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First FRISCO1 annual meeting over

Ljubljana, 19 January 2018 – First annual progress review meeting for the strategic cross-border project FRISCO1 (Cross-Border Harmonized Slovenian-Croatian Flood Risk Reduction 1 – Non Structural Measures) which is implemented in the scope of the Cooperation Programme Interreg V-A Slovenia-Croatia 2014-2020 was hosted by the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning and other project partners on 17 January 2018 in Ljubljana.

 

The meeting was held to review the project progress, its outputs and outcomes, and to discuss the next implementation steps, and included a number of Slovenian and Croatian experts in the area of flood control, including Slovenian minister of the environment and spatial planning Irena Majcen, directors-general of project partners, representatives of local authorities on both sides of the border, representatives of the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy and the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology and representatives of the Croatian Ministry of Environment and Energy.

 

Participants expressed appreciation for the successful cooperation of project partners and emphasised the importance of implementing flood control measures in the basins of rivers Dragonja, Kolpa, Sotla and Bregana and parts of basins of rivers Mura and Drava. The meeting also featured the first official presentation of the recently approved project FRISCO2.1-Vonarje, which is set to deliver flood control arrangements on one of the largest water barriers shared by Slovenia and Croatia, i.e. the Vonarje dam which is located on the Sotla River. Additionally, future structural flood control measures in cross-border basins of the rivers Mura, Drava and Kolpa, which are being prepared by projects partners, were announced.