home "T. G. Masaryk", which ceremonial inauguration is to take place on Saturday, 19 September at 18:00 hours. Admission to all the programmes of the Ethno Festival is free of charge.

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The beginning of the seventh edition of the Mediterranean Individual Chess Championship

Rijeka, 14 September 2009
The chess centre at Brajda is the venue of individual male and female chess competitions, at which 64 participants from 19 Mediterranean countries take part. The championship will last until 18 September, and it is possible to watch all the matches live via the internet.

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The European Mobility Week under the slogan "Improving City Climates"

Rijeka, 12 September 2009
The City of Rijeka joins this year as well the European Mobility Week (from 16 to 22 Sept. 2009). The joint theme "Improving City Climates" is aimed at promoting sustainable commuting to and from work and school, encouraging alternative movement modes such as cycling, walking, public transport, car-pooling when travelling on the same route and using ecologically acceptable fuel in transport.

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Centre Zamet, a new architectonic wonder in Rijeka

Rijeka, 10 September 2009
Yesterday, a new sports hall was opened in Rijeka, another big investment in the city's sports infrastructure. It is a modern public complex located near the market and the primary school, which in addition to the sports hall will include a library, an office of the local committee Zamet, a number of commercial facilities, a public square and a garage. The sports hall has been designed to host various sports competitions and cultural events.

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Senior citizens from Neuss on a visit to Rijeka

Rijeka, 8 September 2009
A group of 26 senior citizens sojourn in Rijeka from 7 to 15 September 2009, within friendly relationships between the City of Rijeka and Neuss. The guests from Neuss, with support from the City Department of Health and Social Welfare associate with the representatives of the Croatian Association of Pensioners from Rijeka, and this visit is also devoted to get to know better Rijeka and our region.

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Bike racing "Downtown Rijeka  - Urban Downhill"

Rijeka, 8 September 2009
Downhill bike racing, titled "Downtown Rijeka - Urban Downhill", the first such race in Croatia, organised by the Cycling Club Veli Vrh, the City of Rijeka and the Rijeka Sports Federation will be held in downtown Rijeka, on Saturday, 12 September 2009.

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A reception for the Slovak ambassador Roman Supek

Rijeka, 3 September 2009
The mayor of the City of Rijeka, Vojko Obersnel and his associates have given a reception to the Slovak ambassador Roman Supek who sojourns in Rijeka on the occasion of the today's inauguration of the Days of Slovak culture in Rijeka. At the reception both parties expressed their wish to strengthen further co-operation in the field of the economy and culture, and the need to tie up the University of Rijeka and Slovak universities.

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The 7th international adventure race Ki – Challenge 2009

Rijeka, 3 September 2009
The 7th international adventure race KI – Challenge will be held this week-end in Rijeka and its outskirts. The race is organised by the outdoor company Ad Natura. As an introduction to the race start, the winners of Mt. Everest, sisters Darija and Iris Bostjančić as well as the mayor of Rijeka, Vojko Obersnel will perform an attractive descent from the skyscraper in square Jadranski trg down a rope at around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, 5 September.

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25th edition of the International Nautical Fair Nautica

Rijeka, 28 August 2009
Nautica 2009 – the 25th edition of the International Nautical Fair will take place from 23 to 27 September at the port of Rijeka, along the waterfront Riva Boduli and on the Karolina Riječka Quay. A great number of domestic and foreign exhibitors will present themselves, occupying an area of 10.000 sq. m. The fair Nautica promotes and encourages the development of the domestic nautical production and offer, owing to which it distinguishes from other nautical fairs in Croatia.

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FIM World Sidecar Championship at Grobnik

Rijeka, 21 August 2009
The World Sidecar Championship will take place for the fifth year in a row as well as the Alpe-Adria championship, at the auto-motor circuit Grobnik from 21 to 23 August. About 150 sidecar racers representing some twenty countries are expected to take part in the manifestation lasting for three days, during which 25 free practice sessions and 14 points races will be driven. The organiser of the largest motorcycle spectacle this year is the motorcycle club Kvarner Rijeka and "Automotodrom", and the sponsors of the spectacle are the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and the City of Rijeka.

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First Rijeka Tourist Ship "Launched" on Korzo

Rijeka, 24 July 2009
"Launching" the first Rijeka tourist ship on Korzo,  the "Zeleno i plavo" Manufacturing and Trade Cooperative merged art, tradition and genuine local souvenirs into an original offer for tourists. This joint project was realised by the Cooperative, the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and the City of Rijeka. The famous Rijeka painter Vojo Radoičić formed the sales point into a ship.

