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More than just an Outstanding Sailing Project

Hrvoje Marušić, Assistant to the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, and Igor Simčič on strengthening collaboration within the Esimit Europa project

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Founder of the Esimit Europa project, Igor Simčič, today at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia met with Hrvoje Marušić, Assistant to the Minister. They talked about this year’s plans of the Esimit Europa project, which will bring an even closer collaboration between the two neighboring countries, while Esimit Europa 2 - one of the world’s fastest and most technologically advanced sailing yachts – will take part at one of the regattas in the Republic of Croatia for the first time during this season.

The mission of the Esimit Europa project is connecting diplomacy, business and sports in a unique way – through winning performances of the Esimit Europa 2 yacht, which sails under the European flag, it carries the message of a successful and united Europe around the world. Project is under the patronage of the President of the European Commission, Mr. José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Parliament, Mr. Martin Schulz, and is supported by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Mr. Sergey V. Lavrov as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, dr. Vesna Pusić.

Hrvoje Marušić today at the premises of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs welcomed the founder of the Esimit Europa project, Igor Simčič, who presented the project’s achievements and further plans. This meeting represents the next step after the project received the official support in 2012  from the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, dr. Vesna Pusić, in which she recognized the project’s endeavors of connecting the European nations, based on trust, mutual respect and dialogue. Upon Minister’s initiative, one of Croatia’s best sailors joined the Esimit Sailing Team that same year – Ivan Kljaković Gašpić, European and World Champion in various sailing classes and recipient of the title Croatia’s “Athlete of the Year.”

Later on, the Esimit Europa project was also a partner of Croatia’s biggest regatta – Fiumanka and of the European Youth Laser Radial Championship in Split. Following today’s meeting, the collaboration will be further developed and the Esimit Europa 2 yacht will for the first time compete at one of the regattas in the Republic of Croatia during this season.

At the occasion of this meeting, Assistant to the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, Hrvoje Marušić, said: “The Esimit Europa project connects us on the sea as well as on shore, while it continuously promotes values such as team spirit, solidarity, collaboration and innovativeness. Today, those values are essential, so I am glad that the Esimit Europa 2 yacht with its multinational crew will sail also to Croatia this year.

Founder of the Esimit Europa project, Igor Simčič, added: “I would like to thank the Ministry for their support, which is a great honour and acknowledgement of our efforts, especially since Croatia holds a rich maritime tradition, with numerous talented sailors and well organized regattas, where we will also compete for the first time this season.”

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Title : Hrvoje Marušić, Assistant to the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, and Igor Simčič on strengthening collaboration within the Esimit Europa project
Date : Feb 4, 2014
Location : Zagreb

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