On 1st February 2020, the year when Croatia also holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first time, Rijeka was declared the European Capital of Culture. Rijeka became the first Croatian city which holds the prestigious title that has been awarded to competing cities since 1985 by the European Commission, which are required to prove that they consider culture as an important aspect of their development and transformation. On the occasion of taking the title Rijeka organized grand opening of the whole project in its own way as the all-day culture party, including more than 70 events at over 30 different locations. The event’s organization included more than 40 different associations, entrepreneurs, artists’ organizations and numerous individuals. An unusual but unique event of the day was the Opera Industriale which has brought forth a reminder of the rich and stormy Rijeka past, along with the messages of respect for the power of workers in the life of a modern city, the working people who proudly built Rijeka. Freedom, Tolerance, Antifascism and Love are some of the messages that ended the central ceremony, and the program continued through to the early morning hours, in Rijeka’s cafes and clubs and concert venues.
After the #SPASIME Initiative organized one of the largest protests in recent years, gained the support of the public, public stakeholders and policies, cooperated with civil society organizations and gathered a large number of interested parties, #spasime Fund was established. Given the fact that many victims of violence remain in abusive relationships because they do not have the financial resources needed for leaving the abusers. #SPASIME Initiative and SOLIDARNA Foundation recognized that and established the fund to provide quick help and protection for the victims of violence.
The initiative succeeded in something that NGOs have not for years: to put the issue of violence at the centre of public debate, to ensure public support at all levels to adequately address the problem of violence, because it came from a position of a "general' issue" and social engagement that had no ideological premise.
One of the world’s most dynamic airlines with a global footprint and ever-growing reputation Emirates launched a daily service from Dubai to Zagreb starting June 1, 2017.
Opening of the New passenger terminal of Franjo Tuđman Airport attracted a lots of media attention and was positioned as „the event of the year”, mainly because NPT project is one of the most significant foreign investments in Croatia, worth more than 300 million EUR. Gala event on the occasion of the opening of the New passenger terminal was held on March 21 and a week later the terminal started with regular operations.
After the official part of the program with speeches by PM Plenković and other representatives of the Government and the Concessionaire and a guided tour of NPT. VIP and other guests have had the opportunity to enjoy in a unique musical and entertainment program specially created for this exclusive event.
International cycling race Tour of Croatia brings together teams of the highest rank of UCI classification and some of the world's biggest cycling stars who compete in six stages. Tour of Croatia brings many benefits for the promotion of cities, national parks and the regions. With the desire to become an important part of the overall tourist offer and one of the main motives of the further development of cyclo-tourist segment, Tour of Croatia is a unique tourist product in Croatia, adding to the image of Croatia in the world.
Arena of Tour of Croatia is the entire country; the race is held at more than 1000 kilometres, including 12 host cities, and passing through more than 100 different sites, with more than 600 minutes of live TV broadcast. With the start in Osijek and grand finale in Zagreb, Tour of Croatia was live broadcasted by HRT and Eurosport, and many other TV stations on 6 continents – Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and Australia.