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Continuation of the summer programme for tourists in English

Rijeka, 1 September 2009
The summer programme for tourists in English presented at the Astronomy Centre Rijeka has been extended until 15 September. Tourists may enjoy projections of a classical work of popular astronomy, titled "Planets in Sight", every Wednesday starting at 21:00 hours.

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New grass at Kantrida stadium

Rijeka, 10 July 2009
Kantrida stadium has got new turf, and the mayor of Rijeka Vojko Obersnel could see for himself the quality of the turf when he visited the stadium together with his associates. Twenty-one truck trailers delivered top quality turfgrass which was laid by workers of the German company "Horst Schwab" from Ingolstadt. It is a special mixture made of three grass species resistant to high summer temperatures, and to abundant precipitation in a short period of time that will be suitable for our climate.

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Representatives of the City of Rijeka on a visit to its friendly city of Neuss

Fiume, 2 July 2009
A delegation of the City of Rijeka, led by Branka Renko-Silov and Ankica Perhat, heads of city departments, visited the city of Neuss that 40 years ago established friendly relations with our city. Friendly co-operation was established through the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the co-operation and friendship agreement was signed in 1991 in Neuss and in Rijeka.

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Spectacle "From Prometheus to Galileo" opened the Rijeka Summer Nights Festival

Rijeka, 1 July 2009
Presenting a unique spectacle titled "From Prometheus to Galileo", accompanied by spectacular fireworks unseen until now in Croatia, the French artistic troupe "Éphémère" has opened the sixth edition of the Rijeka Summer Nights Festival.

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Success at the European Model Shipbuilding Championship in Romania

Rijeka, 1 July 2009
Croatian model ship builders, including Željko Skomeršić and Josip Rumora, members of the model shipbuilding association "Liburno" from Rijeka, achieved a big success at the European Model Shipbuilding competition held in Romania. Out of the five exhibited model ships, as many as four models won prizes, so that the model shipbuilders returned to Croatia with one gold and four bronze medals.

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The Annual WHO European Healthy Cities Network Conference

Rijeka, 24 June 2009
A delegation of the City of Rijeka, of the project team Rijeka – Healthy City, attended the first WHO Healthy Cities Network Annual Business and Technical Conference held in the 5th phase titled: "Striving for Health and Health Equity in all local policies" in Portugal.

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Held an evening of Iranian culture

Rijeka, 19 June 2009
Last night in the atrium of the Croatian Cultural Centre Sušak, the Iranian Cultural Centre in Zagreb, in co-operation with the Department of Culture of the City of Rijeka, presented a small part of rich Iranian culture. Further to an exhibition at which four contemporary Iranian painters presented themselves, a concert of traditional Iranian music was held as well.

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The City of Rijeka in the 5th phase of the European Healthy Cities Network

Rijeka, 17 June 2009
The World Health Organisation has confirmed the admission of the City of Rijeka to the 5th phase of the European Healthy Cities Network. The conditions for admission to the 5th phase are met by only 13 more European cities (Belfast, Bursa, Cankaya, Draesden, Helsingborg, Kadikoy, Liverpool, Manchester, Rennes, Seixal, Stoke on Trent, Turku and Udine), and so far Rijeka has been the only city from the Republic of Croatia in the network of the cities chosen to join the 5th phase.

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The 25th edition of the shooting event between the city of Faenza and the city of Rijeka

Rijeka, 16 June 2009
The 25th edition of the shooting event between the city of Faenza and the city of Rijeka was held last weekend at the shooting range "Vladimir Gortan" and "3.maj" in Rijeka and "Vojskovo" at Kukuljanovo. This shooting event has been organised  for 25 years already, always in one of the cities, in different disciplines. This jubilee year it was Rijeka's turn to host the event.

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Reception for the ambassador of Japan

Rijeka, 15 June 2009
The mayor of the City of Rijeka Vojko Obersnel and the president of the City Council of the City of Rijeka Dorotea Pešić Bukovac with their associates held a reception for Yoshi Tamura, new ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Croatia. During the reception both parties expressed their wish to continue cooperation between Rijeka and Japan in the field of the economy, tourism and culture.

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Held the tenth edition of the regatta Fiumanka

Rijeka, 15 June 2009
The racer yacht Shining – Umagomaxi is the winner of the tenth edition of the regatta Fiumanka, held this weekend on the route Rijeka – Omišalj – Rijeka, on which occasion the sailing conditions were excellent. 163 racers took part in the regatta that has become an unavoidable place that gathers domestic and foreign yachtsmen. The main sponsor of the rich sports and entertainment programme was the City of Rijeka, and the general sponsor was the company Adria LNG.

