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Ze worden door de EU gecoördineerd en beschermen onze huizen, vrienden, familie en banen. Hier lees je hun verhalen.

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Dunja Drmač

Kroatische, European Apparel and Textile Confederation

België

Dunja is Kroatische, maar ze woont in Brussel, waar ze bij de European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX) belast is met duurzaamheid. EURATEX is een organisatie die de belangen van de Europese kleding- en textielindustrie behartigt.

Dr Draško Holcer

Kroatisch natuurhistorisch museum

Kroatië

Draško is zeebioloog en hij is gespecialiseerd in ecologie en de bescherming van grote gewervelde zeedieren. Hij is senior conservator in het Kroatische natuurhistorisch museum en hij coördineert momenteel LIFE Euroturtles, een door de EU gesubsidieerd project om zeeschildpadden in het noorden van de Adriatische Zee te helpen. Hij heeft samen met zijn team led-lampjes gebruikt om de vangst van schildpadden in visnetten te beperken. 

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Budimir Šobat Buda

Association for Disabled People

Croatia

For 18 years, Budimir has been working to raise awareness of the needs of people with autism. At the Association for Disabled People in the town of Petrinja, Sisak-Moslavina County, Budimir works on two main projects that receive EU funds. His aim is to make sure that autistic people have the same rights as everybody else. In his effort to raise awareness of autism, he broke a world record by spending 24 minutes and 11 seconds under water without air.

Tonći Prodan

Portus et Navem

Croatia

Tonći Prodan was a maritime safety consultant at the National Protection and Rescue Directorate of the Republic of Croatia during the international field exercise Adriatic 2018. Funded by the European Union, this large-scale spill pollution exercise aimed to coordinate action among the concerned countries around the Adriatic sea.  Tonći led a team of eminent Croatian experts and scientists from the security field. He holds a doctorate on "The US and the EU in combating terrorism - strategy, models and results" and is a European and world-renowned expert in the field of terrorism and security threats.

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Melani Boris

Zamisli Association

Croatia

As well as benefitting from the services of the Zamisli association, Melani joined their ERASMUS+ project, Support for Students with Disabilities in 2016, and began promoting these students’ right to live independently. She is now the manager of the Personal Assistant project, where she works as a mentor to welcome new beneficiaries of the project. She is also a part of a campaign to provide housing and support to young people with disabilities who wish to live independently.

Tatjana Aćimović

Art director of the Children's Rights Festival

Croatia

For the past 10 years, Tatjana Aćimović has been helping to organise a festival that promotes children’s rights by screening European films, many of which were funded by the European Union. This is the first and only public event in Croatia accessible to people with visual or hearing impairments. Tatjana believes that culture and art can strengthen the community, raise awareness of children's rights, tackle poverty, create equal opportunities for all and protect the rights of vulnerable groups, especially children with special needs.

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Mira Katalenić

Croatian Guide Dog and Mobility Association, Croatia

Croatia

Mira Katalenić joined a group of volunteers working for the Croatian Guide Dog and Mobility Association at the beginning of the 1990s. The association carries out several EU-funded projects, one of which provides mobile support services to create conditions for better inclusion of blind people in the labour market and society. All Mira’s time and energy is now devoted towards developing orientation and mobility programmes for blind people in Croatia, assistance dog programmes for people with disabilities and children with developmental difficulties.