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Reception for the ambassador of Kuwait

Rijeka, 9 June 2009
Mr Abdulaziz Abdullah Al-Duai, ambassador of the State of Kuwait to the Republic of Croatia who made his first official visit to the City of Rijeka was received by the mayor of Rijeka Vojko Obersnel, accompanied by vice mayor Željko Jovanović.

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Reception for Roger Tropéano, president of the international network, Les Rencontres based in Paris

Rijeka, 8 June 2009
On Thursday, 4 June 2009, the mayor of Rijeka, Vojko Obersnel with his associates Ivanka Persić, head of the Department of Culture and Irena Kregar – Šegota, senior associate for international cooperation, received Mr Roger Tropéano, president of the international network Les Rencontres with its headquarters in Paris. The objective of the meeting was to agree the organisation of the thematic meeting of the Les Rencontres network to be held in Rijeka in May 2010.

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Welcome party for the female mountaineers who have conquered Mt. Everest

Rijeka, 4 June 2009
A welcome party was organised on Korzo, for female mountaineers from Rijeka, Darija and Iris Bostjančić who have conquered Mt. Everest and for Vedrana Simičević, equally brave, who was very close to achieving the goal. The citizens of Rijeka warmly welcomed the first Croats who have climbed the highest peak of the world as members of the Croatian female mountaineering expedition, organised by the Croatian Mountaineering Association.

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Announced the 10th jubilee edition of Fiumanka

Rijeka, 1 June 2009
The 10th edition of Fiumanka, an unavoidable place that gathers a large number of domestic and foreign sailors, citizens of Rijeka and their guests, will be held in Rijeka from 11 to 13 June. In addition to a rich sports and cultural programme, supported by the City of Rijeka, as the main sponsor, the company Adria LNG, as the general sponsor, on the city waterfront, the organisers will be giving evening projections of the regatta's history on the installed waterwall.

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Hartera5 brings top performers from the world music scene

Rijeka, 28 May 2009
The fifth edition of the "Hartera" festival to be held from 11 to 13 June in the premises of the Old Paper Mill will bring more than 40 performers, among which the main performers (Royksopp, Klaxons, Sasha, Simian Mobile Disco) are at the top of the world urban music scene. The Hartera festival is one the biggest cultural events in Rijeka that leaves a strong mark on our city's urban identity and musical spirit.

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Inauguration of MIPRO 2009

Rijeka, 27 May 2009
The 32nd International Convention on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Electronic and Microelectronic, MIPRO 2009 one of the largest and oldest scientific and professional manifestations of this kind in this part of Europe has been inaugurated at the Grand Hotel Adriatic in Opatija. The convention gathers more than a thousand participants from 30 countries, and is sponsored, among others, by the City of Rijeka.

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The Ambassador of India on a visit to the City of Rijeka

Rijeka, 26 May 2009
Mayor Vojko Obersnel with his associates held a reception for the new India's ambassador to the Republic of Croatia, His Excellency, Pradeep Singh. Up to now Rijeka and India have co-operated in the field of culture, but both parties expressed their willingness to widen this co-operation to the field of the economy, science, new technologies and tourism.

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Primorac from Kotor has won the Water-polo Euro league Final Four

Rijeka, 25 May 2009
The swimming-pool complex at Kantrida hosted this week-end four best European and the world clubs that participated in the Water-polo Euro league Final Four Rijeka09, held there. Water-polo club Primorje from Kotor has won the title, and the swimming pool complex Kantrida again shone in all its splendour during this great international competition.

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Performance given by pupils from the Danish town Vejrum

Rijeka, 25 May 2009
This year again a group of pupils attending the school „Hardsyssel Efterskole“ from the Danish town Vejrum are on a tour to Croatia, organised by the Danish-Croatian Institute in Zagreb and supported by the Tourist Board of the City o Rijeka. They presented themselves to citizens of Rijeka with an attractive musical-dancing and acrobatic programme that they have been rehearsing for the whole year.

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Inauguration of the new rector of the University of Rijeka

Rijeka, 21 May 2009
The new, thirteenth rector of the University of Rijeka, PhD Pero Lučin, was inaugurated in the course of the ceremonial session of the Senate. Academician Daniel Rukavina, the outgoing rector, assigned him the insignia as a symbol of the rector's authority and honour. The new rector announced a further development of the University, in particular through investment in research and human resources.

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Monograph and record plaque – in memory of the 12th edition of the European Short Course Swimming Championship

Rijeka, 20 May 2009
The monograph titled "Run the Wave" was presented at the swimming-pool complex Kantrida which on 160 pages with about 300 photographs brings the story of the preparation, planning and implementation of the 12th edition of the European Short Course Swimming Championship, the first big sports event held in the new swimming-pool complex. Also a plaque displaying the records achieved at the Championship has been unveiled.

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Rijeka will host the European Individual Chess Championship for men and women

Rijeka, 15 May 2009
The agreement concerning the organisation of the 11th edition of the European Individual Chess Championship for men and women, the largest chess tournament up to now in Croatia has been signed at the lounge of the City of Rijeka. The championship to be organised by the Chess Club Rijeka, the Croatian Chess Federation and the European Chess Union, under the sponsorship of the City of Rijeka and the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County will be held in Rijeka from 5 to 19 March 2010.

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Held the final presentation on the project "Emigration – Yesterday and Today"

Rijeka, 15 May 2009
During the final presentation held at the premises of Filodrammatica, within the project "Emigration – Yesterday and Today", the winners of the debate tournament presented their experiences and conclusions about the debate. This marked the end of a successful project of the Department of Education and Schooling and the Department of Culture of the City of Rijeka and the institution Youth Centre Rijeka, included in the programme Europe for Citizens.

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The mayor has sent his congratulations to the Bostjančić sisters and words of support to the other members of the expedition

Rijeka, 19 May 2009
On receipt of the news that Darija and Iris Bostjančić have conquered Mt Everest, mayor Vojko Obersnel sent his congratulations to our brave fellow-citizens and words of support to the other members of the expedition through the Climbing Club of Rijeka

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The first solar photovoltaic system in Rijeka

Rijeka, 14 May 2009
The first solar photovoltaic system in Rijeka has been installed on the roof of the Municipal Building, thus marking the beginning of the production of electrical energy from renewable sources. The solar plant was presented within the celebration of the launched campaign, "European Solar Days", which aims to raise awareness among citizens of solar energy.

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Memorandum on the establishment of a regional innovative-development and educational centre for the local government and self--government

Rijeka, 11 May 2009
The City of Rijeka and the company Oracle Croatia have signed a memorandum on the establishment of a regional innovative-development and educational centre for the local government and self—government in Rijeka. To this project, Oracle will contribute its knowledge, experience and technologies, while the City of Rijeka its achievements, upgrades and application of innovative solutions in the local government and self-government systems – of Rijeka, as well as of other Croatian cities and cities of Southeast Europe.

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The third day of the gathering of participants in the project "Emigration Yesterday and Today"

Rijeka, 13 May 2009
At the castle Stara Sušica the third day of the project "Emigration – Yesterday and Today " is in course jointly prepared by the Department of Education and Schooling and the Department of Culture, and implemented in co-operation with the Youth Centre, within the programme Europe for Citizens.

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Inaugurated the Mediation Centre at the elementary school "Kozala"

Rijeka, 11 May 2009
The Mediation Centre Rijeka, the first centre of this kind in Croatia, has been opened at the elementary school "Kozala" in co-operation with the Forum for Freedom in Education and the City of Rijeka with financial support from the European Commission within the project "We can solve it  – via mediation toward the culture of democratic communication and conflict solution", aimed at preventing violence at schools and in the entire society.

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The City of Rijeka at the Fair „Transport Logistic 2009“ in Munich

Rijeka, 11 May 2009
One of the leading professional transport fairs - Transport Logistic 2009 – takes place in Munich from 12 to 15 May, where the City of Rijeka will present itself together with the Commune of Matulji. Logistics is the driving force behind globalisation, and the Transport Logistic, as the leading logistics fair, its front runner. Markets are getting closer, commodity flows need to be managed globally so that merchandise may timely arrive.

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Rijeka, the city where the third age swims upstream

Rijeka, 7 May 2009
The publication "Rijeka, the city where the third age swims upstream /Healthy Ageing Strategy in Rijeka 2009 - 2013", was presented at the City Hall. It is a bilingual publication that brings in the Strategy, which mission is to enable the citizens of Rijeka, long, healthy and active lives by providing (pre)conditions for healthy ageing, adopted by the City Government at the beginning of March

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Reception for a delegation from Pécs

Rijeka, 5 May 2009
The head of the City Department of culture, Ivanka Persić with her associates, received on Monday, 4 May a delegation from the city of Pécs led by deputy mayor, Mr. András Meixner. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the forms of cultural co-operation between Rijeka and Pécs, in particular within the project Pécs 2010 European Capital of Culture.

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Presented the project "Emigration – Yesterday and Today"

Rijeka 7 May 2009
The project of the City of Rijeka "Emigration – Yesterday and Today"  jointly prepared by the Department of Education and Schooling and the Department of Culture within the programme Europe for Citizens – Thematic gatherings of twinned cities, was favourably estimated by the European Commission so that financial resources were approved for its implementation.

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Celebrated the Liberation Day of Rijeka

Rijeka, 3 May 2009
By laying wreaths at the Partizan cemetery of Kozala and at the Memorial Charnel House at Trsat and a solemn commemorative programme and by laying wreaths at the Memorial of the Liberation in the Delta area, Rijeka celebrated its Liberation Day.

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Charity Carnival Ball Donation Presented

Rijeka, 29th April 2009
Rijeka Mayor Vojko Obersnel together with his associates presented a donation of HRK 155,000.00 to the Institute for Children’s Surgery of the Rijeka Clinic Hospital Centre. This amount was raised at this year’s 11th Charity Carnival Ball held at the Governor’s Palace as part of 26th International Rijeka Carnival.

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Reception for eminent scientist Steve Jones

Rijeka, 22nd April 2009 
Mayor Vojko Obersnel together with his associates held a reception for Steve Jones, renowned British scientist and head of the department for genetics, evolution and environment at University College London. Jones gave an exceptionally well visited lecture devoted to evolution within the programme of Rijeka Science Festival.

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Len delegation in visit to Kantrida swimming pools on the eve of Euro League Water Polo Finals 2009

Rijeka, 17th April 2009
The European Swimming and Water Polo Federation (LEN) delegation visited Kantrida Pools and had talks with the City of Rijeka representatives discussing details on the organisation of Euro League Water Polo Final Four 2009, taking place in Rijeka on 22nd and 23rd May.  LEN representatives expressed their belief that the City of Rijeka, having successfully organised the European Short Course Swimming Pool Championships, will organise yet another competition to be remembered.

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Agreement for Rijeka Gateway Project II Signed

Rijeka, 17th April 2009
The Port of Rijeka Authority, the Croatian Government and the World Bank have signed the Agreement for the Rijeka Gateway Project II, worth EUR 88 million. This project is a continuation of the Rijeka Gateway Program which will ensure the reconstruction of the harbour infrastructure, thus enabling a more effective work of the port system, as well as opening the city to its waterfront.

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6th Rijeka Summer Nights Festival Announced

Rijeka, 17th April 2009
This year’s Rijeka Summer Nights Festival will be held from 30th June until 23rd July, with the opening ceremony on the Karolina Riječka Pier featuring a spectacle with fireworks and acrobats by the renowned French urban company "Ephemere". During the 24 festival days, there will be 24 performances at 13 different locations in Rijeka.

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15th Anniversary of Friendly Relations between Neuss and Rijeka

Rijeka, 15th April 2009
The 15th anniversary of the establishment of friendly relations between Neuss and Rijeka was marked by a reception that was held for a group of young people headed by priest and city deacon Jochen Koenig and given by City of Rijeka department heads Branka Renko-Silov and Ankica Perhat. Everyone at the reception expressed their wish for a further co-operation, which began with their aid during the war and continued with numerous joint programmes and friendships.

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Reception for Jiři Menzel and Czech Ambassador

Rijeka, 15th April 2009
A reception was held in the City of Rijeka for the famous Czech film and theatre director, screenwriter and actor Jiří Menzel and the ambassador of the Czech Republic Karel Kühnl.  The Czech guests attended the gala showing of Menzel’s film Closely Watched Trains at the Croatia Art-Cinema, thus opening the Czech and Czechoslovakian Oscar Winning Film Festival.

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Janko Polić Kamov’s Short Stories Published in German Translation

Rijeka, 7th April 2009
The book entitled "Zwischen fluch und toleranz" presents Janko Polić Kamov’s twelve short stories in German translation. Janko Polić Kamov is one of the greatest figures of the Croatian and world avant-garde literature. The publisher is Rival from Rijeka while this project has been realised with the financial support of the City of Rijeka. The book will be donated to public and university libraries in Croatia as well as university libraries of Slavonic studies in German speaking countries in order for the wider reading public to become acquainted with the life and literary works of Janko Polić Kamov.

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At the University Campus opened the Science and Technology Park

Rijeka, 7 April 2009
A new building of the Science and Technology Park of the University of Rijeka (STeP Ri) has been opened at the University Campus, Trsat. It is the first science and technology park in Croatia that will develop know-how-based entrepreneurship, innovativeness and new technologies, by offering a number of services intended for scientists and innovators.

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11 new buses of Autotrolej put into service

Rijeka, 6 April 2009
The utility company Autotrolej has put into service 11 new busses, investing in their acquisition HRK 31.7 million. The average age of the bus vehicle fleet has been lowered to 10 years and all the vehicles are equipped with air conditioning.

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The 5th edition of the New Technologies and Products Fair

Rijeka, 3 April 2009
The 5th edition of the International New Technologies and Products Fair titled "Energy Supplies, Health and Global Warming" will take place from 08 to 10 April 2009, at the Croatian Cultural Centre at Sušak, Rijeka.  During the fair the 14th edition of the University's exhibition will be held, while DanTe (New Technologies Day) will take place at the City Hall.

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Rijeka one step closer towards the stars

Rijeka, 2 April 2009
Due to the newly built planetarium, unique in Croatia, the citizens of Rijeka will be able to watch the sky while leaning back in comfortable seats and discover astronomy secrets and the world surrounding us in endless cosmic spaces. This top-notch tourist attraction is part of the Astronomy Centre located in the former military fortress on the St Cross's hill, in which visitors of all the ages can enjoy.

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Presented a new interactive map of the City of Rijeka

Rijeka, 1 April 2009
A new Interactive Map of the City of Rijeka has been presented today to the public. Via an integrated maps and information system, it enables hassle-free on-line access to geographically located information about the City of Rijeka.

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Reception for the Norwegian ambassador Terje Hauge

Rijeka, 25 March 2009
The Norwegian ambassador Terje Hauge is on his first official visit today to the City of Rijeka, and his arrival is tied to the official inauguration of Loredana Frank-Jerman, who has taken over the duty of the honorary consul of the Kingdom of Norway in Rijeka.
On behalf of the City of Rijeka, the Norwegian ambassador was received by the mayor, Vojko Obersnel, the president of the City Council, Dorotea Pešić Bukovac and the deputy mayor, Miroslav Matešić.

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The Port of Rijeka - Hungarian window to the world

Rijeka, 24 March 2009
A reception was held at the lounge of the City of Rijeka for the State Secretary and the Commissioner of the Government of the Republic of Hungary for foreign economy, Mr Ábel Garamhegy, who has arrived in Rijeka on a visit to the City of Rijeka, the County, the Port of Rijeka Authority, and the Port of Rijeka in order to discuss further fields in which economic cooperation can be developed.

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Members of the Croatian female expedition "Everest 2009" set off to conquer the world's highest peak

Rijeka, 24 March 2009
The second Croatian female expedition "Everest 2009" after preparations lasting for a couple of months has set off today to Nepal in an attempt to conquer the world's highest peak. The expedition will make the first women's climb to the highest peak of the world, attempting to reach the summit without the use of bottled oxygen and the fastest women's climb in history, namely a non-stop push to the summit from the base camp, which so far has not been achieved by any woman.

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Opened the refurbished bowling alley at the Sports and Recreation Centre „ 3 maj “

Rijeka, 23 March 2009
Having refurbished the bawling alley at the Sports and Recreation Centre „3. maj“, in addition to the bowling alley located at Mlaka, Rijeka has one more sports centre available that meets the criteria for the international competition system and technical regulations introduced by the WNBA (World Ninepin Bowling Association), as well as the requirements for holding national ninepin bowling competitions.

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Urban challenges in Rijeka

Rijeka, 18 March 2009
A forum organised by the company Siemens and the City of Rijeka was held titled "Urban Challenges in Rijeka" where the results of a research project about urban challenges and the state of infrastructure in eight Croatian cities were presented with a particular emphasis on the City of Rijeka. Also, a roundtable was held that tackled the development challenges that Rijeka faces based on research showing that Rijeka, in many areas, has made a step forward when compared to other Croatian cities.

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Reception for the Belgian ambassador

Rijeka, 17 March 2009
Mayor Vojko Obersnel with his associates gave a reception at the lounge of the City of Rijeka to the Belgian ambassador to Croatia, His Excellency, Marc de Schoutheete de Tervarent who is on his first official visit to the City of Rijeka. During the visit, the Belgian ambassador will attend the programmes organized within the manifestation "The Days of Francophonie and French culture".

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The Days of Francophonie and French culture

Rijeka, 17 March 2009
The manifestation "The Days of Francophonie and French culture" will be organised for the seventh year in a row by the Croatian and French Friendship Society "French Alliance Rijeka". In the course of the manifestation various programmes will be held, such as exhibitions, lectures, films and musical evenings, and gastronomic moments. In addition to France, Belgium, Canada and Switzerland will present themselves as well.

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The 16th edition of the International Small-Scene Festival Rijeka

Rijeka, 12 March 2009
The 16th edition of the International Small-Scene Festival organised by the HKD Theatre and the City Department of culture will be held from 3 to 11 May. Ten plays will be performed at the festival of which five from Croatia, two from Serbia, while Lithuania, Germany and Hungary will each represent themselves with one play. The common thread of most plays is a critique of the modern society, i.e. wild-running capitalism and the world deprived of any morality and values.

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MEVZA final-four women's volleyball tournament

Rijeka, 11 March 2009
This week-end Rijeka will host another important sports competition – the final four tournament of MEVZA (Middle European Volleyball Zonal Association). The best women's volleyball teams in Middle Europe will take part in the tournament, including the women's volleyball club "Rijeka KVIG".

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A delegation of the City of Rijeka on a two-day visit to Faenza, our twin town

Rijeka, 10 March 2009
A delegation of the City of Rijeka led by the president of the City Council, Dorotea Pešić Bukovac was on two-day visit to the twin town of Faenza, where it participated in the award of the prize for poetry "Ma adesso io" to Diana Rosandić, poetess from Rijeka.

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Rijeka Hosts Members of the European Network Cities for Children

Rijeka, 6th March 2009
It is the first time that the City of Rijeka hosts member cities of the European Network Cities for Children. During the two working days, participating cities’ representatives, together with Rijeka experts engaged in that field, had discussions on the topic of "Prevention Programmes for the Reduction of Risky Behaviours Affecting Children's Health".

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Rijeka to host Water Polo Euro League  Final Four

Rijeka, 3rd March 2009
On 2nd of March at their meeting in Rome, the European Swimming Federation (LEN) Bureau Members selected Rijeka to host the Euro League Water Polo Finals.  After the successfully organised European Short Course Swimming Championships, the City of Rijeka submitted the tender to host the Euro League Water Polo Finals and managed to win and become the host city.

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International Carnival Parade

Rijeka, 20 February 2009
For the 26th time in a row the International Carnival Parade consisting of the final procession of all the traditional masks, carnival groups and allegorical floats will be held on Sunday, 22 February, starting at noon. In this year's carnival parade 79 carnival groups will take part with more than 8,000 participants, and 74 allegorical floats are expected to join in.

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Carnival Ball

Rijeka, 20 February 2009
Within the 26th edition of the International Rijeka Carnival, a carnival ball will be held at the Museum of the Maritime History and History of the Croatian Littoral, starting at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, 21 February 2009.

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Fanciful Children's Carnival Parade

Rijeka, 14 February 2009
The Children's Carnival Parade marched through the downtown for thirteenth time in a row, an event in which preschool and school-aged children take part. The parade of about 6.000 youngest fancifully dressed participants included in 80 carnival groups from Croatia and abroad invaded Rijeka, thus continuing the masquerade tradition of their ancestors.

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The mayor of Rome on an official visit to Rijeka

Rijeka, 14 February 2009
Mayor of Rijeka, Vojko Obersnel met with the mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno, who sojourns in Rijeka within an educational and touristic visit to cities abroad with Italian minorities having a strong identity, which includes Pula and Slovenian towns. Apart from his associates he is also accompanied by 300 pupils from Rome. At the meeting cooperation between schools in Rijeka and those in Rome has been agreed.

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The 18th edition of the masked car rally Pariz - Bakar

Rijeka, 14 February 2009
The 18th edition of the masked car rally Pariz – Bakar, a unique manifestation of this kind in the world included more than a hundred vehicles and over 300 participants. Having gathered at the part of the city called Pariz, the masked line of all types of vehicles arrived at the promenade Corso, to proceed afterwards towards Kostrena and end its route at Bakar.

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Reception for the new Czech ambassador

Rijeka, 12 February 2009
A reception for the new Czech ambassador to Croatia, Mr Karel Kühnl was held at the lounge of the City of Rijeka. The ambassador was received by the mayor of Rijeka Vojko Obersnel and the president of the City Council, Dorotea Pešić Bukovac. This is the first official visit of the Czech ambassador to Rijeka. Mr Karel Kühnl has been carrying out this role since 2007.

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Energy development of the City of Rijeka and accession to the European initiative of the Covenant of Mayors

Rijeka, 11 February 2009
On Tuesday, 10 February 2009, at the third edition of the conference - EUSEW - EU Sustainable Energy Week, the Covenant of Mayors signing ceremony took place in the European Parliament's hemicycle in Brussels, where the City of Rijeka was present as a co-signer of the initiative. On behalf of the City of Rijeka the initiative was signed by the mayor Vojko Obersnel.

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Dorotea Pešić-Bukovac and Romana Jerković have been awarded decorations "The Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity" and honorary titles of "Commendatore"

Rijeka, 9 February 2009
The Consul General of Italy in Rijeka Fulvio Rustico has awarded decorations "The Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity" and honorary titles of "Commendatore" to Dorotea Pešić-Bukovac and Romana Jerković. This is a high acknowledgment of the Republic of Italy assigned to foreign citizens and Italians living abroad by the Italian president in recognition of prominent work in the field of culture, art and science and the promotion of the Italian language and culture abroad.

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Opened the sarcophagus found in the archaeological site Pul Vele Crikve

Rijeka, 5 February 2009
The sarcophagus found within archaeological research in the archaeological site Pul Vele Crikve has been opened in front of the collection of stone fragments and monuments of the Museum of the Maritime History and History of the Croatian Littoral. As expected, inside the sarcophagus archaeologists have found a deceased person's bones without any deposited grave objects since the deceased was buried in the early Christian period when funeral customs did not include the practice of depositing grave objects.

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Reception for a delegation from Kawasaki

Rijeka, 4 February 2009
The mayor of the City of Rijeka Vojko Obersnel and the president of the City Council Dorotea Pešić-Bukovac with their associates have held a reception for a delegation from Kawasaki, the Japanese city with which Rijeka has been fostering friendly relationships for more than 30 years. During the reception, participants expressed their wish to intensify further cooperation, in particular in the field of science and new technologies.

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Blanka Vlašić winner of the First Edition of the International High Jump Meeting in Rijeka

Rijeka, 27 January 2009
The best Croatian athlete Blanka Vlašić is the winner of the first edition of the International High Jump Meeting in Rijeka held at the Youth Sports Hall last night, clearing 203 cm. It was an excellent introduction to the new high jump season which Blanka announced supported by citizens of Rijeka who by attending this event proved that quality sports programmes can attract numerous spectators.

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Laid down the cornerstone of the Athletics Hall at Kantrida

Rijeka, 26 January 2009
At Kantrida, near the stadium, the cornerstone has been laid down of another new sports facility in Rijeka, the Athletics Hall at Kantrida. The cornerstone has been laid down by the mayor Vojko Obersnel and the members of the athletics club Kvarner Autotrans Dragana Marušić and Toni Jonjić. The new athletics complex will consist of an athletics gym, an athletics club and a bridge rising over the new public staircase that connects the hall and the club into a functional unit intended for exercising athletics and other sports.

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The international athletics meeting gathers the best athletes in the women's high jump

Rijeka, 20 January 2009
The world's best female high jumpers, including Blanka Vlašić, winner of the silver Olympic medal, will participate in the first International High Jump Meeting Rijeka 2009 to be held at the Youth Sports Hall at Trsat, at 18:00 h on Monday, 26 January. Athletics fans will have an opportunity to enjoy athletics a day before the competition. Namely, on Sunday, apart from holding a drawing to determine performance order and the announced height progression, official outdoor training will be held for the public. The training will start at 18:00 at the Youth Sports Hall and the spectators will be able to watch at first-hand how the athletes prepare themselves for the competition.

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Presented an early Christian sarcophagus

Rijeka, 20 January 2009
Further to systematic archaeological research, multicolour stone mosaics and a massive stone sarcophagus were found last week on the square in front of the Church of the Assumption of Mary near the Leaning Tower. The systematic archaeological research is carried out by the Croatian Conservation Institute from Zagreb. The project is worth HRK 3.800.000 and excavations and remains of great importance to the City of Rijeka have been found, which add to its attractiveness from the scientific and tourist aspects.

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The mayor received the members of the Association of Holocaust Survivors in Croatia

Rijeka, 15 January 2009
Mayor of the City of Rijeka Vojko Obersnel received the members of the Association of Holocaust Survivors in Croatia. The members of the Association of Holocaust Survivors in Croatia sojourn in Opatija where their regular annual gathering is organised. During their stay they visited the synagogue in Rijeka, refurbished last year.

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Italian Drama on a guest tour to the Italian cities of Trento e Conselve

Rijeka, 12 January 2009
The Italian Drama ensemble of the Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc will present themselves in the Italian cities of Conselve and Trento giving performance of "Dramma Italiano/Kuća cvijeća koje leti“ by Edoardo Erba, the play with which in the season of 2006/2007 they marked the 60th anniversary of their establishment.

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The 26th Rijeka Carnival is knocking on the door

Rijeka, 8 January 2009
In the organisation of the Tourist Board, with the support of the City of Rijeka, the 26th edition of the Rijeka Carnival will take place from 17 January to 25 February, and even this year its central part includes some traditional events such as the election of the Carnival Queen and the Children's Carnival Procession and the International Carnival Procession. All those who love the carnival will again have an opportunity to enjoy "the fifth season", when everyone can be what he or she wants to be.

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